Written by Kayli Hansen
So you’ve researched every school on your list and visited some of the campuses. After much thought, you have decided that Brigham Young University is the right place for you. However, I’m sure you’ve found that even after you pick the right place, starting college is daunting. Here are the five things I wish I knew before I made it to campus:
1. Make time for social events:
BYU can be difficult academically— it's necessary to plan time to study. However, because of this academic strain, it’s even more important to be proactive when it comes to setting aside time to spend with friends. Even if it’s a Friday movie night at your apartment, being social will help you stay sane. There are some awesome people at BYU. Don’t get so caught up in schoolwork that you miss out on forming relationships.
2. Find a good place in the library to study:
The Harold B. Lee Library is the best place to study on campus. Most Freshman gravitate to the periodicals, but it gets crowded quickly. Unless you’re there to pick up a date, there are much better places. If you like it quiet while you study, it’s worth exploring each floor, because there are often individual desks or tables hidden in less trafficked areas. If you like study groups or background noise, the main floor, as well as study rooms are most likely the place for you. And if you know you’ll be doing a lot of research in a specific field, I’d suggest finding a place to study in that area of the library.
3. The professors and Teaching Assistants are there to help:
Lectures sometimes make it seem like the professors are only to be listened to and viewed at a distance. In my experience, this is not the case. Most professors are more than willing to help you and give advice. They have office hours for a reason. Simply knock on their office door, and ask them any questions you have. The same goes for Teaching Assistants. Having been a TA myself, I can attest that in the non-science and math fields, most TAs are underutilized. Like professors, they are there to help. They will work with you one-on-one, and most will even set up a time to meet with you outside of their office hours. If you need help or have a question, just ask.
4. Try the kid’s meal at the BYU Creamery:
Need a cheap place for dinner? The Creamery grill has you covered. You don’t have to be a kid to order from the kid’s menu. For about $4, you get a burger or grilled cheese, a big serving of fries, a drink, and a nice scoop of their legendary ice cream. With free refills on the drink, and your choice of fry seasoning and ice cream flavor, this might be the best deal in town.
5. The extracurriculars rock:
Even if you aren’t the biggest sports fan or theatre enthusiast, I’d encourage you to go to as many games and plays as you can. The atmosphere in the Marriott Center or Lavell Edwards Stadium, and the quality of the shows at the DeJong Concert Hall are always incredible. You may also want to try participating in intramural sports or attending a guest lecture or concert. They’re well-organized and you won’t be disappointed. You have such great access to these extracurricular activities while you are a student. Take advantage, and your time at BYU will be so much more memorable.
Hopefully this helps wash away some of your anxiety as you approach the school year. BYU is awesome, and these few tips can help you enjoy your time there!