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Matt Eichner / Standard Journal reporter Matt Eichner had the opportunity to sit down with Brigham Young UniversityIdaho president Kim B. Clark for a wide-ranging interview recently. The following is that interview. Portions of this interview have been edited for brevity.

Matt Eichner: It is the 125th anniversary of BYU-Idaho (this year). What are some of your thoughts on the history of the university in the community and some of the impacts the university has had on the community? Kim Clark: And vice versa. Well I’ve been thinking about that quite a bit. And I’ll share a couple things with you. One, to me it’s really fascinating to go back and read what people in the late 19th century who built this school

and who also built this community, what they thought they were doing and how they saw what they were doing. And it’s fascinating to read how they felt about it, especially after they had been going awhile and was starting to take root. What’s interesting is they thought about their time the way we feel about our time. If you read the language the people said things like, “This remarkable school, that is a jewel of the valley, was created in the hardship and the poverty of a pioneer people, has now become a temple of learning.” And they had 300 students, and it was the Spori Building. And it sat right where the Spori Building is now. And it was a big, rock building. And in its time, it really did feel to those people that it was a temple of learning, because there wasn’t anything like it for, I’m sure, 500 miles. Well, not 500. In 1915, you could have gone down to Salt Lake and found

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buildings like that. You could have There’s a little effort underway to put gone, maybe, to Boise. But around here together something. But I don’t think there was nothing like it. It was just we’ve planned a celebration. We had a this big old building stuck in the middle pretty big one for the 100th anniversaof the hill. And they were so proud of ry. That was in 1988, and it was pretty it, and felt like it was just incredible. big. But the 125th is not a big university And the people event. who created it they ME: I underreally believed stand the FTE cap We now have what Jacob Spori went up to 18,000 said, “That what recently. And one meetings where we we’re doing is, of the things I today we plant the wanted to ask you ask questions like, seeds which will was, do you think become a mighty the university will “How are things oak whose branchreach that cap in es will spread all the near future? going in Ghana? across the earth. KC: Yes, we’ve So they thought had to change our What’s happening in they were doing views because of something really the change in the Peru? […] It’s really significant. And missionary age. So so today we look I’ll hazard a guess pretty amazing. back on that and we’re probably out say, wow, they did. four or five, six Look what’s hapyears, somewhere pened. We look in there. It’s a litat this campus, tle hard to predict the number of students. This has now because you’re having to predict how become a very significant educational all these students are going to react to institution, not only in Idaho, but in the missionary age change, how that’s our country, and educated thousands going to affect all sorts of things. That and thousands of students and reach- will get clarified over the next couple ing out beyond the campus. I see it as of years. But what we can tell over the a continuation of that pioneer spirit, projections we’ve got, the guys doing saying we’re building something that their crystal ball thing — and that’s will have lasting influence for a long, actually the name of the software — it long time. It’s a continuity you can see. looks like maybe out there five, six ME: And as we talk about it grow- years. ing, the first thing I thought of was ME: Do you feel like the university the online programs, and how that is has the infrastructure right now to hanspreading all over the earth. dle that many students? This is, what, KC: It’s amazing to listen and read, 20,000 students on campus? even going back to 1972 when President KC: Yeah, it’s probably in that Eyring was here, he talked about that. range. The infrastructure? But Jacob Spori, that was in 1888, he ME: I know there are a couple of said “We are planting seeds that will things on hold right now with building, become a great oak whose branches are those going to go forward, or are will spread all across the earth.” Now they going to stay stable for a while? he had in mind, I’m sure, the students KC: It depends on what a “while” going out, but he was inspired to say means. Certainly this year and next it, and today you can actually see it. year the only major project we’ll see We now have meetings where we ask is the new heat plant that we’re workquestions like, “How are things going ing on that we’ll have to do. It’s actuin Ghana? What’s happening in Peru? ally a good example of some divine How are things going down there in help. We started that project really Puebla, Mexico? How’s our program in about a year and a half, two years ago. Russia, in Moscow?” It’s really pretty And very recently the EPA and the amazing. Idaho Department of Environmental ME: Are there any things that you’re Quality notified us that as of next year, doing this semester to mark the occa- sometime in March, we’ll not be able sion? to burn coal any more — like zero. KC: I think our alumni group is Therefore, this project is really proviplanning to commemorate the 125th. dential. Fortunately it’s timing will be

such that we’ll make it through. So we’ll make it through this winter. And then the following winter that comes, we’ll have enough capacity on line that we’ll be able to make it through that winter. And it will be another year before the whole project is completely done. But we’ll have enough capacity to be OK. But I’m sure glad we didn’t wait, because we would have been in trouble. So we’ll see. But as far as infrastructure goes, we’ve learned a lot about campus and lot about how to use it more efficiently. We will have some challenges when it comes to office space. But we’ve got some ideas about how to deal with that. We feel that with the Manwaring Center, with the BYU-Idaho Center and the expansion, the spaces that we’ve created, and our deeper understanding with how to use the academic facilities, we think we’re going to be fine. ME: One of the things that has come up recently is Envision Madison and the university’s involvement in that. And maybe this is just the feel of it, but when Madison County did comprehensive plans it didn’t seem like the university was that involved. And all of a sudden here comes Envision Madison and all of a sudden your name

is getting thrown around a lot. Is there a difference between what’s coming in with Envision Madison versus the county’s previous work on comprehensive plans? Is there a reason why you or the university has gotten more involved in looking to the future? KC: I’ll give you my sense of it. I only have my own experience, so that goes back to 2005. But I believe, that since 2005, at least all the planning exercises that the city of Rexburg has been involved in, we have been involved in, either helping to fund them or actively participating in them. Envision Madison’s different because the process is different. There’s a lot more community engagement, and the university is a lot bigger, and therefore it’s got a lot more impact in the future. And so I would chalk it up to that a little bit. But as far as our interest and involvement in those (Madison County) processes, we were involved earlier. The one that I’m particularly aware of is the one that was done when, it was a company out of Colorado, and it had to do with land use, and we were involved with that. And the process of that one there was a lot less public

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involvement. And I don’t know that involvement in that was talked about very much. We feel very strongly that as the university grows the city and the county need to grow in a balanced way. So we don’t want to get into a situation where the university is growing, but the rest of the community’s not growing or not thriving. There needs to be more balance for it to be healthy and strong. ME: Do you think that’s happening? There’s a lot of student housing growth, but do you see that with the city infrastructure? KC: There’s been some improvement. But part of the reason why we really liked the idea of at least trying to think about the future was because we think there needs to be more. And we’ve done some things to try to help spur that along. We’ll see how it plays out. ME: A lot of green space has been put in, a lot of houses bought out. KC: That’s on College Avenue. ME: Any plans for that green space? KC: Well, I’ll tell you why we decided to do that, and we took it to the Board (of Trustees) and they agreed, is in the zone down there, which runs between

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First and Second South, and between about First East and, say, Second West, the zone in there, we could see that that was going, and it’s happening now, we could see that that was going to be redeveloped. It’s a really prime location for housing. It’s right next to downtown — it’s a prime area. And we were worried at the time about the quality of the properties. Some of the homes were really nice and the yards were very well maintained. But a developer had come in previous to that — actually a great guy — and had bought up about six or seven properties in there. And they had really gotten run down. I don’t know if you remember, it’s hard to remember since the green is so pretty, there were some very problematic properties along there, and they were being rented to our students. Frankly, we were worried (that) we were watching urban blight happen right on our doorstep, where the properties are close to the university, they are not maintained well, they begin to deteriorate and all sorts of consequences start to flow out from that. And we were just worried that it would flow that way. And we could also see that as time went on, because it’s right on our doorstep, that zone out there was going to be very

valuable to the university, very important to the university, and maybe what we should do it buy those things, and either run them ourselves, or take them down. And so we negotiated with that developer and bought that first set of six or seven properties. And when we got in there, and really got in there, we realized we have to take these down, because they were infested with bugs and stuff, termites and stuff. They were really decrepit, old electrical systems — they were really dangerous. And we probably should have gone in a long time before and fixed them or got rid of them. So we decided to take them down. We went to the board with the strategy of saying, “Why don’t we acquire the land there next to the university, to give us some options about what do.” And we have some ideas about what we do, probably involves some housing maybe some day, but might not, might be the university, other university uses, might work with a developer to make use of it. So if you look now at what’s happened, where we’ve acquired land between about, First East over past College Ave. to Center Street. We don’t own a lot of stuff on Center Street. We have a couple up on the top. We’ve got a lot of property on College Ave.

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And the church now owns most of that other stuff, and we’ve bought a couple of things. It will give us some degrees of freedom about what we’re going to do with it. But we want it to be both beneficial to the university and to the city. So that it generates income for the city, really contributes to making the downtown area vital, and so forth. Oh, and we ended up with a parking lot, too. We didn’t realize it, but that turned out to be part of the acquisition that the guy had made. ME: That reminds me of what the LDS Church had done, maybe a decade ago, in Salt Lake City when it had bought up all the surrounding properties around Temple Square, just to make sure that everything was (developed accordingly). Is that kind of a similar vision? KC: Oh absolutely. That’s absolutely right. And we watched, and what’s happened is what we thought would happen if we did that, is when the university began to acquire that property other developers came in and said, “OK, this is serious,” and they began acquiring property. And so now you’re seeing a very large project go up in that ped zone right there, and there’s a lot of discussion going on about those other

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properties. And I think over time it’s going to get redeveloped. ME: To sort of go back, where do you think the university is technology-wise? And there’s so many ways to answer that, but I wanted to ask you that, and see where your thoughts directed you in technology overall. KC: I think technology plays a really central role in the university and its long-term plans and development. We are really committed to online learning as a central part of what we do. And therefore we’ve had to really learn about and upgrade our technical infrastructure and our software environments, and really try to move forward to get better and better technically. That’s information technology on campus and in using it in education. I would say we’ve made progress, but we have a long way to go. We have a lot of strengths if you compare it to where we were, say, 10 years ago, which is a lot stronger technical organization, and much stronger technology on campus. The network on campus has worked very well for us. We have a lot of challenges, in being in Rexburg, frankly. It’s very, very difficult, even for us, to get the kind of bandwidth and Internet connections that we need. So

we’ve been blessed by this organization called IRON, which is called the Idaho Regional Optical Network, a consortium of all the major universities in Idaho, plus state government, the INL and some of the hospitals to build a kind of high-speed Internet system that would allow these institutions to get the kind of high-speed bandwidth that they need. And IRON has been running now for several years and is working really quite well. It’s been a blessing to us. But even then, even with IRON, it’s hard for us to get the kind of Internet connections and bandwidth we need, because we have pretty high demands. It’s just difficult because of where we are, and because the city does not have a really high-speed Internet infrastructure that’s been created and used. Some of our colleagues in other universities, not in Idaho, but in other universities in other parts of the country don’t really relate to us very well that way. They can’t understand. “Why are you guys worried about this?” Because for them, bandwidth is widely available, pretty easy to get, you just have to decide how much do you want. Here you’ve got to figure out, how are we going to get this? And then if you want to go to really a state-of-the-art system, where you

not only have a very high-speed bandwidth, say, a 10-gigabit capacity, but you also want it redundant, so you’ve got two routes to the Internet, and both of which are high speed and you can use them both at once, but if one goes down you can use the other — really redundant — that’s a lot of work. It’s been really hard, we’re not quite there yet. And so I would say we’re doing pretty well, made some progress, got a lot to learn. Got to get much better than we are. We’ve got to build an infrastructure that will work. Now the other side of it is, the world is creating lots of options. There’s a lot of technological change, a lot of new business models, a lot of new options that weren’t out there 10 years ago. So the whole cloud infrastructure, where people are offering storage and access in huge quantities so you don’t have to run it all on your own on campus gives us a lot of options about how we do things. There’s a lot to be done, but I feel we’ve made a lot of progress, and progress that we absolutely had to make. Now if we look to the future, if we were going to go stable, and said, “OK, we’re not going to grow, we’re not going to reach around the world, we’re just going to be here,” it would be a lot easier. But



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now we’re looking at growth, reaching out having students all over the world, we’ve got a lot of work. ME: It sounds like, looking at students around the world, if you’re looking at doubling that, it’s that much more bandwidth that the university has to have in order to reach them, right? KC: And see then it becomes even a bigger issue, because then the question becomes, well do you really want the kid in Moscow to get on the Internet by having to come to Rexburg, in effect? Do you want him to have to hook to you here? Wouldn’t it be better to have your information and your resources that students needs, wouldn’t it be better to have that distributed in different places around the world? So that if you’re in Moscow, you only have to go to some place that’s a lot closer than Moscow. Well that can be done. It can be done today. These companies that offer these cloud services that’s how that works. So you can get it distributed. So I think we’ll learn how to do that stuff and build those kind of relationships, so that you don’t have to get to Rexburg in order to get what you need. ... We’re already using those kinds of services. And if they’re working well, nobody can tell. ■


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Some unique places in southeast Idaho are just a hop away JOSEPH LAW / Madison and Fremont counties are obvious jumping off points for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, but there are many other nearby attractions. Camping, boating , horseback riding, cycling, fishing and riding ATVs are just some of the recreational opportunities within a drive of an hour or two. Southeast Idaho has terrain that ranges from lunar landscapes to clear water streams and rivers in wild forests. Here is just a sampling of what is out there. Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area Located east of Driggs on the west side of the Tetons, this area is 123,000 acres of wilderness with about 175 miles of trails. It’s named for Jedediah Strong Smith, a mountain man from the state of New York who explored the region in the early 1800s. The mountainous forested terrain has trails, lakes, streams, meadows full of wildflowers and a wide variety of wildlife including bear, elk, deer, raptors and many small birds and mammals.

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway Ashton is the jumping off place to many scenic and recreational activities in the area. The Mesa Falls Scenic Byway is a great way to get access to some amazing places. Take State Highway 47 east from Ashton to see Upper and Lower Mesa Falls, Warm River and you can also take side trips to Bear Gulch, Cave Falls, Teardrop Lake or Horseshoe Lake. Warm River Springs on Wood Road 1 is a scenic spot not very far east of the highway. Cave Falls on Falls River is not very tall, but at 250 feet it’s the widest waterfall in Yellowstone Park. The name resulted from a large cave at the base of the falls. From that location Bechler Meadows stretches into the southwest corner of Yellowstone and leads to a series of waterfalls known as Cascade Corner. On the north end of Highway 47 you can connect with U.S. Highway 20 in Island Park.

Island Park Home to Harriman State Park, Island Park Reservoir and Henry’s Lake the area is full of opportunities for boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, camping and more. An abandoned Union Pacific railway has been converted into a scenic trails that stretches from Warm River Campground to West Yellowstone, Mont. crossing numerous rivers and streams. Especially worth seeing is Big Springs, located several miles east of Mack’s Inn. On the forested edge of an ancient volcanic caldera the springs are the headwaters of Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. The crystal clear waters of Big Springs is closed to fishing and the fish seem to know that — there are some monster trout lurking there that can be seen from the bridge. At Big Springs Johnny Sack’s Cabin, a historic home, has been preserved for visitors to enjoy. Buffalo River feeds into Henry’s Fork and the two rivers present a variety of views as they flow through the area. Coffee Pot Rapids and Box Canyon

are very popular for hiking and camping. St. Anthony Sand Dunes For views similar to the Sahara visit the St. Anthony Sand Dunes west of St. Anthony. It’s an active place for using ATVs and dune buggies to travel the shifting dunes. Caution is advised due to rapidly changing conditions, steep slopes of the dunes and rocky outcrops. Kilgore Area Take the Red Road from the Parker area past the dunes to visit some authentic cattle and sheep ranching areas around Kilgore Aldous Lake in the forest north of Kilgore is a small alpine lake with amazing vistas. Mud Lake Wildlife Area A short distance north of Terreton and Mud Lake this wetland preserve takes in about 9,000 acres. Many species of waterfowl call the place home at times as numerous species of ducks migrate through along with Trumpeter Swans, Canadian Geese, Sandhill Cranes, Double-crested Cormorants and Great Blue Herons.




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Fall 2013 Sand Creek Wildlife Area On gravel and unimproved roads north of St. Anthony this 32,000 acre wildlife habitat area consists of high desert rangeland, marshland, ponds and forest. There are 30 ponds and numerous small streams. The area is home to many kinds of waterfowl and other birds as well as small mammals, elk and moose. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve This unique place is located on State Highway 20 west of Idaho Falls. Although the area may appear desolate it is actually teeming with life, with more than 750 types of plants and almost 300 animal species. According to the National Park Service between 15,000 and 2,000 years ago the vast lava field of about 618 square miles was formed during eight major eruptive periods. There’s a seven mile scenic loop and a visitor’s center and the star gazing opportunities are said to be amazing. There is a 51 site campground among the lava formations beyond the visitor center. Although the place can be hot and windy in summer, mornings and evenings are recommended times to explore the unusual landscape. Shohone-Bannock Tribal Museum I-15 Exit 80, Simplot Rd. The Shoshone Bannock Tribal Museum tells the story of the tribes themselves and their unique place in the story of the west. In addition the museum has information about Sacagawea, the Lemhi Shoshone woman who guided the Lewis and Clark expedition. The Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival and All Indian Rodeo is held the second weekend of August each year. Tribes from the United States and

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Canada gather for this four-day celebration and the public is invited. Bear Lake Recreation Area Straddling the Idaho/Utah border, Bear Lake features many recreational opportunities on its turquoise blue water. With plenty of accommodations along its shore, the lake is great for jet skiing, swimming, boating, sailing, water skiing, wake boarding and fishing. Nearby are hiking band biking trails, as well as hunting opportunities. See the area’s website at www.bearlake. org. Bear World For a wild time visit Bear World, a drive-thru wildlife park featuring magnificent bears and other wildlife. Yellowstone Bear World is located at 6010 South 4300 West in Rexburg. Telephone (208) 359-9688, or see their website at www.yellowstonebearworld. com for sessional hours of operation and special events. Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular destinations for travelers to the region. The park offers the world’s largest collection of geysers, views of wildlife, spectacular waterfalls and miles of scenic country. America’s first National Park, Yellowstone was established in 1872. Yellowstone’s weather is unpredictable and can change quickly - visitors are advised to be prepared for a range of conditions. Updated information on the parks’ snow and plowed roads is available 24 hours a day by calling (307) 344-2117. Adjacent to the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, the West Entrance is open to wheeled vehicles from the third Friday in April trough the first Sunday in November, then to tracked over snow vehicles from the third Monday is December to the Monday of the second full week in March. Visit the park’s website at www.


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Laundry shortcuts to try Laundry is a chore few people enjoy. All that sorting, washing, drying and folding can be time-consuming. But laundry is a chore you simply cannot ignore. Fortunately, there are ways to cut down on the amount of time and effort that goes into doing laundry. • Get more out of your wardrobe. Reducing your laundry load often means getting more wear out of clothes before they end up in the hamper. However, there are some who may cringe at the thought of wearing dirty clothes. But just how “dirty” are they? In 2009, a college student and one of his professors conducted their own experiment to test just how much bacteria would be on a pair of jeans he wore consistently without washing. Canadian college student Josh Le wore a pair of jeans for 15 months straight without washing them and took a sample for bacteria. He then compared that sample to one taken after wearing the same pair of jeans for just 13 days in a row, which is the average duration a person wears a pair of jeans before washing them. After a bacterial swabbing of both pair of jeans, there did not appear to be any differences in the amount of bacteria on the jeans at both intervals. In fact, most of the bacteria came from Le’s skin. While wearing clothes for a year before washing would be extreme, many clothes can be worn a few times before they need to be laundered. • Sort before washing. Purchase a sorting hamper that enables you to sort clothes into lights, darks and delicates so you will not have to do the sorting at the time of washing. • Use “pod” type laundry detergent. Pre-measured laundry detergent pods contain just the right amount of detergent needed for most loads. Rather



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than measuring and pouring, you can pop in a pod and go. • Don’t overload the washer or dryer. If you fill up the washing machine or dryer to the brim, you might feel as if you can fit more clothes into every load and save time. But that’s not the case, as the washing machine or dryer may not adequately wash or dry your clothes if it’s too full. You may end up having to run another cycle, which will take longer. • Rinse stains when they happen. Use some cool water to dilute stains and apply a pre-treater. In so doing, your clothing item can sit around for a day before washing without forcing you to spend time fighting a stubborn stain that won’t wash out. • Add a dry bath towel to the dryer. Include a dry bath towel when machine drying a damp load of clothes to make clothes dry more quickly. Some say putting a tennis ball in the dryer also will help fluff the clothes and make them dry faster. • Remove clothes promptly. To avoid a big ball of wrinkled clothes, take them out of the dryer when they’re done. When you forget to remove clothes right way, rerun the load for a few minutes with a damp towel inside to loosen wrinkles. • Get organized. A more organized laundry space can cut down on the time it takes to wash and dry clothes. Have racks for hanging delicate garments and shelves for folding and sorting. • Play catch-up. If clothes have piled up and you simply have not had the time to get to them, drop them off at a nearby laundromat. Many have washand-dry service for a few cents per pound.

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Time management tips for busy college students Today’s college students are busier than ever before. Tuition hikes and higher cost of living has forced many college students to work part-time jobs in addition to their full-time jobs as students. In addition to the need to work, college students are also embracing extracurricular activities in an attempt to make themselves stand out in an increasingly competitive post-college job market. While that ability to multi-task might one day prove attractive to prospective employers, it’s an ability many students must learn. Time is often a commodity for college students, and managing time effectively can make the difference between a successful student and one who is overwhelmed by stress. • Learn to prioritize. For some college students, the weekend is the ultimate priority. Though this might be a recipe for fun, it’s not a recipe for success. Prioritizing both academic and social commitments is a very important step for students looking to manage time more effectively.

First and foremost, school should be a student’s top priority. After studies, it’s up to a student to choose what’s the next most important priority. This is often very difficult, as colleges typically offer a bevy of activities to students. Socializing is an important aspect of college life, but students must be careful not to place socializing too far up the totem pole of their priorities. When prioritizing, it’s best to keep i n

mind education comes first. Keep school and school-related activities high on the list of priorities. • Don’t over-extend. Many students love college for the very reason that there is so much to do. In an effort to ensure all students make the most of their college experiences, colleges and universities provide many different avenues by which students can express themselves and become a part of the college community’s fabric. However, with all those activities, it’s easy for college kids to go overboard and over-commit themselves. Attempting to do too much can lead to feelings of stress and burnout, often resulting in poorer academic performance. When managing time, college students should schedule

some daily time to relax and take a breather. • Keep a planner. Daily planners might seem very adult, but they’re also very practical. Students with academic, extracurricular and social commitments should write things down in a daily planner to help keep their heads from spinning. Larger things like midterm exams or research papers don’t need to be included in a daily planner. But smaller details that tend to get lost in the shuffle should be written down to help students stay on track and make the most of all of their commitments. • Stay as flexible as possible. While today’s busy college students might scoff at the suggestion they stay flexible, flexibility is an important element of time management. Few plans ever go off without a hitch, no matter how well planned they are. Something unexpected tends to pop up around every corner. By remaining flexible with their time, students are putting themselves in positions to better handle these unexpected surprises, be it a sickness, a computer crash, car troubles, etc. (MCS)

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How to switch majors successfully Choosing a major is often met with trepidation. College students may feel pressured to choose a major when they are less than certain about what they want to study. Majors aren’t set in stone and students have the opportunity to switch concentrations if their original choice isn’t the right fit. Perhaps now more than ever, there is pressure on students to pick the right college major. In this weak economy, experts are touting advice on choosing a major that gives students the best chance of finding a job after graduation. The National Center for Education Statistics says that in 2007 and 2008, the most popular majors were business, social sciences, history and education. According to Capital University, students usually have so many interests that they have difficulty narrowing their choices. Their first inclination is not to declare a major and wait to see if they find their niche. In general, two out of every three university students change majors at least once. This should give hope to



students who feel they need a chance. Here are some tips that should help with the process. Wait to declare. Many educators advise waiting a semester or two before declaring a major. Take a variety of elective courses and general education classes that will fit degree requirements regardless of major. A guidance counselor or adviser can help undecided students choose courses that might help them find an area of study. Take an assessment test. The career or guidance office may offer some of the standardized tools to help students find an area of concentration. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey are two resources students use to identify strengths and potential paths of study. Do your research. If you’re considering a new major, talk to your advisor about what will be

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required of that new major, including classes and other coursework. You can also talk to students currently studying under that major. Knowing what to expect beforehand can make the decision-making process a little easier. Talk to the dean. Many colleges and universities have deans or advisors in charge of students in certain majors. They will know the courses required for a degree. Switching majors may involve taking or re-taking some courses that will fit with the new major. It may also mean that some courses that were taken cannot be applied to the new major. This can result in having to take more classes one semester or taking an extra semester to graduate. Consider finances. Taking different classes or stretching out your college career an additional semester might cost more money. Be sure that the finances are there, whether personally provided or

funded through financial aid. Assess whether your major truly matters. Many liberal arts or general studies majors are applicable in many fields. Therefore, switching majors may not even be necessary. Think about continuing with a current major and then concentrate or minor in something more specific. Determine if you really need to switch majors. Sometimes the decision to switch majors is made for you. If you are having difficulty keeping up in class or find the courses really do not interest you, it may be time to change. Failing grades can impact grade point average. Dropping a class – or a major – is a way to redeem yourself. Choosing a major is seldom an easy decision. Rest assured that if the first choice isn’t ideal, students can switch majors successfully with few obstacles. (MCS)


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Benefits to joining a campus organization The first week of life on a college campus can be somewhat overwhelming for first-year college students. For many students, college is their first taste of independence. Some embrace that newfound freedom, while others grow homesick and long for the company of their immediate family. But as the school year progresses, the majority of first-year college students adapt to life on campus and grow to love their new surroundings. Once students have comfortably adapted to their new lives, many seek opportunities to become more actively involved in life on campus. College clubs and organizations are a great way to do just that, providing a host of benefits that further enhances college life. Meet people Joining a student club or organization is a great way for college students to meet fellow students, professors and other people of note on campus. This is especially beneficial for first-year college students, whose social circle may otherwise be limited to roommates or fellow residents of their dormitories.

Joining a club or student organization can quickly expand that social circle to include people who share your interests and not just your dorm assignment. Find a major Many first-year college students are unsure about a course of study, enrolling as an undeclared. Such students can benefit from joining clubs or student organizations that pique their interests. For example, joining an on-campus debate club might help you discover a passion for debate, which can lead down a path to becoming a lawyer. Students who enroll in college without declaring a major may have the most to gain by joining a club or organization. Boost your GPA Joining a club or student organization also may make you a better student. That’s especially likely for students who join a club or organization that’s aligned with their field of study. A club or organization can help you apply lessons from the classroom in real-world situations, improving your grasp of certain concepts. In addition,

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your fellow club members may make great teachers, especially those who are ahead of you and have taken many of the same classes you’re now taking or can expect to take down the road. Such students can be invaluable resources, helping explain concepts and offering advice as to which courses to take and which professors they prefer. Network with professionals Clubs and campus organizations also are a great way to begin networking with professionals in your future line of work. Many clubs or organizations bring in professionals within the field to speak to members. Such speeches and discussions are typically membersonly, which means you will have an advantage over fellow students in your field of study who have not gone the extra mile and joined a club or organization. Professionals may also give you advice on finding an internship in your field or a job once you have graduated.

or your future career, signing up is a great way to improve your overall college experience. You’re liable to create more memories, make more friends and get the most out of your time on campus, which many college seniors will tell you is going to be gone before you know it. Take advantage of all of the opportunities your college or university offers, and you will likely one day look back and be glad you made the most of your time on campus.

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Taming the cost of textbooks In an era when digital books can be downloaded to an e-reader for a few dollars, students may feel it foolish to shell out several hundred dollars for a hardcover textbook that will only be used once. Many college students are shocked at the cost of their textbooks. In fact, many students do not take textbook costs into consideration when budgeting for school, only to have their jaws drop at the checkout counter of their campus bookstore. The cost of textbooks has been an issue on college campuses for years. Many elementary and high school students do not have to pay directly for their textbooks, but college students must pay for their books. There are a number of ways to curtail costs. One of the reasons behind the high sticker price for college textbooks is the copyright fees publishers of large anthologies must pay to every author who contributed to a book. Such costs can quickly add up. When there isn’t a large demand for the books, publishers

will not make much money if they don’t charge more for the books. Another reason for the high cost of textbooks is that some are accompanied by online companion resources. The publishers build the price of these resources into the cost of the book. An additional contributing factor to students’ high textbook tabs could be the faculty at their college or university. Some professors are not sensitive to the cost of books, selecting books they like or even ones they authored themselves without considering the price of such texts. Supply and demand may also influence the cost of textbooks. When too many textbooks are in circulation, there is no longer a high demand. So publishers make money by continually issuing new volumes with an item or two changed to justify the purchase of a new book. But as costly as textbooks can be, students can employ various methods to trim their textbook tabs.

• Purchase used textbooks whenever possible. Used textbooks may cost half as much as brand new texts. They may be highlighted or have notes in the margins, but if you can overlook these things, you can save money. • Sell back textbooks. Keep textbooks in good condition and attempt to sell them back to either the campus bookstore or one near to the school. If the edition will be used again, you may be able to recoup a significant amount of the money you spent on the book. • Shop around. Jot down the ISBN number for the particular textbook and then go online and price it out. Thanks to the Internet, you may find the book elsewhere for a significant discount over the in-store price on campus. • Look for alternative formats. With that ISBN number in hand, find out if there are digital or softcover versions of the textbook available. These formats may be more affordable and easier to lug around as well. • Compare the old edition to the new.

The new edition may have different page numbers or minor changes, but not enough to negate the value of the old edition. You can save a lot of money on an old edition. • Share the book with a classmate. Make friends with someone in your class and share the costs and use of the book. Set up study and homework sessions to work together or make copies of particular chapters if you need to work solo. • Consult with your financial aid counselor. Sometimes financial aid can offset the cost of textbooks. You might be eligible for aid to cover the cost of your textbooks throughout the school year.

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How to give your resume a facelift The process of finding a new job has changed dramatically over the last decade-plus. Whereas professionals once printed their resumes and mailed them to hiring managers in response to job postings, nowadays resumes and cover letters are largely uploaded via the Internet or emailed directly to a company’s human resources department. But how resumes are sent is not the only adjustment job seekers must make. Resumes themselves have changed as well, and professionals looking for a new job might want to tweak their existing resumes in the following ways to increase their chances of finding a new job. • Show accomplishments rather than responsibilities. Many hiring managers are experienced enough to know the responsibilities of a certain job title. So instead of listing your responsibilities as a Regional Sales Manager, list what you accomplished during your time in that position. Be as specific as possible, listing any sales goals you exceeded

and awards you might have won. Your achievements are what set you apart from other candidates with similar work histories, so use your resume to highlight those achievements instead of listing your responsibilities. • Keep things brief. Brevity should be your friend when accentuating your accomplishments on your resume. Your resume should highlight those accomplishments and that should be enough to secure an interview. When you get that interview, that’s when you can go into greater detail. But try to keep your resume to one or two pages. • Remove older positions. Older posi-

tions, such as a long-ago college internship, have no place on a seasoned professional’s resume. On a similar note, if you have long since changed careers, you may not need to include much about your previous positions in another field, especially if your work experience in your new field is extensive. Hiring managers likely won’t be interested in a past work history if it’s irrelevant to your current field. • Consider a new format. Few job postings request applicants to send in their resumes via snail mail, so unlike the days of old, you probably won’t be printing your resume as a Microsoft(R) Word document and mailing it to prospective employers. As a result, you might want

to consider a new format when submitting your resume via a company’s Web site. Word documents might be acceptable, but such documents can easily become encoded in the uploading process or won’t be readable if the hiring manager has a different version of Word than you do. Consider uploading your resume as a PDF or as plain text, as such formats are less likely to become scrambled during when they are uploaded or downloaded. • Upload your resume to a professional networking site. Many professionals are initially hesitant to upload their resumes to a business networking site such as LinkedIn(R) out of fear that their current employers will feel they are looking for a new job. But so many professionals are now members of such sites that it’s no longer associated with a job search as much as it is an easy way to keep in touch with professional contacts. In addition, many recruiters rely on sites like LinkedIn to find qualified professionals, which only makes it easier to find your next job.


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A publication for the students returning to BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho for the fall 2013 semester.