Wednesday, April 11, 2012

semi-secret BYU tips

in honor of the ending of classes here at BYU,
i present to you
Kimber's semi-secret BYU tips.

1. Don't rob Peter to pay Paul. if you are behind in a class, don't skip another class to catch up with it. stupidest idea ever. you'll never catch back up with anything.

2. so there's this place in the eyring science center that's the food sensory lab or something. pretty much you get PAID to taste test food for them. how does that not rock? It's on the south side of the 2nd floor.

3. Religion classes are often the highlight of classes taken at BYU. classes you can absolutely not experience anywhere else in the world. here are some great teachers. 

a. Todd Parker- Book of Mormon. Man you will learn SOOOOOOO much in this class, you'll study so much for it too. your book of mormon will have the most wonderful notes, quotes, stories, connections ever. the book of mormon comes a live in this class and all the stories connect. i loved this class (i took both the 1st half and 2nd half from him) so very much. don't be intimidated by what rate my professor says about the workload.
b. Susan Black- Church History. wow this woman is an amazing teacher and knows so much. church history came alive and you learn SOOO many more details about the beginning history of the church than you ever did before. way awesome.
c. Randy Bott- a classic. take DC or mission prep from him, essentially the same class and he rocks at teaching and inspiring you. it's how you wish all classes in college could be: you can enjoy class, not have to stress over tests, but still learn TONS.
d. Mary Jane Woodger- Living Prophets. wow this woman knows a lot about the prophets and apostles. it's as if you become close friends with these amazing men. reading the bios and talks were so wonderful all semester long.

4. take classes with friends when at all possible. it's easier to study together, get notes from each other, ask questions, have a motivation to go to class. it's just better. especially try to take GE's and religion classes with friends, nearly everyone has to take those so you might as well do it together.

5. if you have to take economics, sacrifice the gas and go up to SLC, it is well worth the drive

6. live close to campus and get a bike. parking is ridiculous and there's so much great, affordable housing so close. biking is the best too, cuts your 15 minute walk in half or less.

7. take at least 1 fun class each semester. seriously, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of all the awesome classes there are on campus. i of course took lots of dance classes but also bowling, sewing, pilates, sports, ice skating, cooking, scuba diving, outdoor hiking/camping/water classes. the list of awesome classes is seriously endlesss and seriously rocks.

8. use rate my professor and TRY YOUR HARDEST to get the good teacher, well worth your effort.

9. find upperclassmen who will sign up for special classes that fill up fast for you. it's all about who you know.

10. get a job sophmore year. freshman year is a whole different animal, don't do the whole job thing, just enjoy it. and try to find a job where you can at least do some homework while working. it makes all the difference.

11. stay away from 8 am classes at all costs. even 9 am is loads better than 8 am.

12. whatever you're wanting to do with your life, take human development SFL 210 from Larry Nelson. a life changing class that is applicable 100% to your life. stellar teacher too.

13. check out this blog. when there's free food to be eaten at BYU you can find out where/when it's going on on the blog!

14. bread sticks are a dollar at little caesar's pizza with your student ID. they pretty much can act as a meal in and of its self.

15. spend at least 1 spring/summer here in provo. sadly we really didn't get to and that's one of the things i regret most about my experience here at the Y. i did spend a summer at aspen grove which helped me experience a little of the awesomeness of provo summers but not enough. all i hear are fabulous things about spring/summer here, so DO IT.

there's bound to be more things i think of later but that's that for now.

yay for classes being done!

now onto finals...mmeh


Allie said...

I love this post! Even with my five years at BYU I still learned a few things from your tips! :)

Brooke said...

this is all so true and great :) BYU will miss you guys! (mostly just me and Christian though haha!)

Chandra said...

I just went and got breadsticks for a dollar at little caesars! thanks for the tip :D

Brittany said...

Aw, I miss BYU...