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5 Things to Avoid at BYU-Idaho

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If you attend BYU-Idaho, you are bound to make a few decisions you’ll regret. But, if you avoid these 5 things, you will definitely be grateful when you look back on your time in Rexburg.

1.) The Academic Discovery Center.

While their intentions are pure, almost every student on campus has a horror story from the school advisors. Some are lucky enough to leave just being slightly confused, while others end up missing graduation because of bad information they received here. If you really can’t figure out what is going on with your degree audit on your own, talk to an experienced student or someone from your own department.

2.) Certain Online Courses.

Online courses can be a great way to open up your schedule to make time for work, dates, or friends. However, even though some of the courses are as easy as reading an article and posting on a forum each week, other courses are nearly impossible to pass online. Students who take higher level courses online tend to end up drowning in assignments as these courses try to compensate for lack of classroom time.  Go ahead and sign up for an online class if it’s a 100 level course, but be wary as you get into the 300 and 400 level.

3.) The BYU-Idaho Bookstore.

The campus bookstore seems like the logical place to pick up the books you need for the semester.  However, if you do this, you will end up paying much more than if you shopped somewhere else.  The bookstore has tried to improve, allowing students to rent textbooks and buy used, but the prices are still inflated. And if you are trying to sell your book back, you might as well forget it.  There have literally been semesters when I was handed 1 dollar after selling my books back. Try looking instead at Book Viking in town; their prices are better and customer service is just as good. And if Book Viking doesn’t have exactly what you need, check Amazon (with free 2 day shipping for Amazon Student).

4.) Broulim’s.

This grocery store has the highest prices around. In fact, the Walmart and Albertson’s in Rexburg also have drastically higher prices than nearby towns like Idaho Falls.  If at all possible, you should avoid doing grocery shopping in Rexburg all together. Especially avoid Broulim’s. If you are looking for specialty food, Broulim’s usually has a slightly larger selection than Albertson’s, and there is something to be said for supporting local business, but overall, the price is just not worth it.

5.) Foundations Capstone.

Do you enjoy listening to a few highly opinionated people argue every class period about controversial issues? Then you’ll love the Foundations Capstone course at Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho!) Designed to help students think critically about issues, the course ends up being a forum for a few people to debate while the rest of the class checks Facebook. The class was just added a few years ago to the required general education courses at Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho), but already has been axed, and will no longer be required in a few semesters. Save your time and money and steer clear of this course.

Michael Briscoe graduated from BYU-Idaho with his B.S. in Sociology in 2014. While at BYU-Idaho he worked as a custodian, and graduation specialist, as well as a manager and performer in various campus activities and performances.

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