Intro: When selecting a University to attend it is very important you find a school that you can feel like you belong in. A school where you can study what you wish, you can afford it, and where you can have a freakin blast-cuz it’s college! Growing up I often rolled my eyes when people would rave about how much fun Rick’s College in Rexburg Idaho was, and then when it became BYU-Idaho.
I NEVER EVER EVER wanted to go to a BYU, let alone BYU-IDAHO. Idaho? Seriously? It sounded like a total drag. I wanted to go to a non mormon college maybe Wake Forest like my Dad. But then as high school went on, I found I really would like to have fun with some Mormon kids and actually be able to date an attractive cool good Mormon kid like I would find at EFY every year. So I started thinking about BYU-I which came as a shock to everyone, especially myself.
One summer I went and visited the campus and it just felt right. I couldn’t wait to go after that and once I did, I really wasn’t let down. Now I’m like the biggest advocate for BYU-I ever.
Once I went to Idaho many of my friends and others I would meet would ask me what on earth I did for fun up there. I mean we didn’t drink or smoke or have sex so I really wasn’t livin the college experience up right? Well that is for everyone to decide for themselves but or me, I have lived in a few different places, even Orlando Florida workin at Disney World, and no offense, but
I had the most fun times of my life in good’ol Rexburg Idaho.
Here are some ways I had fun at BYU-Idaho!
Live on Campus as a freshman and get to know your neighbors and people in your ward
I lived in the dorms my first year and I was so happy I did! I met some awesome fellow freshman girls and we could be as loud and crazy as we wanted to be and didn’t have to worry about older roommates being annoyed haha. If you are debating about living off campus your first year or the dorms-just do the dorms! You won’t regret it and if you do, you have the rest of your college experience to live off campus anyways. I also met some of my best friends who were my neighbors and in my ward. Get out of your comfort zone and say hello!
Eat with your friends
ne of my favorite parts about livin in the dorms was that we ate together in the Galley for our meals. That meant we got to eat with our big group of girl friends and guy friends and it was always a blast!
Pull pranks on your roommates and neighbors
We pulled a lot of pranks on each other. To the left is Katie tryin to penny in the door of Jane’s room but she heard us and started yelling: “I know what you’re doing!!” Usually we didn’t get caught! To the right are pictures of the wars we had with our neighbors in the dorms, they came in and put all our furniture upside down and we went in and sticky noted their dorms, they took all our pillows one day..but don’t worry I stepped up my game. Probably my most favorite prank was when we used clear fishing string and pulled on the door knockers at Colonial. One girl thought it was a ghost hahah
Have game nights!
We had game night every Sunday evening in our apartment. Every Sunday we had one we’d learn new games from people that came and got to play the ones we already loved.
Embrace the snow!
Rexburg is freezing. There is no way around it. But for me, I just embraced it and I learned to love it. We went to the sand dunes and went sledding..we had snowball fights in Porter Park, we made snowmen and snow forts..just get creative!
Pondskimming is an awesome event the school puts on every year! It’s hilarious. People snowboard or ski down a hill and try to skim across a pool of water. It is cooler than it sounds I promise.
Take the snowboarding class
Every Friday I would go snowboarding up in Targhee. I had never snowboarded before but I took the class and learned a lot from my instructor and other students. It was a great way to make friends but also get excited for the snow coming down which can be pretty lame if you don’t have a reason to look forward to it.
Go to school sponsored activities
Campus hosts a lot of fun activities such as I-Night, 50 lap relay, ice skating, rodeos, Halloween parties, roller skating, bowling, Slam Dunk Contest, salsa dancing and regular dances. Not to mention the workout classes are a blast as well. Nothing is better than abs that rock..except for maybe the hip hop class.
Support the sports teams!
Going to the basketball games, football soccer whatever is actually really fun! There are some really talented athletes up at Idaho you never would expect in a school with no glorified sports teams.
Instead of having cocktail parties we had mocktail parties haha..who says you need alcohol to have fun? I also heard of kids doing apple beer pong tournaments and such..to each their own.
Don’t skip FHE
I know sometimes you don’t want to go to FHE but seriously, it can be so fun. I met so many great kids that way and it was always an adventure. A lot of people do great FHE activities but go no matter what.
Go to the Haunted Houses!
Halloween in Rexy is awesome. The Haunted Houses are great for dates and FHE activities or whatever. They are not too scary but they will still give you a thrill.
Go to the dance battles
If you hear about a dance battle going on-go support it! These guys and gals are so talented and fun to watch. If you want to learn how I’m sure they could help you out or go check out the hip hop or break dance classes on campus.
Seriously I went to a MILLION dance parties. If you are ever looking for something to do-host a dance party. Blast some music and start dancing..the people will come. We even had dance parties outside with cars blasting music and people would randomly pull up and dance. Ain’t no party like a dance club partay!
Go to Concerts
There are always good shows going on in SLC but if you can’t make it, there is almost always a concert going on in town. Go check it out.
Go to Big Judd’s
This was always our FHE activity at the end of every semester. I never saw anyone eat the whole burger but it’s still a delicious burger and a fun thing to do.
I always have fun when serving others. My favorite is to bake goodies and ding dong ditch people.
My awesome roommate made me breakfast and dinner from scratch! She also got me three different flavors of ice cream and baked me a cake. If that’s not the best birthday love ever I don’t know what is.
My 21st bday I bought beer and then we shot it with guns like typical Idahoans haha
Of course I had a dance party on my birthday and apparently it was so wild the police walked in as Ke$ha was singing po po shut us down down haha
Arts and Crafts!
Join a sports team
I grew up playing soccer every day and loved the competitive soccer team program they have there. We didn’t win a game but we won the spirit award and still had a ton of fun. I also did the intramural teams. They have different leagues for how intense you want to get into the sports teams. I loved every sport I did. Honestly, the most fun I ever had playing soccer was on my intramural sports team at Idaho!
Support the arts!
Although I don’t have a picture of the shows we went to the musical theatre program and dance programs are excellent! Comedians also come like the mormon famous Kirby Heyborne and Guitars Unplugged is always well worth your time.
We went to see Twilight in Edward’s theatre ha
Play rockband or other video games with friends
Go sing at the Old people home
Go on a Scavanger Hunt
Somebody you know is going to get married
Get your roommate to dye your hair
I don’t recommend this for everyone..but I loved it
Go to the Temple
Have a massive water fight
Go to the Ice Caves
Go explore Idaho
Mesa Falls, R Mountain, Rigby Lake..the list goes on and on. Go outside!
I went to General Conference for the first time-as you can tell, we loved it. Happy faces! Hearing the Prophet speak is just phenomenal.
Get involved in school programs
I learned to longboard and snowboard in Rexy. Trying new things is what college is all about right? Within means that is..ha
Hang out with roomies
Get Horked Up
Horkley’s has super big soads for super cheap so obviously we went weekly to get Horked Up and wrote rap songs about it.
Blow fire with powdered sugar..need I say more?
Perform in the talent shows
Katie and I’s rap group 2Oh!8 we were the girl version of 3Oh!3 ha
Write a missionary!
Go to Utah
Take Roommate photos
Go play on the swings or grab a scooter or a longboard..there is always something goin on at that park
Take unneccessary classes
Go out to eat with friends
The Sand Dunes
The sand dunes are amazing for so many reasons. You can have a bonfire and roast smores or get a lil more wild with a dance party or play capture the flag with glow sticks..the list goes on and on. Just bundle up..it’s chilly.
The Taco Bus
Go to church
So what is there to do at BYU-Idaho? Apparently, nothing. 🙂