Chloe Booth is an Interdisciplinary Studies student with a concentration in architecture and clusters in horticulture and human resources management. Chloe has looked back on her experience at BYU-Idaho and has found that her participation in an academic society has been an important part of her experience.
Last semester, Chloe joined the Architecture and Construction Management Society(ACMS) on campus and is now serving in the presidency as the society's secretary.
"Societies are basically a group of students who are all volunteering and have a similar goal," said Chloe, "ACMS is very broad; we have activities, we do a lot of community-based service project, we have competitive teams and we have seminars which are held weekly."
The ACMS invites different companies to their seminars and every division in the ACMS is volunteer-based.
"If you're in the program it's so much easier to get an internship because companies see that you are volunteering your time and that you're serving the community," said Chloe, "With any society on campus that you join, it makes your resume stick out that much more."
As secretary, Chloe oversees the seminars put on by the society as well as the company relations division and shares what she has gained from this experience.
"It's taught me so much; responsibility, formulating emails and talking to professionals within the industry," said Chloe, "I think it's made me well-rounded and given me experiences that I will use in a future job."
There are many societies on campus that provide opportunities for leadership, similar to what Chloe has experienced.
"Being in ACMS I have to work with [around] 30 people and they're all different," said Chloe, "Being able to work and collaborate with people teaches a lot of managerial skills."
Societies are a great way to become exposed to work in your designated industry and prepare you for real-world experiences.
"Societies give you an overall outlook on what your industry is going to look like when you're in the workforce," said Chloe, "You're never going to learn or do something that doesn't benefit you or give you experience or growth."
There are over ninety-five societies on campus, each of which are grouped by the different colleges on campus.
"I would recommend to anyone who is an Interdisciplinary Studies student, whether it is for your concentration or your cluster, to join a society [that has] the strongest [relevance] and has the most going on because you will learn so much from it."
With plans to graduate this year, Chloe shares her own goals for the future.
"Short term, I would really love to work with a development company developing subdivisions and mixed-use buildings," said Chloe, "Long term, I would love to get more into the real estate game."
Discover the different societies on campus.