BYU Foundations Conference 2021
“Choose to Serve”
BYU's Foundations Conference (previously known as Foundations of Leadership Conference or FOL) is an annual conference for incoming BYU freshmen focused on involvement, leadership, and connection. This conference, hosted by the BYU Student Connection and Leadership Center, is designed to be a launchpad for your years here at BYU. At this conference, you will be presented with the opportunity to connect with campus organizations, meet other incoming freshmen before the start of the school year, learn from the experiences of upperclassmen peer mentors, learn from hand-picked speakers, and have a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Students have the choice between two sessions this year: August 19-21 or August 23-25.
The Foundations theme for 2021, Choose to Serve, is based on Joshua 24:15, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
[Foundations Conference] was the best possible way to start my freshman year of college. I was nervous and going to BYU before I went to [Foundations] but it calmed all my fears and gave me a great spiritual experience. I learned a lot about leadership and how I can be a leader at BYU both with a title and without one.
It is seriously the best! It helped me get over the fear many freshman experience about meeting new people and branching out of your comfort zone... 10 outta 10 recommend!
It is a great experience and a wonderful welcome to BYU... The speakers are great and relevant to our lives, and the lessons learned will shape our BYU experience.
Overall, [Foundations Conference] helped my transition into freshman year. I was able to get to know fellow BYU students, learn about BYU culture, and I had an amazing time.
It has been my favorite part of my BYU experience. Going through the program as both a participant and a mentor has opened me up to a multitude of people and opportunities to involve myself and make the most of my college experience. College is more than just grades, it’s about becoming who you are meant to and [Foundations Conference] is a great guiding program.
It is seriously the best! It helped me get over the fear many freshman experience about meeting new people and branching out of your comfort zone. The activities are all tied back to leadership and the gospel, and you can’t help but feel so loved! 10 outta 10 recommend!
It is a great experience and a wonderful welcome to BYU. You are in a beautiful area with lots of great people that will quickly become your friends on campus. The speakers are great and relevant to our lives, and the lessons learned will shape our BYU experience.
[Foundations Conference] really changed my outlook on going into college. I was a super excited but I didn’t really know what to expect when it came to classes, people, and how I should go about making friends and getting to know people. After [Foundations] I was more excited than ever to start not only learning but serving in every capacity I could. I made immediate friends, learned from speakers, and even gained some school spirit! I am forever thankful that I chose to go. THANK YOU FOL!!!
My time at [Foundations Conference] was not what I expected but in the best way! My peer mentors were great people that had a genuine interest in me and helped create the fun environment felt throughout [Foundations]. My group was amazing, too! I probably would have never met them, but now I have 10 new friends! Whenever I see fellow group members on campus, it’s so fun to catch up with them. Overall, [Foundations] helped my transition into freshman year. I was able to get to know fellow BYU students, learn about BYU culture, and I had an amazing time.
I met so many people, some that lived only fifteen minutes away from me! [Foundations Conference] is a great way to start off the school year and get the jitters out. You are able to get out of your comfort zone in a good way and everyone is in the same position as you. It had the best dance I have ever attended! You are surrounded by the gorgeous mountains and are able to enjoy God’s creations. [Foundations] is necessary in my opinion nothing can beat it.
It’s a really cool experience that prepares you for BYU and gets you excited about college. There are a lot of fun activities and inspiring speakers. You meet a lot of new people and work with upperclassmen who are passionate about your success :) You get a head start by being exposed to clubs and people at BYU. The Spirit is also really strong at this conference.
I’d tell others that the best way to go into [Foundations Conference] is without any expectations! I’d never attended a leadership camp before, so I was really going in blind. But I wouldn’t have it any other way! If anything, I’d promote this more to kids who’ve never participated in such events because it makes it so much easier to go into school knowing you have friends from the camp.
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