This archived article was written by: Mike Gingell
Balance in one’s life is essential to survival and sanity and in a college student’s life that isn’t different. A full-time student’s life needs to consist of more that just books and sleep, there needs to be social activity. Whether it be sports or interaction with other peers, having a social life is essential as most students would agree whole heartedly. But, of course, balancing those is the key to success.
The social activity in one’s life is an import outlet for stress, an essential part of physical, mental and emotional health and a great way to increase one’s social network. In simple words, students need to step back and have some fun, find a place of peace and quiet where they can relax, re-energize and just simply forget about life’s stresses and problems.
When asked about what students do or where they go to find social escape in Price, many answers derived from one source: the institute. One of the best places for students for find that escape, to make new friends, and enjoy themselves is at the LDS Institute across from the Reeves lawn.
The institute offers a lot more that perceived, they not only offer classes based on the study of Jesus Christ and his teachings, but also regular activities like free meals for students, pool, ping pong and foosball tournaments. They also hold dances, movie nights, socials and much much more. When asked what were some favorite things about the institute replies included: “Cookie Tuesdays”, where there are free cookies every Tuesday, “the opportunity to meet new people,” “the friendly environment” and “all the free activities.”
The purpose of the institute, according to Austin Ashcraft, institute counsel president, is “ to provide a wholesome environment, activities, instruction and a safe haven to escape life’s stresses.” The slogan “everyone is invited” is always applied to people of all faiths and backgrounds whether it be for the classes teaching life skills or the activities. The doors are always open.