Student Living Social Media Campaign: July

The weeks are slowing down with the semester coming to a close.
With the last few weeks, we wanted to send students off with some ideas on how to “Create Zion” in their homes or wherever they may be at this time.
With this new campaign, I had time to brainstorm ideas this week of what to post, what to focus on, what to invite, and how. I’ve created some mock posts that I will review with the council this upcoming week and continue to brainstorm for more ideas.

The last two weeks I spent time pondering about building Zion. I listened to conference addresses and studied certain scriptures about this topic. I came up with some ideas on how we can have more interaction with students through the Instagram highlights. Some posts I plan on executing are 1. Building Zion tips 2. Scriptures/thoughts about how we can build Zion from prophets 3. Personal examples and stories about how students are doing this around the world. Invite them to send in stories. 4. Challenge our audience something new about building Zion.

With these ideas, our goal this month is to encourage and support students building Zion in their individual and unique circumstances.

We are hoping to inspire students with uplifting posts through this difficult time in the world right now. We feel that these ideas are inspired and hopeful for good interaction to come.

5 Best Tips for Proper Form


5 best tips for proper form

Use these helpful tips to be safe in the gym! 

Proper Squat Form

  1. Start with your feet shoulder with apart
  2. Squat down by bringing your hips back
  3. Keeping your back straight and chest up going into and out of the squat
  4. Don’t let your knees go past your ankles
  5. Try to break parallel with your hips lower than your knees


Core Form

  1. Lie down on the floor with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Keep your head and neck straight
  3. Align your head with your spine
  4. Contract your core during each exercise
  5. Exhale on the up motion and inhale on the down motion


Side Plank Form

  1. Start on your side with one arm directly under your shoulder holding you up
  2. Keep feet together with one foot on top of the other
  3. Hold your arm straight up
  4. Raise your hips, align your body
  5. Contract your core
  6. Hold for at least one minute


Lunge Form  

Can use with weights, a bar on our back, or with hands together in front of you.

  1. Begin with feet together
  2. Take one large step forward
  3. Make sure your knee doesn’t go farther than your ankle
  4. When stepping forward, make sure your heel hits the floor first
  5. Keep your back straight and in line with your bent knee creating a 90 degree angle
  6. Bring leg back into normal position


Lat Pulldown Machine Form

  1. Sit down at the machine
  2. Make sure your legs are securely braced. You may have to raise or lower the seat.
  3. You’ll typically want to grab the bar with a wider grip, adjust accordingly. 4. Pull down the bar to your upper chest while keeping your shoulders down. 5. Keep your chest forward ad your shoulder blades pinched together


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Leadership Continued

For the month of June, we have decided to focus on Natural Leadership on our Social Media. With this campaign, we’ve decided to present presidents and a short biography, quote and then an attribute we can each follow. Some of the presidents I’ve worked on the past week are Jacob Spori, Ezra C. Dalby, George S. Romney, and Hyrum Manwaring. I’ve found information online to create a short biography, and a quote to share. I then read through the information and choose an attribute that fits each president. I use the template that I created for the first president, and substitute photos in for each president. With all of the content prepped, we are ready to post 3 posts a week for the rest of the month.

With content creation, I’ve learned that it’s best to create in batches, a few weeks ahead. With a content calendar, my team has been able to schedule out our posts for an entire month at a time. This helps us stay organized and on top of our content.

Student Living has the responsibility to share ideas with Home Evening. We want to inspire students and families all over to have home evening. We have recorded videos for the last few weeks of activities that can be implemented in home evening to teach “Love, Mutual Respect, and Shared Responsibility.”

3 Amazing Tips to Stay Motivated 


3 amazing tips to




Stay motivated this summer by following these three achievable ideas. 

It’s summer. Have you achieved your summer bod yet?

If so, great job. What’s your next goal?

If not, what are your plans to keep moving forward?

Life is about progression, progressing from one level to the next.

We all struggle at times, but goals help us stay in line. Motivation comes and goes, and can be difficult to find at times.


Motivation comes from within. How do you find the will to live healthy? Is it for personal satisfaction or a desire to live longer? Does your motivation stem from others expectations or standards you’ve created or yourself? Finding consistent motivation can be tricky. When you focus your “why” for personal reasons, your goals are much more attainable and maintainable.

Here are three tips on staying motivated this summer.


Tip 1: Focus

Focus directs action. Action brings results. Focus on your goal. Are you trying to lose weight, gain or maintain? Are you trying to change your eating habits? Whatever it may be, your focus will direct your actions towards your goal. When you achieve results, you are more driven to keep acting.

Tip 2: Consistency

Do it every day. As simple as that sounds, it makes all the difference. When you continue to focus on your goals for a long enough time, messing up or taking a day off will seem foreign. You’ll appreciate your routine and desire to keep it.

Tip 3: Goals

Make a goal. Choose to accomplish something reasonable, but still enough to stretch your abilities each day. Make sure you plan out how to accomplish it so you have a plan.


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5 types of Plant-Based Protein to Include in Your Diet



5 typs of plant -based protein you need to include in your diet! 



Instead of filing up on meat,

give your diet some variety with plant-based protein.


Consuming enough protein is essential for our body’s health. When we think of protein, our mind often jumps to meat like steak or chicken. Although meat is good for the body, we want to give our bodies a variety of foods. Too much protein is unhealthy, especially too much meat.  New York-Presbyterian Hospital said “Eating too much meat can make you sick.”


If you consume too much of a certain type of meat, it can lead to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

 Here are some other options of protein you can include in your diet.


Peanut Butter

8 g per 2 tbsp



14.5 g per 1 cup



10 g per ½ cup



7 g per 1 cup



12g per ½ cup


If you feel bold enough, or desire to run off of plant-based protein altogether, a plant protein diet could be sufficient for your health. If you feel that you need a little break from meat, this is ideal for you.


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5 Amazing Hydration Tips!


5 amazing hydrating tips!

Stay hydrated this summer by following these guidelines!

We need water. It’s essential to help our bodies function properly.


You’re thirsty, but you’re just tired of drinking plain old water every day.

You know it’s the heartiest drink, but you worry about having enough h20 in your body.

Here are just a few tips and tricks to help you drink more water daily.

1. Drink a glass of water before every meal
Not only does this help you remember to drink more, but it helps your body feel more full when eating. You’ll be able to control your appetite better by doing this.


2. Carry a water bottle with you every day.
If you have one with you, you’ll be reminding yourself to drink. Buy a water bottle with measurements to show you how much you’ve drank. Make goals with yourself throughout the hour to drink every few minutes.


3. Make tea, add water flavors to your drink
If you like tea, add this to your daily routine. Not only is tea a different option that gives you variety, it helps your body with digestion. Add a lemon to it in the morning and your body will thank you.

4. Add something fresh to your water
Strawberries, cucumber, or even some basil infused water gives you a refreshing option!

5. Eat hydrating fruits & vegetables
Consuming foods that contain water will allow you to stay hydrated. Try eating some watermelon, strawberries, zucchini, spinach or tomatoes!

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Natural Leadership

Even though the students are scares, we are still at work to promote Student Living around the world.

Our focus has evolved the last few months to mainly Social Media. Our small team or three has grown in numbers as volunteers are willing to help Student Living in creating content. Within the last two weeks we filmed two home evening activities for students to participate in at home or in their apartments. These activities serve as a way for students to learn the qualities of love, mutual respect and shared responsibility. Last week we filmed our small group “Passing the Pudding.” Each of us had a partner lying down, head to head as we attempted to serve pudding in each others mouth without spilling on each other. The winner was the group that passed the pudding faster than everyone else. We filmed this activity and are planning to put it together and share it on our social media.

June is our month to focus on “Natural Leadership.” Last semester, we came up with a theme to post and share content on Instagram and Facebook. This month we will be focusing on how to become leaders here at BYU-Idaho and to continue forward with these attributes after we graduate. This last week, we came up with some ideas that we could focus on and post throughout the next few weeks. Some of our ideas include: showcase leaders in our lives, spiritual messages about leadership, share how Christ is the greatest leader and how we can lead by following His example, lead in our apartments or at home, etc.

I started to create a mock up design for sharing leaders of BYU-Idaho. We want to showcase presidents of the university and of Ricks for the next few weeks. We will share quotes and qualities that these leaders have and how we can learn from their examples. Below I have shared the mockup, ideas and content calendar that we have created.

This draft will serve as a template for all other presidents we share. We will be posting about leaders three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We have researched the best times to post on social media so that we can have the most engagement and interactions. Our posts will be mainly shared through the highlights on Instagram. We will share a photo on the feed after published. Throughout the week we will also be sharing our home evening videos and other uplifting content.

Student Living Week 1

Student Living Coordinating Events Council

As a council, we’ve had to focus on helping connect with students via social media this semester. Student Living is an well-known organization on campus at BYU-Idaho. Our goal is to teach mutual respect, shared responsibility and love to all students. We hope that students will leave BYU-Idaho with these attributes and qualities. We feel that we can separate ourselves from the world with what we gain here at BYU-Idaho.

Our team is relatively small this semester. There’s three of us on this part of the council and a few others in the Volunteer Council. With these few numbers. we’ve gathered ideas on how we are able to reach the majority of students on and off campus at BYU-Idaho. We have been creating and sharing content through Instagram to help bright light and love. Over the last few weeks we’ve shared a new challenge, the “ISmile” challenge where followers post a reason as to why they smile on their Instagram highlights. With these responses, we ask them to tag us and return we will share their posts on our feed. We’ve had a lot of interaction and shares.

We’ve met as a council to discuss what to continue to post for the next three months. My team and I had a thought to create a video series called “The Band.” It would be a parody of “The Office” but a band that teaches the Student Living Principles. Throughout the semester we are creating a plan and finding volunteers to film in order to make this happen. We will soon have a script of what we will create for our pilot video.

I am enjoying working with my team. There are few of us, but as we strive to help build and inspire students around the world, we feel more connected together as a team.

Here are some examples of posts that have been shared on the Instagram.

We updated the Instagram Highlights to help our brand.

Student Living Events Council

Over the last 14 weeks I had the opportunity to work as a leader for Student Living Events Council.

I held a leadership position over the social media department. I was over a team of three individuals who are interested in photography, design, social media and videography. Our goal was to create meaningful content for Student Living’s social media, gain more of a following on instagram, and encourage students at BYU-Idaho to have love for one another, mutual respect and shared responsibility. With this goal, we posted 2 times per week on the feed and highlights of Instagram. We created fliers for events, took photos,  promoted booths on campus, and also filmed activities to share with Home Evening groups. In addition to receiving our social media assignment, we also were responsible for creating content for a Facebook page that shared information to Home Evening Coordinators.

We created a social media calendar with a plan for what we will post the next few months on Instagram and Facebook. In addition to creating a plan, we organized a document with all of our ideas and goals as a team for the following 14 weeks that we’d hold these positions.

For the month of February, my team and I decided to focus on sharing posts about love. Love, shared responsibility and mutual respect are the principles that Student Living teaches. The month of March, we decided to promote service within the home. With these ideas, we would create a long list of words that related to service or love. We’d then take these words and come up with a post idea. We’d plan the photoshoot, location, model, question and caption. We’d always plan our content a month ahead and finalize a week or two in advance so that we’d be prepared.

As expected, many challenges came up through the semester that limited some of our work being shown. Other groups had planned events, and due to the Covid 19 outbreak, all of those events were cancelled. But, to replace these efforts we made a goal to share more on social media about how individuals can serve from home. I created many graphics that have been shared on the social media.

It was a great experience learning and working with a team. We had to basically start over with the social media account. We created a mood board on Pinterest along with a color theme that we wanted to incorporate into our designs, highlight bubbles and how we edited the photos.

As a leader, I delegated assignments to my team each week. I would ensure that the content we created was appropriate for the university guidelines and fit with the brand we were creating. I had the opportunity to teach some of my skills with photography, editing photos, and graphic design. My team was willing to work each week and with the ideas we had, we created content that many of our followers valued.

I enjoyed being able to share my talents and capabilities with a team. I loved learning from them, taking their ideas and actually creating content for a wide audience to appreciate. Overall, the experience helped me grow as a leader. I learned how to delegate assignments, plan and prepare content, organize a team and motivate others. We were able to share the principles of mutual respect, shared responsibility and love not only on social media but with everyone we came in contact with.




Final Week of Student Living Council

Final Week

This week. because of Covid 19, our classes on campus were unfortunately cancelled. We were limited with the work we could do, but because we had prepared some content the week before, we had enough to post. Our team posted three photos on instagram between this week and last. We had planned on the theme for March being “service,” and because of the stress and anxiety of this outbreak, there’s plenty of opportunities to serve others at this time. We really wanted to be able to bring some light to social media since it’s so saturated with concerns and fears about Covid 19.

Our council had desired to create a booth for Home Evening on campus- we had prepared a countdown on social media for this booth. The booth will not happen anymore since there won’t be too many students on campus, and we’ve been instructed to only have ten people in a room at once. I created some graphics this last week that I had planned on sharing via social media. I had created a countdown of service that would lead up to a giveaway. Each day would be a new way to serve by either holding a door open for someone, washing your roommates dishes or even calling your grandma. As students served, we’d ask them to document their good deeds and message us a photo to be entered into our giveaway  of a gift card to a restaurant.

Here is some of my work!

Hello, I am Emily!

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Visual Communications major at BYU-Idaho. As a fellow Idahoan, I love exploring the outdoors by hiking and kayaking. I'm a photographer, musician, and visual designer.

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