When you help someone up a hill, you get that much closer to the top yourself. -Anonymous

(a.k.a 100 Hour Board Qualifications and Requirements)

So you want to be a member of the Board, eh? Let's go over some basics before you submit a question asking how to get on the Board (which is not, by the way, a good way to impress us). Assuming you can walk on tacks and eat fire, check out the following requirements as written by the Board writers themselves (both real requirements and recommendations):

  • As we are a BYU organization, we only hire current BYU students.
  • If you plan to leave the university for a two-year or eighteen-month hiatus, we don't recommend applying less than eight months before you leave--if you get accepted, it won't be worth it until you get back.
  • You must like writing. Five to ten hours a week is the standard time to allow for Board research and writing. However, depending on the nature of the questions you are given, more time might be required.
  • Research might become your middle name. If you are afraid of that prospect, have your friends set up some treasure hunts so you can practice locating things.
  • You gotta know stuff. Or at least where to find stuff. Don't bother applying if you don't know where to find at least three sources on how contagious measles are, or if you don't know where to find out who to talk to in order to get a job with the university doing reptile shows both on campus and for local schools.
  • If you are whiny, irritable, lazy, or just plain mean, it probably isn't a good idea to apply.
  • You gotta be willing to answer dumb questions. And we mean dumb. Or, ones that might interest someone else besides you.
  • Most writers stay on the Board for one to three years, so this isn't some pansy short-term commitment.
  • When you write emails do you really sound like the real you, or do you all of the sudden sound like you're writing a business letter? For instance, if you were to meet Optimistic. in real life, his personality is the same as he is on the Board. We like those kinds of people. Don't use the Board as a place to escape if you don't like who you are. We do embrace difference, but not Jekyll and Hyde.
  • When you talk with your friends, are they entertained by your recounting of mundane matters or do you come across as just blah?
  • You must have frequent access to the Internet. And we do mean frequent. Some of us get on the Board multiple times a day.
  • You must be proficient in Google.
  • You must also have a sense of humor. And be mildly intelligent. No exceptions.
  • You also have to be the kind of person who actually listens to what other people have to say, or be good at getting away with not doing it.
  • Don't apply if you've read the Board for a week. Read it for awhile. Being a registered reader is a good place to start. Seasoned readers usually make the best writers.
  • If you don't hear back from us right away, don't worry about it. We keep applications on file for review for a full semester after we receive them. If you don't hear from us by then, chances are it didn't make the cut. Go ahead and try again.
  • And last but not least, you have to have read the archives. Besides being a good source of our knowledge, they're entertaining. They'll also show you how to apply to the Board, if you are still reading this and think you might make the cut.

Best wishes!