We have all received them. They come every semester. It does not matter if you are subscribed to them or not. Each one a different topic, and some repeating the same.

Those scientific and technical communication surveys fill our inboxes whether you intend to respond to them or not. So, are these surveys worth the couple of extra minutes to take out of your day to answer them?

Heidi Edwards, head of the communication department at Florida Tech said she thinks so.

“They make an impact indirectly on campus, at the very least,” Edwards said. “Similar projects will often be taken up, which gets the idea out there.”

One of the main issues with putting ideas from sci-tech comm surveys to use is financial restrictions. Not many changes have come about directly because of the surveys, but there have been a few.

“Futuristics club, whose purpose is to bring all different kinds of majors together, came about from sci-tech comm surveys,” said professor Amy Laakman, who has been teaching the class sci-tech communication for three years now. She said the project is a part of the curriculum, so she definitely plans on continuing it for future students.

Indiella Kemm, a sophomore pre-med major, enjoys this project, and she said she hopes hers will improve the campus environment.

“I’m hoping it will make a change on campus. I was thinking about taking my results to SGA,” Kemm said. “It makes students aware of what we want to fix.”

Not all projects are solely survey-based. Some include a service project, like the one sophomore Kelby Callahan and her group members did for breast cancer awareness. Her sci-tech comm group sold cupcakes, played games, had a candlelight vigil and a meet-and-greet with a survivor to help raise awareness against breast cancer.

“From this project, I want to be able to give back to those affected by breast cancer and prevent more people from being harmed by it,” Callahan said.

The bottom line might be that if a student is having a stressful day filled with loads of schoolwork to do, surveys probably will not be on the top of a priority list. They could be, however, a great way for students to spread ideas and get people thinking about what they want to see on campus.

You never know — your idea may just be the one to make a change.