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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

Hello everyone! I have just completed my first semester of college at CU, and I cannot wait to tell you about my experiences through freshman year! After a stressful load of finals in mid-December, it was great to have almost a month-long break to go home, visit family, and relax for a bit.

Finally the time has come to return to Boulder for second semester! I am amazed by how quick these past months have gone by, but as they say, times flies when you are having fun!

Speaking of time, I was thinking back to where I was a year ago, and I can’t help but remember the feelings of stress, anxiety, and anxiousness I felt just around this time of the year. Being a senior in high school, I had applied to all of my colleges, visited many of them, and was waiting to hear back. Part of what made me so nervous was the fact that I applied to a wide range of schools, not only academically, but geographically. I was very torn because it wasn’t that I wanted to attend one school over another, but I would soon have to pick ONLY one school to attend. What I really wanted was to go to ALL of them! Coming from a small beach town in southern California, I had been spoiled with fabulous weather, sandy beaches, and fish tacos year round. I knew this was my opportunity to experience a life different from what I had been living for the past 18 years.  As my parents said, “You can live anywhere for four years!” Now was the time.

A few months passed, and finally it was decision time. I really surprised myself because I began to have second thoughts about leaving my home state. California was comfortable to me. I could go to the beach every day. I knew people there.

However, as I continued to research and review my options, something kept drawing me back to Colorado. After visiting CU's campus, I didn’t know if it was the uniform, brick buildings, the plethora of academic opportunities, or the Division 1 sporting teams that grasped my heart. It might even have been the crisp mountain air! While most other schools I applied to were not as big as CU, one thing that really resonated with me when I toured the campus was that you can make a big school feel like a small school (by putting yourself out there, getting involved, participating, etc), but you can’t make a small school any bigger than it is.  Regardless, it was clear that CU Boulder was the school that had it all.

That being said, I also want to note that I never got "the feeling" they say you get when you visit the right school. I knew that I loved it, and that everyone on campus seemed to love it as well, but it still took courage to commit.

One year later, I am happily halfway through my first year, and loving every minute! There is not doubt in my mind that I made the right college decision. I have met many interesting and diverse people through my classes and through joining organizations on campus. I have gotten to know my professors on a personal level, and I have been pleasantly surprised after realizing that not every class at a large university has hundreds of students in it (something that I was previously concerned about!). I have experienced all different types of weather that I never got in California: extreme heat, flash floods, bitter ice, and piles of snow. I have continued to live an active lifestyle, running and hiking in the Flatirons and taking full advantage of our Rec Center (newly remodeled and state-of-the-art!). I have (almost) survived the bittersweet experience of living in a dorm, but that is a story for another day. In addition, I have started this blog for the Office of Admissions because I am so in love with my school and my town. I hope that all prospective students and parents can read along and see what life is like as a college student in 2014, and hopefully make a more educated decision about their own college selections.

I look forward to sharing all the new experiences spring semester will bring!

Go Buffs!

Paige

Moving day: a look at all the "stuff" the thought I needed...

Moving day: a look at all the "stuff" the thought I needed...

 

 A hike to Royal Arch looking out over Boulder

A hike to Royal Arch looking out over Boulder

 

Beautiful bridge across Varsity Lake outside of my Spanish class

Beautiful bridge across Varsity Lake outside of my Spanish class

 

 The first snow outside my dorm!

The first snow outside my dorm! 

 

A week of non-stop rain, floods, and hot chocolate

A week of non-stop rain, floods, and hot chocolate

 

 Crunch time on the goal line in the breast cancer awareness football game against University of Arizona

Crunch time on the goal line in the breast cancer awareness football game against University of Arizona

 

 

Paige
Journalism and Political Science • Ventura, CA

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