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!
Moving day: a look at all the "stuff" the thought I needed...
A hike to Royal Arch looking out over Boulder
Beautiful bridge across Varsity Lake outside of my Spanish class
The first snow outside my dorm!
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