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Sunday, August 12, 2012


As the fall semester nears closer, I find myself in a mix of emotions. In just a few days I will officially be a senior in college! As crazy as it may sound, I’m excited to leave the summer behind and start all of the activities that come with the new semester…even though I’m a little sad that it means that I’m one step closer to leaving CU.

Most of you probably aren’t entering your senior year. So, I decided to create a list of tips for incoming or transfer students. Hopefully this list helps you discover what kind of Buff you will be!

1.       Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers. Give everyone a chance! Say hello, ask someone how their day is, where they’re from, or give them a compliment…anything! This is something I wish I did more my freshman year. Plus, if you’re living in the residence halls, it’s a one stop shop for new friends!

2.       Try something new. Whether it’s a new food or a new sport, I recommend trying something new as often as you can.  You might discover a new passion.

3.       Join a club. There are hundreds of clubs at CU - - from knitting club to International Affairs club and everything in between. There truly is something for everyone at CU. I know my college experience would have been very uneventful and lonely if I didn’t get involved with Student Ambassadors :)

4.       Introduce yourself to your professors. During the first few weeks of class, take time to visit each of your professors during their office hours. Ask them about their research, their college experience or anything else you’d like to know! By meeting your professors, you won’t be just a face in the crowd and they will appreciate that you took the time to meet them. And with that…

5.       Go to office hours. Office hours are like gold mines. In office hours, you can discuss the material one on one with your professor, work at your own pace, and ask as many questions as you’d like. Plus, your professor knows that you are invested in the material and making an effort; it will definitely pay off at the end of the semester.

6.       Explore. Congratulations! You now live in Boulder and attend school at one of the most beautiful campuses in the Nation. From the Hill to Pearl, Chautauqua to the campus itself, all of these areas are tailored for college students and meant to cater to your social needs.


7.       Use the bus. With your BuffOne card, you will receive an RTD bus pass. This grants you access to all of the busses in Boulder, including one that takes you straight to the airport. Say goodbye to paying for gas!

8.       Balance is key. Of course you will be attending social events, but always remember why you came to the University of Colorado.

9.       Take advantage of all of the free resources available to you. Career services, cold care packs at Wardenburg, and various events hosted by the Program Council are some of my favorites.

10.   Call your parents. They miss you and it’s okay to miss them too :)

I could list tips all night! I hope some of these are helpful. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice and remember to have fun and enjoy your new surroundings!

Good luck!

Bonus tip!

Have school sprit. Go to football games, basketball games, volleyball games. Wear gold and black. Sing the fight song. Show that you are proud to be a Buff! No matter how cheesy it may sound, the school spirt at CU is a feeling/experience that is unlike any other. 

International Affairs | Political Science • Colorado Springs, Colorado

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