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Senior Year!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Hello! And welcome to another spectacular year of Mike Heffler's blog (this is year number 3 for those of you keeping score at home)! Get ready for a long-ish blog article because I have a lot to fill you in on. 

I've been very quiet over the summer because I had the privilege to spend it in the second-greatest city in the world, Austin, TX (behind Boulder, of course). I worked as a valet at the Driskill hotel and began studying for the MCAT. Valeting was probably the coolest job I've ever had because I got paid to get in shape and drive nice cars. Pretty sweet, no? Besides that, I just caught up with some of my friends from high school who were also lucky enough to be back in Austin over the summer. 

I was lucky enough to get to return to Boulder in the beginning of August to move into my sweet new fraternity house. My fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, finally has a real fraternity house. There are 28 brothers (including myself) living in the house, and our house could probably fit all 3 of our previous houses inside of it. It's a huge game changer for us, and I'm so proud to see us so far improved from the fraternity I joined 3 years ago. One problem with this sweet new house: no internet for a month. That's right, we moved in August 1st, and we didn't have internet in our house until September 7th. Needless to say, it was rough. But now we have internet, and now I can write blog posts for all of you! 

Other things that have happened since the school year has started: A rough, rough, rough start to the CU football season. We're currently 0-3 against the 3 "confidence booster" teams we scheduled. So it's going to be a long season. But that's ok! I'm still getting tickets to the big name games like Stanford and UCLA, and I'm going to tailgate in black and gold for all of the other games! Besides, basketball season starts in 39 days, so we can look forward to that.

I also started writing for the Greek newspaper called The Odyssey. The newspaper isn't actually in Greek, which is great for me because I don't speak Greek. It's targeted towards fraternity and sorority members at CU, and I'm a sports writer for it. One of my brothers sells advertising space for the newspaper, and he encouraged me to apply and I got it! I basically write about the NFL and fantasy football (topics which I can write a lot about), but I also try my hand at sports I don't know as well. 

But the biggest part of this year for me is the fact that it is senior year. I've never felt older than when a person scanning BuffOne cards (our student IDs) at the CU-CSU game had to make sure my card was legit because it's the "old school" gold version rather than the new style black one. I also have to graduate a year from now. I say "have to" because the past 3 years have been the greatest 3 years of my life, hands down. The real world is great, I'm sure, but I'm going to miss CU a lot. 

And this brings you to the present, we’re all caught up! This weekend, to celebrate the waning days of summer, some of my brothers and I went up to Nederland, CO, which is about a 30 minute drive west into the mountains, and we had a great picnic/BBQ. We went up to Peewink Mountain and set up a small grill and had a great cookout. There were some absolutely amazing views that you can see below. We played a little bit of Frisbee and generally had a great time.

Well thanks for making it this far! Come back soon for more posts on all the cool stuff I get to do here at CU. As always, if you have any questions, compliments, concerns, or anything else, don’t hesitate to email me at

See you next time!

Our picnic site on Peewink Mountain in Nederland


An amazing view from the trail.

Biochemistry, Atmospheric/Oceanic Studies (ATOC) minor • Austin, Texas


Welcome back Mike! We're excited to hear about your senior year! How can it be your senior year already?!


Hope this last year is your best!

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