When Christina Chandler transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder as an English major, her advisor pushed her to take a course in classics. It would meet a requirement, the advisor said, and it fit into her schedule.
Chandler, who didn’t think she’d be interested in the subject, was not happy. But she gave in.
As an undergrad studying ecology and evolutionary biology, Lizzie Lombardi found herself as one of the few “plant” people on a team of University of Colorado Boulder engineering students who were tasked with a lofty mission: build a robotic system that could garden in space.
There’s something very powerful about seeing six of tons of elephant ivory ground to rubble in a rock crusher, says Gloria Dickie. She and fellow journalism student Caitlin Rockett covered such an event last month. It was part of an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to draw attention to the $10 billion illegal wildlife trade industry and send a message of intolerance to poachers and traffickers.
Given CU-Boulder staff member Jodi Schneiderman’s perspective, one might think she works in the Office of International Education. She says it’s important for students to have a global mindset and to understand other cultures. And it’s at CU-Boulder’s Career Services where she works on this notion.
Sara Bryant didn’t touch a piece of paper or even an Exacto knife for her model-building course last month.
The junior in environmental design and her classmates used the latest software and machinery to build prototype models of the CU-Boulder campus. Their tools included a computerized router, a laser cutter and a brand new 3-D printer.
As early as her second semester at CU-Boulder, Savannah Sellers began to forge her career, not only by being accepted into the journalism program but also by seeking out practical experiences at every turn.