I was a part of Pi Lambda Chi, the Latina sorority on campus. Through the sorority, we did lots of community service and were really involved. We did a mentorship program with Boulder High School, lots of student fundraisers and things on campus, like getting students registered to vote. There was always something going on in community that we would help with. I think that was great to put on my application.
I also did Semester at Sea, which was outstanding. I went in Spring 2007 and there was a really large CU-Boulder contingency. I think 60 out of 700 students came from CU-Boulder, but I also got to meet people from across the United States. We went to Puerto Rico, Brazil, China, Japan, South Africa—basically you travel on ship and take classes while traveling to port. Then, when you get to port, you get to see the country. I saw the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal. It was an awesome learning experience and something that I will never be able to do outside of that program. The letter grades that we earned on ship transferred, which was unique to CU-Boulder. Lots of the other students only got pass/fail credit.
I think my activities at CU-Boulder really set me apart as candidate for PA school, which wanted to see that you were well-balanced. CU-Boulder let me have that balance.