There’s much to be done. In your first year at the University of Colorado, you will be bombarded with ways to spend your time. Part of this is simply adjustment. However, to help make the process less stressful or overwhelming, the following guide breaks down your first year at CU-Boulder into phases to direct your focus.
Please know that no one’s journey through the first year is the same. Feel free to browse the content in each phase or choose based on the category with which you identify.
This education is yours.
After all of the anticipation and build-up, you’ve finally arrived in Boulder. It’s easy to be drawn into the infinite opportunities that the city has to offer and the excitement of being on your own. Many students come with concerns about fitting in with CU’s campus life. This is a great time to get connected with Student Affairs and find out more of what CU has to offer!
To end the year successfully, you have to start strong.
How do you want to remember your first year? Although it feels like you just got here, you’re already making choices that impact your academic success. Your class attendance, the amount of time you choose to devote to studies, participating in extracurriculars, Greek life, and the many other small decisions you make each day impact your academics for the good or the bad. This is the best time to try and figure out the correct balance of your academic and social lives, and it all comes back to the tone you want to set for the year.
It’s never too early to look ahead.
Registration Already! Registration typically begins the first week of November for the spring semester and the first week of April for the fall semester. It’s best to meet with your advisor, who can walk through the process with you. To maximize your time, meet earlier in the semester and begin a conversation about your interests, goals, and strengths.
Make a journey out of chasing your goal.
Somewhere in your first year, we hope your college experience will feel natural. Knowing you have reached this place is full of intangibles that can be difficult to identify beyond CU just feeling right. Use this time to deepen your education, broaden your community connections, clarify your goals, and learn new ways to enhance the journey.
The ending is as important as the beginning.
Staying focused. Your first year is coming to a close, and after a full year of studies and adapting to the college experience, you might feel a strong mixture of burned out, exam stress, and sadness over the year coming to a close. Continue to push forward and stay engaged. Your advisor holds extended walk-in appointment hours to help answer questions about your next steps forward, to help you sound out what you learned the past year, and help you begin the transition to your Sophomore year when it all begins again!