University of Colorado Boulder Top Questions

What should every freshman at University of Colorado Boulder know before they start?


The most valuable trait I have acquired while attending college is self-reliance. There are many people that can help one succeed, but at the end of the day, I am the only one that has the capability to motivate myself. Since my freshman year, I have expanded my abilities greatly. I can now study effectivley and manage my time efficiently. For the past 2 years I have held down a part-time job while being a full-time student with a GPA of 3.4. Last year I declared a second major in something I never thought would interest me. This taught me to not reject ideas at first glance and to give different things a try. After 3.5 years of college, my ideas for post-graduation have expanded beyond what I ever imagined as an entering freshman. Attending my university has opened my eyes as well as many doors.


I have gotten many things out of my college experience thus far: learning time management; balancing athletics and academics; and pushing myself to be extremely successful in my academic career, something that was previously never apart of my academic attitude. Through finding myself in academics as an exceptional student, I have learned my family led me to so much success. I had always relied on my friends and athletics to mentor me through my trials and tribulations. Now in college, I have found an endless value in my family. I have learned how much their support means to my success, with them I have been able to overcome any academic obstacle and come out on top. I have learned that when all else fails, your family will give you the power to continue on. I have found a new importance in playing a role in my little brothers growth, offering him my advice and knowledge and pushing him to be the best 13 year old he can be, and learn the importance of family now. Families work and grow together, and I have learned that when they use each other's strengths, there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.


Studying in the US has been a dream come true. I come from Tanzania, which is a small developing country that has not yet been able to provide access to higher education to all the youths who qualify to go to college. Due to that, I had to wait for a year back in Tanzania before getting a chance of admission to a college. Luckily enough, I was presented with the opportunity of coming to study here in the US. I'm able to interact with people from different cultures, learn more about team work, especially during group tasks. Moreover, I'm learning a very important lesson of having tolerance towards other people's lifestyles and beliefs. In addition to that, college experience has made me become more curious of my surroundings, and as a result I'm now finding ways of getting involved in different programs that help me and at the same time help others become better individuals. I'm grateful for this opportunity, eventhough at the moment I don't have a sponsor. I'm eager to work harder to finish my nursing degree which will enable me to help others, which is something I love.


I am attending Provo College in Utah and the experience for me has been great. This opportunity has given not only me but my wife and kids the chance to have a brighter future that will allow all of us a better life. The professors and staff at Provo College have been great. I am currently enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and have learned so much more than just what to do as a physical therapist, but also how to act in a professional environment to interpersonal skills, and the importance of self assurance. This opportunity and experience to return to school after so many years and to be able to excel as I have has helped me to gain confidence and hope that my future holds more than I could have ever dreamed.


The biggest thing i have gotten out of my college experiance so far is: Me. Being in college has really allowed me to know myself, as odd and somewhat cliche as that might sounds, my time in college as been all about me. Its my education, its my work and my understanding, i rely on myself for most things now. An odd feeling, as most of my life was run by my parents or school, but i find myself handling things on my own. It has let me see the real Daniel, ive seen me get through a lot, but to truley know yourself is different, and i feel like i am finally acomplishing that in colege.


I've grown a lot as a person and have had the chance to have many experience with different cultures and subjects. I think if there's anything you do in life you should go to college because there's so much to learn not only in the classroom but outside it as well. I've also made so many lifelong friends that I don't know what I would do without now. Learning who you are is important and college is how you begin this journey and I'm so happy I chose to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Through the experience of the downfall of the American dream as an immigrant and living with a paranoid schizophrenic family member, I became very depressed and pessimistic in my wordly views throughout middle school and the beginning of my high school experience. However, while dealing with my depression, I learned throughout my high school experience through greater teachers and counselors that I need to turn my life around to be able to be truly content with my decisions. When I was applying for colleges in my senior year of high school, I knew that I wanted the balance of a great education and the opportunity to grow as a person. I chose UCB for such reasons, and I believe it was one of my greatest decisions. I have met great professors with diverse worldviews and other freshmen from all around the world in my dorm that have helped me to become a more positive person through discussing their experiences and mine. Being at such a diverse university has be greatly beneficial to me to feel more at home than anywhere else. My college experience is a whole different universe to me, but it has helped me to cope with reality.


My college experience has been all about discovery. In high school I was very isolated just within my group of friends and thought that just the things I was doing then was what I was suppposed to do for the rest of my life. However, I came to the University of Colorado at Boulder and found that there was a huge world of opportunity waiting for me. Currently I am an Open Option major, but have been recently leaning toward Sociology and Psychology, areas I had never even thought to pursue before, but now am very interested in making me lifes purpose. College is about figuring out who you are and where you stand in the world, but nothing is permanent. I'm allowed to make mistakes and change my mind and I will never have to be just put inside one box of interest. My mind and interests can span across different subjects and ways of life. College is all about discovery, and though I'm still discovering my person, I feel good about how far I've come in just the one smester I've had here. And that is extremely valuable to me.


I think I've learned a lot about myself and who I am. Going to CU helped me decide what I was really interested in and was helpful in allowing me to focus my studies. I know myself much better because of the experiences I've had here at CU and I will always look back fondly on my time here. I got to know a really fun and eccentric city and find my place in it. I found my true passion and I am in the process of attaining it. CU has a wide variety of options to choose from so I was able to start college with no idea and finish with a degree I'm interested in and a desire to go further with. College is important in finding your identity and my experience has profoundly shaped who I am today.


Personally, I have realized how lucky I am to have the opportunity to attend college and I have learned to use my ADD to my advantage to relate various concepts that many people would never relate to one another. I would not change anything about my college experience, I don't fit in well at CU-Boulder because I don't like to party but I have realized that I would much rather spend my time here learning than trying to fit in by drinking. I have also realized that I would like to pursue a PHD in neuropsychology as well as studying integrative medicine. I've finally accepted that intelligence should be embraced regardless of peer stigma, and I would not give up my education for anything!