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Transition to College

When writing to high school seniors, a lot of people write about what's different in college, and what kinds of things will throw you off-guard when you move. I think it's important to talk about the mundane things, the things that aren't quite on the front of your mind, but the things that are really important when you arrive.

  1. There's plenty to eat. You can always find a place to eat, and can usually find people to eat with. The food here is great, with the option of dining hall food, a burger joint, and several coffee/pastry shops on campus. In fact, there's a convenience store called the C-Store inside my dorm.

  2. Class is fun. Each day of class is new and exciting, and nothing really feels scripted or forced anymore. Class is organic and engaging, and not like what you're used to.

  3. The facilities are great. Truly. Colorado College just built a new library that's available, and it's a hotspot for people to study. You can sit at a large table, at a bar-style seat, in a silent area, in a collaboration room, and anywhere in between. Not to mention there is an athletic center, climbing wall, sports areas, and dozens of other things I haven't even discovered yet.

  4. You will make habits. If you get into a habit of where you travel or what buildings you visit, good! You're getting more comfortable with the campus. Once you're ready to branch out, it's exciting all over again, letting you discover things that you had previously missed.

  5. There's too much to do. Here, you can sign up for mailing lists where they'll let you know about whatever weird events are going on, from ice cream socials to night bike rides to special visitors to music concerts. There's no shortage of things to do, and there's an opportunity cost to sitting in your room and just hanging out. Maximize your time, you're paying for it.

By Daniel, on September 7, 2017, 3:16 pm