Joyful, Lifelong Learning

It seems like I have always been in a classroom.  My mom tells stories of me standing in front of a “class” of dolls, pretending to read aloud to them before I could read real words myself, writing things down and showing them how to make the letters.  (Knowing me, I was probably barking orders…

Don’t Blink

When school started last week, I started to feel a little emotional. I realized that this was the first August since I was five years old that I was not going back to school. I graduated from MSU Denver last December, and I have been working in First Year Success since then.  When I graduated…

What Would You Do if You Broke Your Arm?

I never wanted to admit I had a problem. That I needed help. That I couldn’t handle things on my own. It felt like defeat, like I wasn’t good enough. Things would spiral and I couldn’t cope. I had felt this way for years, all throughout high school and college. I remember spending days on…

It’s Okay Not To Know (And Other Inevitably-Evident Truths)

  When I first started my college career, I didn’t really know what to expect. I am a first-generation college student, so I didn’t have the experience of my parents or family members to lean on. I couldn’t look to the people in my own house for guidance or answers when it came to the…

When Will My Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Arrive?

When I was twelve years old, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s, if you’re British) Stone came out. I remember my teacher handing it to me as a gift in the seventh grade, and me thinking, “Thanks,” and tossing it aside. It only took a couple of weeks for me to get it together and…

Not Being the Bystander

Earlier this week I was riding the light rail home during my lunch break to take my pup out for some quick play time, and I encountered an all too familiar situation. I was sitting across the aisle from an older man who was having a purposefully loud conversation on current politics, who then launched…

Motivation for College Success

Easily one of my favorite things about working in the First Year Success office is how supportive everyone is, and how we all like to boost one another up in every way we can. Recently this happened for me in the form of one of my co-workers bragging to one of our interns about how…