Skip to content

As yet another fall semester approaches for the University of Colorado, potential students will travel across the state, across the country and some across the globe with the intent of getting their first true taste of Boulder: freshman orientation.

In what seems like a lifetime ago, my orientation left me with questions about where I fit in here. As I introduced myself to an academic adviser and told her where I came from, the humble town of Rapid City, S.D., her response truly surprised me. She told me she loves the Black Hills, but doesn’t “feel worthy” of living in such a majestic setting.

As I thought back to the open plains, tree covered hills, and what I had considered most of my life to be no more than a barren wasteland, I was led to my own questions about being “worthy” of living in Boulder.

I was attracted to the city of Boulder because of the people that surround me here. There is no shortage of climbers, bikers, hikers and campers, excited to take advantage of every aspect Boulder has to offer outdoors.

Unfortunately for me, the only thing I’d ever climbed was a flight of stairs, and I’m not sure I had ridden my bike much further than the end of the block. That’s not to say I wasn’t willing to try anything and everything, but I came so unprepared.

Was I worthy?

The days of my freshman orientation have long passed, and the last years of my stay as a student at CU are fast approaching. By now I’ve tried my hand at a little bouldering, I went Frisbee golfing for the first time last week, and I even ride my bike to, you know, get places.

What I once thought was “unworthiness,” I can now accept as inexperience, something my short stay in Boulder has already cured. As a piece of advice to anyone new to Boulder: try everything.

You may not feel a part of the Pearl Street scene, the boarders, the free spirits; essentially, the people that make up the heartbeat of Boulder, but I promise, you will.

Candance L. Brown

CU student

Join the Conversation

We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions.