Personally, I loved high school. Well, that is not entirely true. I loved living in my hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut from the ages of 14 to 18. I had an incredible amount of fun during my high school years, maybe even too much. In actuality, I did not enjoy the school aspect of high school all that much, and although I have since turned my academics around, this lack of enjoyment reflected heavily in my grades. It was not until my senior year of high school that I started taking my academics seriously; the reason being that I realized I would much rather attend the University of Colorado Boulder than my local community college. While, with a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, I was able to prove my academic competence and get accepted into college, I was very close to not having the opportunity to be here.
Since my admittance, I have stopped taking my education for granted, and started making the most out of this university and the town of Boulder. While academics are my top priority, a close second is making the most of my free time and have as much fun as possible. Whether this means snowboarding every chance I get in the winter, climbing one of Colorado’s 58 14ers (peaks that rise above 14,000 feet) or seeing amazing concerts at Red Rocks, I make sure to never waste a moment.
It is for this reason that I began my work with the ACE advising center. I believe it is not only possible, but vital to a successful college experience to both succeed academically and enjoy college as much as possible. While it might seem cheesy, forward thinking and planning are vital parts of being able to enjoy both work and play in college. It is incredibly hard to spend your weekends hiking to a beautiful alpine lake in Rocky Mountain National Park if you are frantically making up work due to a last minute class switch, because the class you thought was counting towards your major, actually did not.
Furthermore, it is much easier to enjoy and do well in a class that is on a topic you enjoy and at a time that is convenient for you, as opposed to the 8:00 AM Friday class you had to take because you waited until the last minuet to enroll in classes. So, as August comes to an end and the school year gets into full swing, remember that, although it might seem counter intuitive, working hard and planning ahead now means you can have more fun in the long run, and not be stuck inside while your friends are waist deep in powder in the back bowls of Vail (a fate I have personally experienced, and would not recommend).