As the semester at CU begins to unfold, students are starting to become immersed in their class schedules, which may or may not be such a fun thing depending on how much you love school. If you are not too excited about diving head-first into the world of college after a fun and relaxing summer, then you are probably like me and try your best not to think or stress about class-related work for the majority of the time you spend not sleeping. Thankfully, there is no better distraction from the stresses of school than the Advising Center for Excellence’s variety of events and student groups! From personal experience, I can say that there are not too many better ways to relieve yourself from the burdens of classwork, while still being active in the CU community, than by getting involved with the number of student groups and related events that exist in the Environmental Studies , Environmental Design , and Geography programs. Not only will you enjoy yourself and make new connections, you will also gain valuable experience that will aid you in both your college and future endeavors. Here are a few of the involvements that you might want to keep an eye out for in the future.
- CU’s Environmental Center: The Environmental Center at CU is a hub for all of the various environmentally-linked groups and activities. Groups and activities within this department focus heavily on sustainability and leadership, giving students the opportunity to explore options beyond the classroom at CU. Events such as Ralphie’s Green Stampede and the Recycling Dorm Storms could be available to you if you choose to partake in the Environmental Center’s student activities! Check out their main page at http://www.colorado.edu/ecenter/about-us/get-involved, and log in with your university e-mail at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=cuecenter
- @gmail.com&ctz=America/Denver&pli=1 to view the Fall 2017 Calendar of events to see when you can attend amazing activities related to the environment, such as participation at the Boulder Farmer’s Market on September 23. These are great opportunities to meet fellow students as well as active members in the community who are deeply invested in the environment!
- ICE Talks– ICE Talks (Investigating Careers in the Environment), are events offered by the ENVS department in hopes of providing students of all years with the opportunity to learn about the various career paths taken by experts in the environmental field. Not only will students discover a multitude of career options, they will have the option at the end of each session to ask questions directly to the presenter. In my experiences with these talks, some presenters have even delivered information for potential volunteer positions related to the ENVS major. The ICE Talks are open to the public, and they also offer free pizza and organic juice. For more information on these talks, you can visit http://www.colorado.edu/envs/news-events/investigate-careers-environment.
- ENVS Peer Mentor Program- The peer mentor program is ideal for first-year students who need someone to help them navigate the program as well as general life within the university. Mentees will receive one-on-one attention from a specific mentor who they will get to know better throughout the year. Their next event with be Lawn Games on Farrand Field September 13 at 5PM!
- Environmental Design Student Government (EDSG): This organization is one of the many ENVD student groups that promotes the Environmental Design community and caters to student needs through various social gatherings and events. Their next event will be a Lego Competition on September 22nd with an ice cream bar and the Lego Movie! http://www.colorado.edu/envd/people/student-groups/environmental-design-student-government
- American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS): AIAS stands out as an ENVD student group due to its goal to promote education, training, and real-world experience in the field of architecture. Look out for the group’s napkin sketching contest and information session on September 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 in ENVD 134. http://www.colorado.edu/envd/people/student-groups/american-institute-architecture-students
- American Planning Association (APAS): APAS is a great organization for those in ENVD interested in an emphasis on planning and education. This organization also provides useful information on internships, jobs, and general advice from advanced level-students and faculty. You can find their Facebook page on the link http://www.colorado.edu/envd/people/student-groups/american-planning-association-students for more information on what they have in store!
- Student Association of Landscape Architects (SALA): The SALA student group is perfect for ENVD students with an interest in the landscape field. Students in this group have the option to get involved in professional networking as well as volunteer work and community outreach. They plan on having a Park(ing) Day event on September 15 in Denver in front of Union Station. Feel free to follow their Instagram and Facebook pages for more information, which can be located at http://www.colorado.edu/envd/people/student-groups/student-association-landscape-architects.
- ENVD Peer Mentor Program: The peer mentor program is ideal for first-year students who need someone to help them navigate the program as well as general life within the university. Mentees will receive one-on-one attention from a specific mentor who they will get to know better throughout the year. Their next event with be Lawn Games on Farrand Field September 13 at 5PM!
There are a number of events at CU where geography students can become more acquainted with those involved in the program, including faculty, guest speakers, and fellow students. These events range in topic from GIS to physical geography, which provides a diverse amount of themes that you may already be interested in or would like to learn more about.
- Colloquium Series- The department’s Colloquium Series is a great way to expand your realm beyond the classroom to hear about current research from guest lecturers in the field and engage in questions related to the topic with fellow peers and others who are involved with CU Geography. Feel free to keep up with current news in the department at http://www.colorado.edu/geography/. Also, it might be in your best interest to take a look at the Colloquium Series calendar at http://www.colorado.edu/geography/news-events/colloquium-series-calendar so you can be sure not to miss out on these exciting opportunities! The next event for this series will take place on Friday, September 15th at 3:30 PM (Did I mention that refreshments will be served?).
Once again, don’t hesitate to get involved with these various organizations and their agendas, as it will be both a fun and helpful time for your experience at CU. Hope to see you all active in some of these communities! Feel free to stop by the Main Advising Office for questions and to talk about our experiences with these clubs, events, and organizations!