Is this your first week at CCA? Feeling overwhelmed? Unsure about where to go or who to talk to?
You’re not alone; many of your CCA peers have been where you are before. Fortunately, they are willing to help you figure out what to do and where to go.
Read below for 20 tips and tricks veteran CCA students suggest for new students on how to navigate your way around and how to succeed and realize your potential here:
How many people can say that they built a payload that flew into space? Maybe the people at NASA can, but now even I can say that I built something that flew into space.
I launched my experiment on a rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in late June, joining hundreds of other college students who also sent their experiments into space.
My journey to Wallops began with a simple program application that allowed me to travel to Wallops as one of nearly 10 students from CCA selected to participate in RockOn!
Thanks to the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, which is funded by NASA, I and other CCA students can participate in workshops that are usually beyond our reach and for that I am truly grateful.
Attending CCA for eight weeks has opened the eyes of Alejandro Faiffer about what college truly can be.
Alejandro, who will be a senior at Vista Peak Preparatory High School this fall, is taking an English course at CCA as part of a summer bridge program offered to students attending Aurora Public Schools.
Before taking the English class, Alejandro had a preconceived notion that college was just boring lectures. But the CCA experience has been anything but, he said. His instructor, Susan Stafinbil, has been more helpful in the class than he anticipated, encouraging conversation and ideas. “She was always really open to questions; a teacher who was like a friend,” he said.
And that respect is important, he said. “Here, they treat you like you’re an adult, Alejandro said. “Here they really help you out.”
Nila Niroula graduated from CCA in May – but if it weren’t for a program called Brother 2 Brother, he might have had to wait even longer.
Nila is a first-generation college student from Nepal and had attended CCA since summer 2012. He had taken numerous classes at CCA but wasn’t sure how close he was to graduating.
With the help of Brother 2 Brother Advisor Daniel Haupt, Nila discovered that he only needed one more class to graduate.
“A program like this should be in colleges,” Nila said. “This is the program that ultimately helped me; otherwise, I would still be waiting to get my degree in fall 2016.”
For CCA students Matt Berg, Molly Bibeau, Michael Evans, Brittany Pollard, and Bear Omundson (who is directing the show), “Leading Ladies” demonstrates everything they have learned during theater classes and performances. This is their final production at CCA.
The student-led “Leading Ladies” play is not only a way for CCA students to showcase what they have learned – it is also a way for them to give back to the college. The show is a fundraiser to help support the Theatre Department and future productions. Tickets are $5 at the door and donations will be accepted.
Although “Leading Ladies” shares some of the same themes, such as identity and gender confusion, that the past two CCA productions, “Pronoun” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” featured, that is about the only similarity.