The Dean’s List of Tips: The Key to a Positive Campus Experience | Student Affairs Division

As Acting Dean of Students, I look forward to advocating for and supporting you through this academic year. I hope you are all having a great fall semester so far.

I’ve had the honor of being a Buff for the past 12 years. One of my favorite parts of being part of this community is working directly with students, supporting your development, and sharing resources that enhance your college experience.

I have held various positions during my time at CU Boulder and each year I have observed something significant about students having positive experiences on campus. I have noticed that students who have found ways to be involved often have better experiences than students who have not been involved.

I know this from the many stories I have heard from students. They told me how getting involved, both on campus and in the Boulder community, has helped them during their time in college. Whether it’s joining an organization, volunteering, attending events, or working part-time, getting involved has many benefits. It can help you make close friends, have things to do in your free time, and gain work experience or skills to add to your resume.

Involvement may feel different for everyone, and it’s never too late to join this group or try something new – there are always opportunities. As we move forward into the fall semester, I encourage you to think about how you get involved and explore your options this year. Whether you have just started at CU or are in your final year, no matter your interests or academic program, I guarantee there is something here for you.

To help you narrow down your options or find the right person, think about what you would like to get out of your participation and where you would like to spend your time. Here are some ideas based on your goals:

If you want to make new friends…

  • Join a student association: Whether you’re interested in politics, the outdoors, artistic expression, or social justice, there’s a student organization to connect you with like-minded enthusiasts. Visit BuffConnect to explore student groups by subject or alphabetical listing.
  • Participate in student events: Each semester, hundreds of events, workshops and opportunities allow students to meet other enthusiasts and have fun. Review upcoming student events and download the CU Boulder Life mobile app to stay up to date with what’s happening.
  • Join the Dean’s Council on Leadership and Values: Share ideas, advice, and feedback regarding issues affecting the student body, while engaging in leadership development and mentorship opportunities. Learn more about council membership.

If you want to get the most out of life in Boulder…

  • Volunteer: Not only can you make a positive difference in your community, there are also plenty of volunteer opportunities to fit your schedule. Visit the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) to learn more, check out CU in the Community for one-time service opportunities, or consider applying to the Volunteer Placement Program to invest more of your volunteer time.
  • Support local businesses and attend events: Boulder is a great city to live in with lots to do. Take time to explore your local community and enjoy great food, shopping and entertainment during your stay.

If you want to live a unique academic experience…

  • Discover research opportunities: CU Boulder has a history of undergraduate research efforts with the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). UROP offers flexible funding options for undergraduate students in all majors and the opportunity to develop faculty relationships.
  • Attend faculty office hours: Your professors may be aware of unique academic opportunities specific to your college, school, or program. Visit their office hours to ask how you can get involved.

If you want to gain work experience for your resume…

  • Work on campus: On-campus student jobs offer flexible hours to accommodate your classes and other commitments. Plus, it’s a convenient way to meet new people and gain work experience.
  • Attend job fairs: Whether you’re looking for an internship or a job after graduation, job fairs are a great way to advance your search. All CU Boulder career fairs are open to all students, regardless of major or year of study. These events allow you to meet employers who are hiring for various positions.

As you explore, there are plenty of resources on campus to help you get involved and find what’s right for you:

I’m also here for you and can help connect you to the right resources and opportunities based on your goals. Take care and make this semester a great semester.

Devin Cramer
Acting Dean of Students and Associate Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs

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