Collegian Corner, by Andy, Colorado Mesa University, Class of 2020

Hello, my name is Andy and I am a sophomore at Colorado Mesa University (CMU). I first heard about CMU when I was a sophomore in high school. Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) took me and the other scholars to visit and had an overnight stay at one of the residence halls at CMU. I felt an immediate attraction towards the campus. I will be honest that when I visited to other colleges, I said I wanted to go there too; however, I did not. I was very indecisive about college because I did not know want I wanted to pursue and I was deciding between CMU and University of Northern Colorado. However when I came to CMU, I noticed that the campus was very welcoming and small, which was what I was looking for in a college. I now say that I came to CMU because I wanted to show President Foster that I could graduate from his University. When I was in the process of filling  out my college applications, I did not know what I was doing. Thankfully BHGH was there though, because they held my hand the whole way.

So now, I am here at CMU with the determination to complete a college education. My first semester was actually very difficult because there was so much freedom and many cool activities that I could be part of. Although the activities were tempting, I knew I needed to study for my courses. The workload from each class was difficult and very overwhelming. I started out as a Biology secondary education major, but I found out that-that is not want I want to do with my life. I decided to change my major, but again, I did not know what to change it to, so I ended up consulting it with one of the mentors on campus, Rose Willet. I talked to her about changing my major and she told me to do a test to see what my interests are, therefore I found the answer to my prayers, I decided to become an Exercise Science major. While I was struggling to find another major I remembered that BHGH had put me in contact with Rose my senior year of high school. Basically, BHGH gave me another puzzle piece for my big picture. With my major, I would like to become a Physician’s Assistant and a Search and Rescue Paramedic. I decided that I want to influence other people by saving their life or simply attending minor wounds.

I’ve had several challenges throughout these two years, one of the biggest being my decision to be a Resident Assistant (RA). The RA position requires a lot of time, and increases an already heavy workload. At first I struggled because I did not know how to properly manage my time. I was hired as a freshman and I’ve been an RA since. BHGH helped me because I consulted with them when my grades began to slip. As a high schooler, they taught me a lot, but one of the most important lesson was independence. They taught me that regardless of how difficult a situations is, I need to push through and find people to help me. Since I am the first in my family to attend college, I was not exactly sure what it would take to succeed here. I began to dig for all the answers to my questions. Both BHGH and the mentors that they put me in contact with, uncovered all of these questions though. I know now how to properly plan my day, my semester, and my courses. So regardless of whatever my situation is, I always need to push forward. Thanks to the enormous support system that BHGH gives me, I know that I will succeed and accomplish my dream!

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