The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Flagship 2030 strategic plan promotes exceptional teaching, research, scholarship, creative works, and service distinguishing us as a premier university. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive community for all that engages each member in opportunities for academic excellence, leadership, and a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. Given the statement above, how do you think you could enrich our diverse and inclusive community and what are your hopes for your college experience?
Acceptance is a rare thing in today’s society. Growing up I have always been taught not only tolerance but also acceptance. One of the biggest things that sets me apart from many of the other students on the CU-Boulder campus is that my mother is not only a single parent but she is gay. This has taught me to look at situations with an open mind and to not judge people until I truly know the real person. I also bring enrichment with my experience at a private school from second through fifth grade. Within these four years I studied different cultures and ideas around the world, including Spanish starting in second grade. This foundation opened my mind to all of the possibilities even at a young age. Breck School gave me a focus on my education and brought forth the level of rigor that I needed to continue if I wanted to go somewhere big in the future. Even at the high school level, being a 4-year graduate of Legacy 2000, I continued to be challenged and began bigger steps into the real world, such as service learning and completing two internships within this program. Many freshman college students are undecided as to where they want to go in the future, but because of my hard work in high school, I am very confident in my goals and where I want to be after I graduate. I completed a 40-hour internship with the Sawaya Law Firm of Denver and absolutely loved it. It gave me even more drive and passion to be a Civil Rights Attorney. Now I know what it takes to make it through law school. With the knowledge I gained over the years and from the attorneys of the Sawaya Law Firm, I believe I am ahead of my fellow classmates. Throughout high school I completed many hours of volunteer work. The most important one to me was the 23 hours I served at Father Woody’s Haven of Hope, a homeless shelter in downtown Denver. Here I was able to serve thousands of hot lunches over the span of a week and a half. Being exposed to these people’s lives really showed me that my education is very important to me and I need to focus and stay on the right track. I was often greeted by their guests with advice on how seriously I need to take my education, which really made me feel good knowing that I have been. As far as college goes, I hope to be exposed to even more diversity. As I mentioned, I was raised with an open mind and taught to appreciate diversity. At college I hope to experience this on a higher level and meet people from all over the world. I also want to become more independent and learn to live on my own. I want to grow as a person and become an even more mature adult to succeed within our society.