The task of reviving the minds of roughly 25,000 undergraduate students sounds exhausting—maybe even impossible. Yet, for more than 120 years, the faculty at the University of Colorado has repeatedly risen to the challenge. Ten minutes before every hour, a wave of people emerge from their classrooms. All of the sidewalks and halls crowd with bodies and voices. It can seem as if it would be overwhelming, but it is all too amazing. You might have back to back classes with your next class, which starts exactly ten minutes later, all the way across campus. It almost becomes a game of bobbing and weaving through people in order to get there on time, but you will. Still, some less inclined students remain steps behind: film students are stuck returning rented cameras to the Cage, while downstairs, weary freshmen wander frantically though uncharted halls. Across campus, English scholars sit writing the last lines to yet another wanting page and others students stop by the library to return a book on time.
You see, at CU we are all striving to get somewhere and accomplish something, but among masses exist differences and change. Therefore, when asked to comment on the teachers and classes at CU, student responses varied considerably. Some students rave over attentive professors, while others remain disappointed with teaching assistants. With well over 3,000 courses in 150 areas of study, CU offers countless opportunities that attract a multitude of interests. Even flipping through CU’s course catalog can be overwhelming. While some lower level classes may be huge, containing 300 to even 600 people in them, clickers have become the new thing. It is a way to participate in class and be held accountable for learning in certain classrooms. You may have to try harder in these classes to get to know the teachers, but it is well worth it when it comes time for letters of recommendation. And, it helps to get to know them as well if you happen to have one of those professors again in one of your upper-level classes, which tend to be a little more intimate. However, though this is the norm, experiences with teachers vary among a variety of amjors, and ultimately, it is the student's interest and effort that inevitably determine the overall academic experience.