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Student Life Experiences

A student's life at Colorado College is filled with unique opportunities and  learning experiences. Here you'll find the stories of students who took a deeper step in their classes and pursuit of knowledge.

The Faulkner Trip

Students had the rare opportunity to learn about William Faulkner, American writer and Nobel Price laureate while retracing his steps in Oxford Mississippi. The Faulkner class saw where Faulkner lived, wrote, and where he passed away. They had the chance to visit his grave, learn about the different stages of his life, and follow his footsteps.

"Taking the Faulkner class in Oxford, Mississippi was a true Colorado College experience. It was inspiring to be able to discuss Faulkner's books in his house -- it almost felt like he was going to come downstairs and join our class! It was also incredible to be immersed in the Southern culture of Mississippi. It's one thing to read about a culture, but it's another thing to be immersed in it! It helped us understand where Faulkner was coming from and what he was writing about."

                                    - Madeline Scherer

"Faulkner has certainly become a highlight of my time at CC. I don't think Dean Edmonds knows how much I appreciate his generosity in facilitating this trip-- and Mississippi was quite a trip. I am continually enchanted by the South and its people, literature, and inscrutable traditions."

                                             - Lainie Formby

"This trip was an amazing experience that allowed me to delve farther into the intricate world that William Faulkner created in his Yoknapatawpha County. Through experiencing the climate, culture, and citizens of this Southern world, a stronger resonance was created between his stories and my understanding. All in all, this was an unforgettable trip that introduced me to a new world of both culture and literature."   

                       - John Griffin

Half Block

During the 2014 half block, students had the opportunity to take professional and career development courses at no charge. These courses included:

Public Speaking

GMAT, GRE, MCAT, and LSAT Preparation


Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Careers in Health Care

An Etiquette Dinner

The Modern World of Work

A Fullbridge Finance Intensive

Networking Events

In a two week period, the opportunities provided students with valuable skills for post-graduate education and their future careers. Read more about half block non-credit offerings here. Keep an eye out for the 2015 half block!

Speech Team Success in European Trip

Colorado College's Speech Team has just completed a full season of competing in 15 different tournaments for the 2013-2014 season. Jacob Kirksey, a junior on the team, advanced to semi-finals in Extemporaneous Speaking, earning the rank of 7th best in America at the Pi Kappa Delta Honor Society's National Tournament. Additionally, he advanced to Quarter-finals in Impromptu Speaking and After-Dinner Speaking placing 13th overall and 21st overall respectively. This year’s event, in Indianapolis, was host to hundreds of participants and 80 different colleges and universities. At the American Forensics Association’s National Individual Events Tournament, an equally massive tournament with 82 colleges and universities.

Jacob continued his success and earned a top 25 ranking in Impromptu Speaking. With one year left, the College and Speech Team look forward to Kirksey’s continued success during the 2014-2015 season.Moreover, Kirksey and fellow Juniors Nick Blanchette, Joah Chun, and Walt Dubensky participated in an international debate hosted by the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, something CC Speech and Debate has not been involved in for 10 years."  

However, his success is not limited to competitive speech. Jacob pioneered the Kid’s Are Dramatic non-profit, which links CC student intern with local middle school students through drama and theatre. He was also an instrumental part of the collaboration that produced the Oral Communication Center, which provides peer tutors and professionals that address communications related academic needs among students, faculty and staff.