Be Successful with the PAL Program
The Peer Advocate Leaders program is a great opportunity for students looking to become more engaged in the CU Denver community. The program facilitates mentoring relationships between undergraduate student leaders and first year students. Peer-level support gives students the ability to grow and succeed both academically and socially. While the program is a great opportunity for first year students to become engaged, it also helps mentors develop leadership skills and experience.
Peer Leaders in the PAL program are some of the best and brightest – maintaining GPAs higher than 3.0 and staying committed to campus activities and events. Peer Leaders have the opportunity to mentor both during the academic year and over the summer. They are required to have regular contact with their mentees and participate in programming. Being a mentor in the PAL program involves a lot of responsibility and dedication, but is rewarding to the same degree.
First year students in the program benefit greatly from the kind of mentors the PAL program attracts. Starting college can be a daunting experience, but having an experienced and successful mentor to turn to and learn from can make all the difference. First year students have regular contact with their Peer Leaders who are an invaluable resource for all things CU Denver.
Want to apply or learn more about the program? Visit the website here. Don’t wait – the PAL Program makes an incredible impact on everyone who participates. Get the most of your CU Denver experience and check it out.
Should You Take Classes Online?
For many, continuing education can be difficult with tight schedules. At CU Denver, we want to provide quality education for everyone by offering a wide range of online classes that can be taken by both traditional and nontraditional students alike. There are many reasons why online classes might be the best fit for you:
- Work Schedule – Sometimes leaving your job is not an option, but online classes can be completed during your time outside of work, making it that much easier to earn your degree without interfering with your income or career opportunities.
- Family – We understand that your time is dedicated to the ones you love. With online classes, you don’t have to choose between your family and your education.
- Other Interests – CU Denver students are multifaceted. Whether your interests lie in music, travel, athletics, or any other area, online classes allow you to control your own schedule and make time for what matters to you.
Whether you are a traditional student striving to make time for an internship or a nontraditional student looking for more control over your schedule, CU Denver’s online classes are the perfect way to continue your education. Want to learn more about our offerings? Click here.
8 Questions to Ask on a Campus Tour
The campus tour can be extremely influential when deciding which university to attend. Not only do you get to experience the campus first hand, but you can speak with your tour guide, a current CU Denver student, and learn about everything you can’t find online. Take advantage of this opportunity and ask important questions!
- What’s the food like in the dining hall and where else do students like to eat?
- What do people typically do on the weekends?
- Does CU Denver hold campus events and which ones do students like the most?
- What is school spirit like? Do a lot of people go to sporting events?
- What’s the greek life like on campus? How many students are involved?
- How does scheduling work?
- Are there on-campus work opportunities?
- What is the weirdest campus tradition?
Try to think outside of what you can find on the website when you ask questions on your college tour. Day-to-day concerns like what it’s like to live in the dorms can be just as important to your college experience as knowing how many credits you need to graduate, and your chance to find out awaits you on a tour! Click here to schedule a tour of CU Denver’s campus.
Internships at CU Denver
Participating in a college internship is one of the most beneficial things a student can do. Not only can you add it to your resume, but it gives you real world experience in the field before you’ve earned the degree. Here are five of the greatest benefits to interning:
- Experience – The first thing that comes to mind and the reason most people take an internship is the experience. A valuable internship offers insights into a field that you just can’t get by sitting in a classroom, and being able to use your classroom knowledge on the job means you’re more likely to retain it.
- Networking – When you intern, you are coming in contact with people who will probably still be in the field when you graduate, meaning that if you make a good impression during your internship, you’re more likely to be offered a job or weighty recommendation later.
- Your Resume – Sure, you can type up that you’ve been an intern, but what’s even better is being able to use your experience as a talking point in job interviews. Why just say you’re a hard worker when you can tell the story of how you rose against all odds to complete a project before the deadline and impressed your manager.
- Confirmation – You won’t know until you try; an internship will give you the best idea of what your future career will be like. Whether you love your internship experience or not so much, it will get you one step closer to finding your ideal job.
- Course Credit – At CU Denver, you can earn course credit for your internship because the learning you do there is just as valuable as the learning you do on campus
Whatever your major is, an internship can be a great learning experience and help you on your way to success. Curious? Click here to learn more about internships at CU Denver.