Boulder Essay

• The Colorado Creed is a set of principles by which students at CU-Boulder live. It was created by a committee of CU students and is based on upholding strong values, making the right decisions, and being responsible for those decisions. It reads: Colorado Creed – As a member of the Boulder community and the University of Colorado, I agree to: Act with honor, integrity, and accountability in my interactions with students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. Respect the rights of others and accept our differences. Contribute to the greater good of this community. I will try to uphold these principles in all aspects of my collegiate experience and beyond. Explain the role that the values expressed in the Colorado Creed have played in your life. Keep in mind your potential contribution to a diverse and inclusive CU-Boulder campus community in light of the Creed.

Though my high school does not have a Creed, I feel that if it did the Colorado Creed would fit perfectly. Henry M. Gunn High School breeds a caliber of student that is both intellectually hungry and incredibly compassionate. This is, of course, high praise, yet this atmosphere has challenged me throughout my four years here. My teachers and classmates have pushed me to do my best in all areas of my life, not simply academics. I owe much of who I am to my time at Gunn High School, but I also realize that I, too, have made contributions to life here.

It's just before first period, the upper-classmen jockey for parking spots, mothers drop off their younger kids in front, while some whip up the paths on bikes, wide-eyed with hair poking through the air slits of their helmets. It’s the morning rush, and I soak in the energy that radiates from all corners of the quad. Every morning, walking from my car to my first class, I prepare myself for the day ahead—the tests I'll take, the questions I'll ask, and the discussions I'll have. There is nothing that I look forward to more.

All my life I’ve felt more mature than my own age. Since the age of six, I helped my mother with my older half sister who was paralyzed from the...

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