In January, 11 young Colorado caddies were awarded Evans Scholarships to the University of Colorado. Just last week, two more CU Scholarships were awarded to caddies from Massachusetts. Every Evans Scholar can tell you of the overwhelming sense of relief and joy that came the day they received the letter that granted them the gift of a lifetime. Through all the excitement, we sometimes forget the flood of unknowns that follow.
Beginning college can be anxiety-inducing for any 18-year-old, but as an Evans Scholar the entire college experience is very different from that of the average student. Most high school seniors pick their dorms, meet with potential roommates and considering Greek life. The dynamic of the Evans Scholarship House is undoubtedly unique in that a freshman's living situation and much of his or her social life revolves around their role as an Evans Scholar.
For New Scholars, much of their first year at CU is spent acclimating themselves to the Evans Scholarship House and learning what it truly means to be an Evans Scholar. As members of the chapter, they are held to higher standards than that of the average college freshman - not only academically, but also socially. In the first semester of their college career, New Scholars are expected to attend daily study hours, help with the general upkeep of the House, and participate in various House events. While it is a time of great adjustment, it is an even greater time of personal growth. To alleviate some of the unknowns, the class of 2021 was asked what advice they would give to the class of 2022. Here's what they said:
"Make every effort to join campus groups and find activities you enjoy outside of the House. It makes the whole college experience more meaningful and it makes Boulder really feel like home!"
"Managing your time and making sure you have time for yourself to recharge not only from class but from the House is the most important thing because you don't want to burn out academically or socially. Always remember to take care of yourself!"
"What ended up helping me the most academically and House-wise was scheduling out the week and taking everything as it came. Some things were of course beyond my control, but learning how to adapt to a schedule has made everything so much simpler."
"I would say to the two incoming New Scholars who will be sophomores to try and connect with their class as much as they can and not hold back when it comes to doing New Scholar duties. And help their fellow classmates with the transition from high school to college because they know what college is like already and can be a great resource."
"My advice to the freshmen is to hit the ground running with classes! It's much harder to make up classes rather than just maintaining the grades you want!"
"Remember to always be yourself."
"Try your best to get to know everyone in the House. They will be part of your life for the next four years."
"The Evans Scholarship House is a great place to live and you will quickly meet a lot of new, great people. If you are a little worried about the dynamic of balancing school work, social, and everything else, there is really no need to fear and you will quickly learn. Before New Scholar Day, I would encourage you to get in contact with one another if you have not already; this was very helpful for me. Joining a club or intramural sport is also very helpful in the transition as it gives you a way to get involved. If possible, it would be nice to walk around campus either later in the summer or the week before school starts to see where all of your classes are located and take the pressure off of your first day."
"Get out of Boulder, especially for out-of-state students. There's so much out there to see in Colorado. Take study hours seriously, it's your responsibility to maintain a good GPA. Get to know everyone you are going to live with; it's important to develop relationships with everyone in the House, it makes the community stronger. Most importantly, do what makes you happy. Figure out how you want to live your life because the best thing about college is the freedom to make your own choices."
"Always be honest with yourself. This is a new experience with new people and difficulties, but don't hide from it. Accept it and embrace it; don't let anything make you afraid to be yourself."
"The next four years are going to be some of the best and most memorable experiences you will ever have, so get your school stuff done, and you can really have fun!"
To the class of 2022, we can't wait to have you here! Congratulations on being awarded the Evans Scholarship!