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Choose Your Own Adventure Summer Sessions

The NSO schedule takes inspiration from the Block Plan and will give you a taste of a "typical" class day; required sessions are offered each day for only a few hours and the remainder of the day is open for you to participate in Priddy Experience activities and to choose your own adventure — explore campus, get to know resources, and prepare for the semester ahead.

To maximize your CC experience, you are encouraged to attend at least two (2) "Choose Your Own Adventure" sessions in addition to meeting with your advisor. 

2020 Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions will begin being offered in early July and run through August 11. During New Student Orientation week, many of these sessions will again be offered in-person where socially distancing can take place or online.

Can't make the live session time? Most of these offerings will be recorded and made available online shortly after the original date linked below as well as on our Vimeo channel

Winter Start Students are welcome to participate over the summer if their schedule permits; otherwise, stay tuned for information on WSO CYOA Sessions in January. 

2020 Registration Process:

1) Review session descriptions below, making a list of the sessions you are interested in attending. 

2) Pre-Register for the session via the online platform is it being hosted on (Zoom, Webex, or Skype). Registration links will be shared below as they become available. As we add new information below, we will mark it as (NEW!) or (UPDATED!)

3) Save the date! Put these sessions date and time in your calendar; be sure to reference this page for the platform location and keep an eye on your email for more information. All session times are local Mountain Standard Time (MST)!

4) Attend the sessions! Some sessions will have a max capacity so please only register for sessions you are certain you will be able to attend. 

2020 Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions*

* As with all things in 2020, this list is subject to change as we respond to COVID-19. We will do our best to keep you and this page updated as more information becomes available about session offerings, timing, and registration. Thanks for your patience and flexibility! Please click on this link to view the CYOA Session CALENDAR.

Assistive Technology Resources for Students

Accessibility Resources staff will showcase assistive technology resources that can be helpful for students taking college courses. This session will focus on technologies and applications that can support students with both online and in-person learning. Some examples of assistive technology resources we will discuss are text-to-speech programs, screen tinting tools, and note-taking resources. Presented by Accessibility Resources. 

When and Where: Monday, August 10th, 4 pm, Zoom

Becoming a Tiger: Finding your Place at Colorado College

We all know that you are the one that knows you best; yet, sometimes it can be harder than we might think to express what that truly means to those around us, or even for ourselves. Starting with our PathwayU assessments platform which can help you uncover, or re-discover, important pieces of who you are, we will begin to explore how you might get the most out of your first year and all that Colorado College has to offer. Join the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub as well as the Career Center to consider how best to begin your Colorado College journey.

When and Where: Tuesday, August 4th, 5 pm MST, Zoom 

Career Center Open House

We would love to offer a time for first year students and their families to get to know the Career Center team. We will showcase some of our signature programs as well as answer any questions you might have.

         When and Where: Monday, August 3rd, 5pm MST, Zoom

College 101 

What is the classroom culture like at CC? What do you want to learn in your FYE? How are you going to prepare to engage in class? What strategies will help you be successful? In this interactive session, you will explore these questions with other new students, current students, and academic support staff. Presented by the Colket Center for Academic Excellence. 

When and Where: Tuesday, July 28th, 4 pm MST, Zoom

    Competitive Video Gaming (Esports) Program  

    Tune into this Zoom webinar and learn about what Colorado College esports has to offer. Get an introduction to competitive video gaming at CC and how you might be part of the community as a player, aspiring player, staff member, or casual gamer. Presented by the Esports Program.  

    When and Where:  Tuesday, July 14th, 6 pm MST, Zoom

    Confidently Communicate and Build Relationships

    Building friendships with other students, building relationships with your professors, learning to talk to staff members, alumni, and potential employers.... does any of this make you slightly nervous? That's okay! It's completely normal to feel squirmy when you think about all the new relationships you have to build through communicating in college. In this session, you'll learn from the Career Center, the Debate Team, and additional experts on campus about easy ways to start conversations and consequently build wonderful relationships. Presented by Public Interest Fellowship Program + Nonprofit Initiatives Office and the Career Center. 

    When and Where: Wednesday, July 22, 11 am MSTZoom

    CCE 101

    Interested in community engagement? Come find out how you can get involved in the Colorado Springs community with the support of the CCE (Collaborative for Community Engagement)! Learn about our civic leadership and community organizing pathways, 20+ student organizations and service opportunities, and options for engaged learning and research.

    When and Where: Friday, August 7th, 5 pm MST, Zoom

    Day in the Life of an Engaged Student 

    This session will be a Q&A style panel with current students discussing the ways that they engage both on-campus and off with communities they care about. In this session we will provide an introduction to the types of engagement work students can partake in while at CC (direct service, research, advocacy/organizing efforts, philanthropy, etc) while also modeling ways to integrate academics with community-focused work in ways that are accommodating for the CC Block Plan. Presented by the Collaborative for Community Engagement. 

    When and Where: Monday, July 13th, 1 pm MST, Zoom

    Dialoguing Across Differences 

    The purpose of this choose your own adventure session is to support the development of your strategies to engage productively with others regarding topics that evoke differences in understanding. While we will quickly review the handouts you have received during our session, the majority of our time together will be discussions based upon the foundational knowledge of these pre-work handouts you have been assigned.

    During group introductions, we will ask you to share one question you have that came out of the pre-work documents we are asking you to review. We will also be asking for two volunteers to model the RERUN method with a scenario activity, so please take some time to practice the RERUN method with a family member or friend ahead of our session. 

    Please review these handouts and come prepared to engage in a discussion with this foundational knowledge as the base of our shared understanding. As this a dialogue based session, we will need a minimum of two participants in order to proceed. Thank you for investing in your holistic development as a student leader!

    Butler Center Pre-Work

    When and Where: coming soon!!

      Exploring Inclusivity in Outdoor CultureHow to Get Involved in Outdoor Education 

      The outdoor experience is for EVERYONE to explore in whichever way they find the most comfortable; here at CC, Outdoor Education is committed to providing a variety of unique opportunities and adventures! Join this session to learn all about Outdoor Education's campus facilities, job opportunities, outdoor trip experiences, and how to strive to redefine our outdoor culture to include every student! During this session you will hear from both professional staff and students. Presented by the Office of Outdoor Education.  

      When and Where: Friday, July 10th at 10 am MSTZoom

      Financial Aid 101 

      Learn about applying, and reapplying, for financial aid, what counts as an educational expense (Cost of attendance that can be covered versus things that can’t be), loans, taxes, etc. and have all your other financial aid questions answered. Presented by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. 

      When and Where: Tuesday, August 4th, 4 pm MST, WebEx

      Financial Management in College 

      Learn about best practices in budgeting, saving, and spending money in college. Come with questions! Presented by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. 

      When and Where: Friday, July 24th, 9 am MST, Zoom

      Get to Know Accessibility Resources

      This session will provide an overview of the Office of Accessibility Resources--the office that supports students with disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, ADHD, mental health concerns, chronic health conditions, sensory disabilities related to vision and hearing, physical/mobility disabilities). We will talk about the services and accommodations provided by our office, as well as the process for setting up support. 

      When and Where: Thursday August 6th, 3 pm MST, Zoom

      Get to know the AFP Fitness Center 

      Go on a quick tour of the fitness center, learn basic gym etiquette/rules, and hear about what fitness programs are available (individualized workout plans, group classes, etc.). Presented by Campus Recreation.  

      When and Where: Pre-recorded Info Video coming soon! We will also have an in-person, socially distanced tour during on-campus NSO. 

        Heart Centered Meditation

        Come connect to your heart and be present to yourself and all that is present in your life. No experience is necessary. Presented by the Chaplain's Office. 

        When and Where: Thursday, July 16th, 5 pm MST, Zoom

        How to Excel at Distance Learning

        In the era of Covid - 19, many of us who never imagined taking courses online will find ourselves studying at a distance. Remote courses require students to be organized, to adapt to new forms of participation and assessment, and to take responsibility for their learning. This interactive session will introduce students to strategies for excelling in their courses delivered in online formats. And—spoiler alert—many of these strategies will help in face-to-face classes as well. Presented by the Colket Center for Academic Excellence. 

        When and Where: Friday, July 31st, 4 pm MST, Zoom

        How to Make the Most of Your Residential Experience

        Are you anticipating arriving to your new home at Colorado College? Tune in to hear from a Residential Assistant (RA) and Residential Life Coordinators (RLC’s) to learn about how you can capitalize on your residential experience! We can give you tips on how best to make friends, feel connections, and make the most of the resources you have in the residence halls. We know how important it is to create connections once you settle in here at Colorado College! The friendships made in your first-year communities can be ones that stay with you throughout your college life and beyond.

        We are here to help! We can answer questions like: What can you do to get out there and meet people? What is an RA, and how can they foster connections and resources for you? Who are the RLC’s, and how can they contribute to your residential experience? What could be helpful to know about my community before I arrive? And much more!

        Simply put… We are here to help you discover how you can make the most of your residential community!

        When and Where: Tuesday, July 28th, 9am MST, Zoom

        Informal Meet & Greets with NSO Interns, Student Leaders, & Your Peers

        Want to start making connections with current students and leaders as well as your peers? Have a specific question you want to ask around an area of interest? Then these sessions might be just the space for you. More topics coming soon; have a specific topic or group you would like to meet? Email the Outdoor Ed NSO interns at OutdoorEd@ColoradoCollege.edu. 

        • Travel/Study Abroad- Thursday, July 9, 5 pm MST, Zoom ; meeting ID: 889 2935 1428
        • LGBTQIA+ Community, Wednesday, July 15, 5 pm, MST, Zoom ; meeting ID: 879 3032 6845
        • Hang Out & Chat, Tuesday, July 21, 5 pm MST, Zoom; meeting ID: 829 3560 3772
        • Community Engagement Meet-Up, Thursday July 23rd, 5pm MST, Zoom, meeting ID: 889 6771 0494
        • POC Meet-Up, Monday July 27th, 5pm MST, Zoom, meeting ID: 816 1334 8771
        • Campus Publications & Writing - Wednesday, July 29, 5 pm MST, Zoom: meeting ID: 829 3560 3772
        • The Arts- Wednesday, August, 5, 5 pm MST, Zoom; meeting ID: 840 1764 9539
        • Outdoor Ed/NSO- Tuesday, August 11, 5 pm MST, Zoom; meeting ID: 811 8951 9780 

        Instagram Live! Tours of Campus - Walk Around Wednesdays

        Join the Office of Campus Activities Interns for informal tours around campus focused around themes. Follow @CC_CampusActivities on Instagram for more information and notifications for when tours go live. Comment to ask questions and engage with the interns! 

        • Campus Dining/Food, Wednesday, July 1, 12 pm MST
        • Academic Spaces, Wednesday, July 8, 4 pm MST
        • Residential Life, Wednesday, July 15
        • Support Services, Wednesday, July 22

        Introduction to Athletics 

        Imagine and start to experience all that the Colorado College Athletics Department has to offer! From exciting game day entertainment, school spirit and more - we will share all the information you need to know about #TigerPride and #CCTigers Athletics so you can show your stripes and support your Tigers! Have the opportunity to meet our Vice President and Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine and a few Tiger Head Coaches.

        When and Where: Thursday, August 6th, 1pm MST, Zoom

        Introduction to Colorado Springs Community Panel

        Join the Collaborative for Community Engagement in learning more about your new home for the next four years. We’ve invited Colorado Springs community leaders to share some of the challenges and opportunities Colorado Springs is facing. Presented by the Collaborative for Community Engagement.

        When and Where: Thursday, August 5th, 9 am MST, Zoom

        Introduction to Health Professions Advising

        Are you interested in pursuing a career in a health profession: IE: Medical, Dental, Veterinary, PA, PT, Nursing, Pharmacy, etc.? This session will provide information on courses to take in order to apply to various health professions programs post graduation. Approximately 15-20% of CC students plan to pursue a career in a health profession after they graduate. We will also discuss opportunities for gaining experience in community service, healthcare and research. Presented by the Student Opportunities & Advising Hub. Introduction to Health Professions Advising

        When and Where: Wednesday, July 29th, 1 pm MSTZoom

        Introduction to Spiritual Life & Communities

        Learn about the many ways to engage with the diverse and inclusive Spiritual Life at CC.  Whether you are exploring, want to deepen connections to a specific tradition(s), and/or are interesting in spiritual practices like meditation, there is a place for you. Presented by the Chaplains’ Office. 

        When and Where: Friday, July 17th, 4:30 pm MST, Zoom

        Library Tour 

        Check out all the library has to offer! Learn of the various resources, spaces, and activities that are available to you as a CC student! Presented by Tutt Librarians.  

        When and Where: coming soon!!!

        Making the Most of Your Orientation & Priddy Experience

        The CC Orientation experience is full of fun, excitement, nervousness, and a whole lot of information! All of this can be extremely over stimulating and even stressful. Join this session to ask questions and to hear from current students about tips and suggestions on how to make sure you get the most out of the Orientation and Priddy experiencePresented by the Office of Outdoor Education & Campus Activities. 

        When and Where: Thursday, July 23, 12:30 pm MST, Zoom

        Mapping Your Resources for Self-care and Well-being

        In this interactive workshop we’ll identify your goals and what you already know about yourself and how you manage life challenges, explore some of the common issues that make self-care challenging, and map the resources you can utilize to keep you well and successful during your first semester at CC and beyond. Presented by the Wellness Resource Center. 

        When and Where: Monday, July 27th, 2pm MST, Zoom

        Meet the Greeks 

        An informational meet & greet between new students and the sororities and fraternities. Come learn more about Greek life, ask questions, and meet some current members. Presented by the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council.  

        When and Where: coming soon!!!

        Microaggressions 

        The purpose of this choose your own adventure session is to develop a shared understanding of microaggressions and bias; create tangible action steps to contribute to an authentic inclusive community at Colorado College; and come to recognize and disrupt these daily slights experienced by some and committed by many others. While we will quickly review the handouts you have received during our session, the majority of our time together will be discussions based upon the foundational knowledge of these pre-work handouts you have been assigned. 

        When introducing yourself, we will ask you to share one question you have that came out of the pre-work documents we are asking you to review.

        Please review these handouts and come prepared to engage in a discussion with this foundational knowledge as the base of our shared understanding. Thank you for investing in your holistic development as a student leader!

        Pre-Work Microaggressions  Butler Center Guidelines for Dialogue

        When and Where: Monday July 27th, 9am MST, Zoom

        Navigating Health & Healthcare 

        Maintaining health while at college can be a challenge.  And if you get sick, the healthcare system is often confusing and complicated, resulting in bills that are difficult to understand.  We’ll share some simple tips for maintaining your health at CC.  We’ll also give you an overview of how to navigate healthcare systems and insurance. Presented by the Wellness Resource Center. 

        When and Where: Video

        Navigating the Digital Landscape

        Learn about the technology resources available to you at CC!  You will learn more about free software you can use, devices and equipment you can check out, the computer labs around campus, printing services, support for your technology, and our on-campus Apple repair center.

                 When and Where: Friday, August 7th, 2pm MST, Zoom

        Not Your High School's Sex Ed 

        Get tips on getting sexy—an introduction to comprehensive sex-ed that you do not want to miss. We’ll unpack cultural conceptions and expectations of sex, learn pleasure physiology and techniques for self and partner pleasure, and allow students to ask presenters their most pressing sex-related questions anonymously. This workshop will help you cultivate a healthy and fulfilling sex-life that meets your desires, interests, and experience. Presented by the Wellness Resource Center.

        When and Where: Thursday July 30th, 1pm MST, Zoom

        Social Networking for Introverts 

        For introverted people, sometimes it is hard to get ourselves to go out and meet other people.  Wouldn't it be great if there was a chance to meet other shy or introverted people?  Here is your chance! Come and meet others like yourself.  Everyone else will be a bit nervous too, so please join us. This will be a relaxed way to meet others. Presented by the Residential Experience Team. 

        When and Where: Wednesday, July 15, 4 pm MST, Zoom  

        Staying Grounded: How Contemplative and Spiritual Practices can be helpful on the Block Plan 

        Life on the Block Plan can be busy and intense at times. Come explore how spiritual and contemplative practices can be helpful in your everyday life in staying connected to yourself, your sense of well-being, and community. Presented by the Chaplains’ Office.  

        When and Where: Thursday, July 30th, 5 pm MST, Zoom

        Staying Sober at CC 

        Many students come to college with the intention of limiting their contact with alcohol, cannabis, and other substances. Some come with the intention of having a completely sober experience. Many more still will work through college while in recovery from substance abuse. Come connect with other students interested in a sober experience and talk with staff and returning students about the party/substance use culture at CC and the supports available to you throughout your time here. Presented by the Wellness Resource Center. 

        When and Where: In-person session

        Student Employment 

        Review of student employment opportunities, requirements and processes. Session topics include where to search for employment opportunities, how to apply for jobs off or on campus. who can apply for off-campus employment, work-study hiring preference, resume and interview assistance through the Career Center and what paperwork is required, review paperwork requirements and documents, international student ISSS office, overall SE process, and how to complete time sheets. Presented by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. 

        When and Where: Session will take place in mid August!

        Study Strategies on the Block 

        As Benedict Carey, a journalist writing about science and learning for the New York Times observes, “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong.” An what you believe to be true about learning can lead you to study ineffectively. In this interactive session, you will reflect critically on your current study habits and learn about three key insights from educational psychology that inform effective approaches to studying on the block.  Presented by the Colket Center for Academic Excellence. 

        When and Where: Thursday, July 30th, 4 pm, MST, Zoom

        Survivor Supports and Resources

        Are you a survivor of gender-based violence of any kind? You are not alone! Join SARC (Sexual Assault Response Coordinator) in this confidential and survivor-only space to learn about the wealth of resources and supports available to you at CC and in Colorado Springs. We will discuss navigating the college landscape as a survivor to make the most of your education as well as any concerns or questions you have going into your first year at CC! Please note this session will not be recorded. Presented by the Wellness Resource Center. 

        When and Where: Monday, August 3rd, 9 am MST, WebEx

        Sustainability at CC 

        Sustainability is a vast topic that encompasses environmental, social, financial, and personal wellness topics.  Colorado College is a leading institution across these efforts.  The Office of Sustainability coordinates most of the sustainability efforts at the college.  Learn more about these efforts, our progress and goals, and how you can be a part of that progress! Presented by the Office of Sustainability. 

        When and Where: August; date and time to be announced!

        Time Management on the Block Plan

        This session offers tips and tools for managing time on the Block. Participants will reflect on what has worked for them and consider what modifications to their current strategies will help them succeed in CC’s unique structure through scenario discussions. Presented by the Colket Center for Academic Excellence. 

        When and Where: Monday, July 27th, 4 pm MST, Zoom

          Toward a Daily Anti-Racist Agenda

          This is an educational opportunity intended to interrogate racial bias, facilitate learning about white supremacy's operation at structural and cultural levels in society and in higher education, and develop an understanding of anti-racism in action. Presented by the Butler Center. 

          When and Where: Pre-recorded session coming soon!

          Zen Meditation  

          Come rest in silence. Experience Zen Meditation and meet your first koan. No experience needed. Presented by the Chaplains’ Office. 

          When and Where: coming soon!!!

           

          The NSO schedule takes inspiration from the Block Plan and will give you a taste of a "typical" class day; required sessions are offered each day for only a few hours and the remainder of the day is open for you to participate in Priddy Experience activities and to choose your own adventure — explore campus, get to know resources, and prepare for the semester ahead.

          To maximize your CC experience, you are encouraged to attend at least two (2) "Choose Your Own Adventure" sessions in addition to meeting with your advisor. 

          2020 Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions will begin being offered in early July and run through August 11. During New Student Orientation week, many of these sessions will again be offered in-person where socially distancing can take place or online.

          Can't make the live session time? Most of these offerings will be recorded and made available online shortly after the original date linked below as well as on our Vimeo channel

          Winter Start Students are welcome to participate over the summer if their schedule permits; otherwise, stay tuned for information on WSO CYOA Sessions in January.