I envy those at Colorado College that have managed to do it all –– the go-getters, the never-sleepers, the tireless workers, the endless partiers, and, above all, the ones who have seemed to figure out what it means to be a CC student.

As I enter my final year here, I am more frantic than ever to try every activity, to be a part of every club, and to leave my mark all over campus.

I am beginning to realize that what can be accomplished in eight semesters is incredibly unsatisfactory.

I love this school and I don’t want to leave.

In 24 columns this year, I’ve tried to keep my finger on the pulse of the college, but even in this tight-knit community where secrets are about as easy to hide as elephants, it’s often difficult to stay in the loop.

At any given moment, there are so many things happening at CC—whether it be a performance, an event, a meeting, or a class—you can’t have your foot in every camp.

President Tiefenthaler told me that alumni she has spoken with often emphasize one of the most important aspects of the college that needs to be maintained is  “keeping CC eclectic.” I agree.

Our faults are compensated by our successes and complimented by our steady progression forward.

At the start of the year, one of my main criticisms of the college was our inability to interact with and understand the city of Colorado Springs. Through the determination of some relentless students, we have changed that.

So if there is a pulse of the college, what would it sound like?

My uncle assumed the role of the “campus voice”  at the University of Michigan in the 1980s under the pseudonym “Fat Al,” writing regular installments for the Michigan Daily.

My fat uncle’s experience raises some questions for me.

First, I wonder what my pseudonym would be if I tried to write a column like his—sorry, Catalyst staff members, it would not be “The Little Conductor.” Moreover, though, I wonder if our community realizes just how complex and multi-faceted we really are.

If anyone were to attempt to be “the campus voice,”  they would fail miserably.  What I have discovered is that any singular image of the student body is a false stereotype  that has been perpetuated by the mythical misunderstandings that surrounds CC.

So how can a student successfully be a part of this community? I think you have to make yourself a little uncomfortable.

The CC culture is not for the faint of heart, but rather built for the brave and maintained by those who tirelessly seek to fill their brief time here with wild chaos.

You have to let CC change you and make sure that you change CC.

Jesse Paul


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