Life is about adventures, both the small ones that take no courage at all, and big ones that take all the courage you can muster. Denver has been one of the biggest adventures I have ever taken on. From being 18 hours away from home, living in a big city for the first time, to having an incredible internship, nothing could have prepared me for this! This is a combination of all of my favorite memories and experiences throughout the semester!
Skiing was something that I had never done before coming to Denver. But it was one of my favorite things that I did. Learning something new is so much fun and there is nothing better than failing and getting right back up to do it all over again. The improvement that I made throughout the three times I went was not what I was expecting. I am so incredibly grateful for Jolie who taught me all of her tricks, even though I am still not great. Learning is a process, and you will never know if you can do something until you try. The three times I went were so special to me and I would not have wished for anything different.
Rocky Mountain National Park was another highlight of my semester! And it was even more fun to go with my housemates and enjoy the beautiful views. I do not think that is something you can see anywhere else in the world. And although it was cloudy and snowing it was worth the trip and worth the time spent with friends!
One of the most challenging things that I did this semester that was 100% worth it was the Manitou Incline. It has the prettiest views and takes a lot of motivation, but it truly is like nothing else you could ever do. And the hike down is just as worth it! I am very grateful that I got to do this with Bri and spend Easter weekend with her doing fun popular Denver things.
There were so many things that I did this semester that truly made it incredible. But the last thing that I am going to mention is the time spent with Jolie, Alex, and Maria. Jolie and Alex were two of the other people in the program, and we spent the most time together. And Maria was our residential coordinator (or RA). Denver would not have been the same without these three. They have pushed me to become a better person in so many ways. We had so many fun adventures together including hiking, Red Rocks sunrises, going to the zoo, skiing, Rocky Mountain National Park, and so many more. This semester would not have been the same without them, and I am very thankful for all of them!
Thank you for following all of my adventures throughout the semester! I have really enjoyed sharing my adventures and having a creative outlet to share more than pictures!
Aurora Franzon 2024
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