- Frontlines - CU in the Capitol Program Paving the Way for Students to Experience Politics
Ariana Busby is still a student, a Political Science Senior with a Law Studies minor, but when she graduates in December she already has a job lined up. It won't be just a "day-job" to pay the bills, but the kind of job that could put her on the road to success in politics. As Policy Director in the Senate Minority Office, Busby will be putting to work the knowledge and connections she gained this past spring working as an intern at the Capitol, an internship she got as a part of the CU in the Capitol program, offered by the Department of Political Science.
- Frontlines - Experiencing the World: Study Abroad Introduces New Cultures to Communicators
When learning takes place outside a traditional classroom, the opportunities for students to gain real-world experiences abound—but when learning takes place outside a student's home country and culture, the possibilities for development and learning grow exponentially. Each Maymester, the Communication Department takes an average of thirty students abroad to study in China and Guatemala. These two study-abroad programs have grown to exemplify what it means to learn experientially, combining service and storytelling in ways that offer students not only credit hours, but also the kind of experiences that can shape the rest of their lives.
- Frontlines - In a Student's Own Words: It's All About Having a Mentor
Tina Hartt, a graduate of the BA program in Sociology and third-year student in the Sociology Master's program, agreed to share a student's perspective on learning at CU Denver:
Having a mentor means you get (whether you want it or not sometimes) guidance, feedback, support, care, taught how to sharpen your critical thinking skills, and a constant challenge to grow in the area of expertise in which you are interested. It will probably be one of my greatest achievements that I got my mentor, Dr. Candan Duran-Aydintug, Associate Professor of Sociology, to allow me to share with the world this story, as she is one of the most humble (yet strongly confident) people I know. As most readers probably know, getting a professor to say yes to something they 1) do not want to do, and 2) in which they have the choice to say no, is an achievement. Regardless, I had to ask Candan's permission to include her in this story. As I asked her, she gave me one of those looks she has now for almost five years that said, "I am not going to talk about this right now. Do your work, and then I will let you know my decision."