I attended Colorado College for 2 years before moving on. I was a high achieving high school student – straight As and an 800 on one of the SATs. Freshman year at CC I got As and Bs. At the beginning of my sophomore year, in large part because I had bit off more than I could chew, I suddenly got two Cs and I became very depressed. I tried to continue but lacked the necessary motivation to keep up with the rigorous block schedule. After starting each class for the rest of the year, I ended up dropping or failing all of them.
Of course, the culpability for this disastrous experience lies with me. However, amazingly, this complete collapse did not raise any flags or alarms among the teachers or administration. In fact, the College didn’t do anything to help me. For eight months, no teacher or administrator even noticed that I had stopped being a functioning student.
Like at all colleges, there are some systems in place at CC to help students deal with personal or academic crises. But for the students who don’t walk through those doors, you could be bleeding on the sidewalk and everyone would step over you on their way to meet their busy schedules and commitments. It seems that, in a small community, ostensibly composed of caring mentors who are managing the education of 18-22 year olds, someone should have noticed. Disappointingly, no one said, “Your academic performance has suddenly dropped,” or “We’re concerned about you,” or “Your teachers say you’re skipping class or dropping out with no explanation - what’s going on?” or “You don’t seem like you’re doing well… how can we help? Are you alright?” I suspect this means that, at both the administrative and staff levels, the College is not putting any effort into monitoring student progress, helping to guide students, or making lasting personal connections – except when initiated by the students themselves.
CC may be no different than other colleges and universities. Maybe they are all on auto-pilot and only pay attention to students when they have to. Most likely, wherever you go, you will have to demand the attention that you are paying for. CC certainly came to appear to me blatantly as a business, not an educational institution. I became disgusted and disillusioned with it as a whole, and unenrolled.