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Thinking of college can bring back deep feelings, from exhilaration to inebriation to exhaustion.

click to enlarge Patrick Bernard of Palmer Park is an engineer.

Patrick Bernard of Palmer Park is an engineer.

Where did you go to college? The DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix, Arizona.

Characterize your college experience. It was hard and a lot of work. Classes were difficult for me, and I had to have a job at the same time. It was worth it, though.

What was hardest about adjusting to college? One day I'm living with mom in Colorado Springs, the next day I'm completely on my own in Phoenix. There were no dormitories.

Where would you send a hungry student with $10? The deli section at Safeway. For five bucks, you can get anything there you'd pay double for at a fast-food place.

If you were a local college student now, where would you hang out? Downtown and Old Colorado City because of all the coffee shops and relaxing places. You can get work done and have people around, too.

click to enlarge Tommy Dorr of Old Colorado City is an account manager.

Tommy Dorr of Old Colorado City is an account manager.

Where did you go to college? Riverside Community College, an hour south of Los Angeles.

Describe your college experience. Blurry.

What was the hardest part of adjusting to college? In high school, all you had to do was show up. Basically, you were babysat. College, though, is serious.

Looking back, what's something you'd do differently in college? Finish.

Where would you send a hungry student who has only $10? Chipotle. It's clean food and you get a lot of it for under 10 bucks.

Where would you hang out if you were a local college student? Supernova. You can drink a beer nice and slow and play arcade games.

click to enlarge Xanthe Cook of Old Colorado City is a therapist and musician.

Xanthe Cook of Old Colorado City is a therapist and musician.

Where did you go to college? UCCS.

Characterize your college experience. I had a pretty positive experience, but I only stayed for just under a year because I wanted to travel.

What was the hardest adjustment to college life? I lacked the training and skills to succeed. I wasn't ready to write college-level papers. It was overwhelming.

What's something a beginning college student might not know about this town, but should? There's a great independent music scene, and it's becoming a flourishing place for Americana artists.

Where would you send a hungry college student with only 10 bucks to spend? To Seeds Community Café.

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