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I watched Jesus Camp, a documentary about our nation's evangelicals, two months before I moved here to attend Colorado College. Based on that film, I thought I would transfer out of Colorado Springs by the end of fall semester.

Yet after three years, I'm still here and even enjoying being a college student in this quirky little city. Whether I'm out hiking, exploring Manitou Springs or spending a night hanging in downtown, I can always find some reason to appreciate being in the shadow of Pikes Peak.

If you're an incoming freshman, you're now getting an enviable chance to discover it all ... as long as you're willing to stick at least one foot outside of the bubble that the typical college campus tends to become.

This year's Student Survival Guide combines the views of us three summer interns: Kelsey Fowler, who grew up here; Lea Shores, who spent the summer here; and me. Our goal is to help you identify the best that this city has to offer, and to ensure that you make the most of your first few years on your own.

Colorado Springs can seem a mixed-up place that reinvents itself on a daily basis.

So have fun figuring out who the hell you are, and finding places on campus and in the Colorado Springs community that'll just let you be you. I guarantee, there's something out there for everyone.

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