Student Survival Guide 

As an angst-y high school student in Colorado Springs, my favorite adjective to describe this city was "lame."

"This place is the lamest," I would wail to my friends as we sat together in Acacia Park on lunch breaks.

"Yeah," they'd agree, eyeing gallivanting hobos in the Uncle Wilber Fountain. "Totally lame."

Flash forward four years (most of which I've spent in the country's red, red heartland), and my adopted hometown is looking more and more like a college student's Pleasantville. Mountains, culture and, indeed, the presence of several institutions of higher learning make "collegiate-friendly" and "entirely not lame" descriptors I've been using lately when talking about good ol' COS.

With any luck, this year's Student Survival Guide will help direct you to abundant local resources for student life: places to eat, drink, dance, volunteer and gallivant with area hobos. We, the Independent's summer interns, hope the following pieces help you discover that as student, you can't really go wrong in the Springs.


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