Tips for studying in

Watson Institute @ Boulder.

By Jessy Huang
Insider tips.

What do veterans say?

Transportation:

  • Getting to Denver walking +taking the bus can take an hour/an hour and a half.
  • Get yourself a RTD app and life will be much easier (if you can use credit/debit cards of course). It’s $9 round-trip day pass. 
  • When you use Google Maps, it doesn’t show you that the most straight forward way from Chautauqua to the nearest bus station is Broadway & Baseline, which you can take from Columbine avenue down. 
  • If you can choose between FF1 and FF2 (when both arrive at the same time), always choose FF2 because FF2 is express and FF1 stops at every other station.
  • It’s hard to get to grocery shops & coworking spaces.

Food:

  • Boulder is known for its 100% organic-all natural-vegan-cage free-hippie-shit food and lifestyle culture. So buying food can be quite expensive.
  • Fortunately, Watson recently organized an effort to arrange its scholars on food trips to a local food pantry (Harvest of Hope) to help its scholars alleviate some stress of spending a whole lot of money on food (you can almost get by the entire time without spending a dime on food). The trip happens once per week at a set time, Watson pays Lyfts to take who ever needs to be there. You can shop for yourself, or better yet, shop for your roommate too as long as they are also registered, and they don’t need to be present to shop as long as you claim to shop for them. Be thankful & respectful that the pantry volunteers are helping out, and make sure to write them a thank-you card in the end of the semester!

WiFi: Watson recently updated their previously slow-ass WiFi. I tested randomly on a Friday night, and it reached an impressive speed of 50 mbps

Classes:

Social

  • Schedule 1:1’s with people to hike  
  • Knock doors, respect introverts
  • People treat others like they are treating others from their culture 
  • Setting expectations 

Accommodation:

Calendars: you can access everyone’s calendars 

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