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    Red Rocks Community College | Fall Semester 2013 | First Day


    The 2013 Fall semester at Red Rocks Community College is underway and the students were out in full force for the first day of classes.


    The parking lots and classrooms were filled to their full capacity,and students trudged  through the stifling 100 degree heat to attend classes.


    There is no more interesting place to people watch than at your local community college. RRCC has a diverse student population. It isn't out of the ordinary to attend a class where the students age ranges fluctuate wildly. I'm 39, and every class I've ever attended at this school there has been at least one other person who was older than me.It's one of my favorite things about Red Rocks. I don't feel like I stick out like a sore thumb, I can go to classes and know that I'm not the only almost 40 year old guy pursuing a degree.


    This will be my last semester here at Red Rocks. I've enjoyed the experience immensely. One thing that always has struck me odd about first days is just how shy everyone is.


    You finally find your classroom, you walk in and it's dead silent. No one is talking, everyone is staring down at their notebooks or smart phones or whatever else they can find to avoid unnecessary social interaction. The problem intensifies if your professor is also awkward and shy. There are times when the first day of classes are painful to watch.


    I imagine most of us are contemplating the same thoughts, trying to figure out what to say in our introduction, forming our opinions about the classroom, classmates, and the professor. It feels like something needs to break. We all know that the art of social interaction is diminishing with the rapid advancement of modern technology. Burying ourselves in our phones has become a natural reaction to the presence of other human beings.I feel like we need to talk more and practice making more eye contact with others.


    It seems as if there is no one that is willing to take that first leap of faith in breaking the ice. I hate uncomfortable silences, anything over say thirty seconds and I am going crazy in my head, feeling like someone needs to say something. I've been in classrooms before with more than 30 people and no one even made so much as a peep for a full ten minutes. That just seems unnatural.


    So say HI and introduce yourself, don't be scared, we are all just people who share a common goal, to better ourselves through education. I can confidently say that I am not judging you and I promise I won't laugh at you or ridicule you when you talk to me. I hope that you will afford me the same courtesy.


    Good Luck to everyone in the coming semester!

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