I have been with the University of Denver for nearly 15 years and I have never lived in Colorado. Isn’t that crazy? I am based near Chicago and work with all the Midwestern students who are considering DU. I have to admit, I am biased towards the Midwest. I have lived here all my life and even attended college here. Ahhh, but there is something magical about Colorado and Denver that is so unlike the Midwest. Obviously, there are the mountains.
Here is a photo I took in late February from my hotel window facing towards the southwestern view.
See that gold spire? That is the Ritchie Center on campus. Yes, those are the mountains in the background. Imagine waking up to that every morning. The sunny blue skies are amazing and there are at least 300 days of that every year in Denver. Sunglasses are a requirement. I forgot mine only once.
Weather can be fickle and I am still not sure if they really know what a snow plow is. The 1st one I saw in Denver was in my 7th year with DU. Snow does not typically stick in Denver. This has to do with the altitude. It is the “mile high city” and you find a lack of humidity causes a dryness in the air. No extremely bitter cold that sticks around for days as it does in other parts of the country and not so much of the thick humidity either. Believe it or not, but it is not uncommon to have 70 degree days in the winter months in Denver.
Let me share some more photos from my last visit; this all happened in a 72-hour time span.
Photo one: Tuesday - up and out the door by 7:45AM to head to campus for day one of our Regular Decision Debate (you can read more about Debate a few blogs back).
Photo two: Tuesday - back in my hotel room by 5:00 PM. Prediction 8”–10“ of snow.
Photo four: Thursday’s view looking to the northwest
What is amazing is that the snow is usually gone by noon or 1 PM the next day in Denver. People can be active in several outdoor activities all year round; like golf, ultimate frisbee, and tennis to name a few. Denver is one of the best places for young adults and several of our students will relocate to the area after graduation. Well, can you blame them? As for me, I get the best of both worlds. I am on campus 4 -5 times a year and get to experience one of the best kept secrets of the West, just when I need a break from the long drawn out winters of the Midwest. I cross my fingers and hope I get one of those 70 degree days during my December or February visits.
Jenn Paar Gross - Midwest Regional Director