I was living in Harare, Zimbabwe, when I first found CRMS. I was 13 years old, had lived in Africa most of my life, and didn’t know the first thing about Colorado, let alone snow. But my 13-year-old self was certain that Colorado Rocky Mountain School was the place for me. To this day, I couldn’t tell you why it spoke to me, it was just one of those things that you know in your gut.
And my gut was right.
CRMS changed my life. It became my home, my family, and my foundation for adulthood. It opened my horizons to new experiences, it built my confidence both physically and academically by pushing my boundaries, and it taught me about living as a responsible human being within a community and beyond its perimeter.
What allowed all of this incredible expansion to happen was the safety I felt with my teachers and peers. I learned that it was okay to “fail” because I would be picked up, brushed off and learn from each stumble. It didn’t mean that “failure” wasn’t scary – it just meant that a fear of failure wouldn’t stop me from moving forward both academically and physically. How awesome is that? Growing in a safe community is priceless when you are a teenager.
Having said that, I don’t believe Colorado Rocky Mountain School is for every student. It is for people who yearn to be engaged on every level – for students who are not afraid to push themselves and possibly failing, and then understanding that “failing” isn’t a bad thing.
CRMS is definitely not for the weak of spirit. It will ask and expect your all. But it will serve you in ways that you can’t even imagine right now.
For me, it was the best decision I ever made.
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