After getting several advisory emails from CU Boulder regarding the “holiday”
gathering that was going to occur, I began to question my neutrality on the
subject of 4/20.
Having been born and raised in Boulder County this day, every year, is always
surrounded by hype. But to me it was just as ordinary as the day that came
before it. This was the first year I actually attended the festivities on campus,
being that I am a freshman, and I was surprised by what I found. I did not
actually participate in any smoking; yet, I was amazed about how I felt, and how
it was astonishingly different from what I anticipated I would.
I was proud to be a part of something that no other school can say they have.
I realized how 4/20 is actually part of our culture as a community, and it
distinguishes us from every other established university in the country. What is
even more rewarding is that an event like this is able to take place on campus,
while CU Boulder still remains one of the best research universities in the
More people need to embrace this event as part of a greater appreciation for
what makes Boulder, Boulder.