Find your people by playing games and participating in friendly competitions | Student Affairs Division

Are you ready to let your competitive spirit out? Do you want to meet other enthusiasts for a friendly and exciting competition? Getting competitive might just be what you need to find your staff and place yourself on campus.

There are many opportunities for you to get involved and find organizations that match your interests. Here are a few if you like to win and compete.

Visit and play The Connection

There are different ways to take on other buffs, especially if you like video games, tabletop games, and even board games!

The Connection is CU Boulder’s entertainment hub. Located on the first floor of UMC, this hotspot is your go-to spot for plenty of competitive activities. Challenge your friends during quiz nights; bowling, table tennis and video game tournaments; and more. You can also check out the board games at reception to fuel your competitive spirit.

Compete with others through sport

Do you like to exercise for fun? Intramural (IM) sports is the perfect opportunity for you. IM Sports gives you the chance to connect to campus, meet other enthusiasts, and participate in a variety of sports and activities. IM sports are open to students, faculty and staff. You can create a team with friends or sign up as a free agent, however you choose to play, there’s something for everyone. Purchase an IM Sports Pass to play in leagues and tournaments throughout the semester.

Make money with sustainable ideas

The Sustainable Solutions Challenge is a campus-wide competition to help move CU Boulder toward a sustainable, carbon-neutral future. Compete individually or as a team to present your creative ideas. The best part about it – the winning proposal will receive $1,500, while a runner-up and an audience favorite will each receive $500.

The prize money is funded by the Office of the UC President. Plus, your idea will be considered for implementation on the CU Boulder campus!

In addition to entering the contest, there will also be a showcase on April 21 where you can pitch your idea and be eligible to win a round of $25,000 in MIssion Zero Fund prizes at CU Boulder.

To learn more about how to get involved, why to participate and important dates, find out how to participate in the Sustainable Solutions Challenge.

Find what interests you

Contact your professors and ask if there are any opportunities for you to compete in areas related to your major. Whatever your interests, there will be something to suit you.

It takes time to find your niche, but BuffConnect can make it easier for you. BuffConnect is CU’s student club portal. There are over 500 student organizations and the list is organized by category to help you find organizations or a club that matches your interests. Start by searching for groups in the recreation and wellness, social, or sports club categories.

Attend events

As the old saying goes, “a little competition never hurt anyone”. Attending events is your chance to meet people who share your interests and to try new things. Be on the lookout for activities you can participate in to put your competitive skills to the test!

Try things on your own

If you want to create your own competitive games with your friends, here are some suggestions to try and have a good time.

  • Organize a relay race with your friends. Set your goal to race in Norlin Quad or Farrand Field and see who wins.

  • Play a board game – you can try one at your residence’s community center or at The Connection.

  • Gather some friends and try an escape room.

  • Challenge a friend to a one-on-one game of HORSE.

  • Create a treasure hunt.

  • Sign up for a bike or run race.

For more tips and resources to get involved, visit the Student Affairs website, check out student events, download the CU Boulder Life app, and be sure to follow @CUBoulderLife on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

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