We asked, and GSBC alumni delivered! Since they spent a total of six weeks (42 days!) in Boulder during their GSBC years, we wanted to know the lasting impression Boulder had on our former students. Here’s what they had to say:
Pearl Street Fandom
“My favorite place to get pizza in Boulder is Pasta Jay’s, of course!” reports Kelly Jordan, ’11.
After eating at Pasta Jay’s, check out the art scene on Pearl Street.
“Into the Wind kite store and the Pearl Street Arts Fest are two things that stick out in my mind when I think about Boulder,” said Jahn Grandstaff, ’11.
Into the Wind opened in 1980 and views kites as “the fine art of enjoying the wind.” The 42nd Annual Pearl Street Arts Fest is scheduled for July 18-19, 2020, and includes a variety of art, from whimsical and modern sculptures to traditional watercolors, oils and more.
Off the Beaten Path (Literally & Figuratively)
GSBC students get their evenings and the weekend between week one and two free, giving them ample time to unwind after classes and take in Boulder’s iconic scenery. During the weekend, GSBC takes a group of students to Clear Creek Rafting Co. for an intermediate-level rafting trip.
Others go their own way. David Moore, Kamyar Monsef, Dustin Bruland, Taylor Kendel and Darah Valville, ’19, joined together during their first year at GSBC as hiking buddies.
David Moore said, “[Our group] got together with our love of the outdoors and every chance we got we’d head into the mountains for epic hiking adventures. One awesome trip was a drive up Boulder Canyon to Nederland (elevation 8,228′!) We ended up on a beautiful five-mile hike which ended at a picturesque alpine lake. We ended the evening at an outdoor pizza place in Nederland with copious amounts of beverages and laughter.”
It’s not much of a a hike, but it’s definitely a dive… the World Famous Dark Horse Bar & Grill most likely looks forward to the influx of business each July, in part thanks to GSBC students flocking into the city. A Boulder landmark since 1975, the Dark Horse is decorated from top to bottom with movie props and turn-of-the-century antiques.
“From their amazing wings and great beers on tap, to tricycle races on Tuesdays and karaoke on Thursdays, the Dark Horse will always be my favorite place in Boulder,” said Brandy Osborne, ’19.
Campus High Points
The precipice of every student’s final week at GSBC is graduation, held on the last Friday of every Annual School Session. Since 2004, GSBC has held its graduation celebration and ceremony in the club level at the state-of-the-art Folsom Field. The view of the Flatiron Mountains while students get their diplomas is breathtaking.
Rebecca Diaz, ’19, remembers her graduation day: “Graduation was a wonderful memory I’ll have forever. From rushing to get state photos completed before the rain came and getting crammed in the hot stairwell for the group picture that was not meant to be, to standing with my Bank Management Simulation team (The Mulligans) and my fellow honor students for our graduation photos, it was a very exciting day.”
GSBC’s “Celebrate 70” campaign aims to engage the school’s students, alumni, faculty and supporters in a year-long commemoration of its history, accomplishments and traditions.