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When Sara Elsbury-Robertson was younger, she started working with children who suffered from different emotional difficulties.

“I enjoyed helping them find comfort inside themselves,” she said.

Early childhood education continued to interest her, and after a move to Steamboat Springs, she began pursuing an associate degree in psychology at CMC Steamboat Springs.

‘You get what you put into it’

This spring, Elsbury-Robertson not only received her degree, she gave the student address at the college’s first virtual commencement ceremony.

“CMC showed me the potential inside myself and gave me the resources to grow in my education,” she said. “There were countless opportunities throughout my CMC experience.”

Elsbury-Robertson jumped into her college experience with both feet. Not one for simply attending classes, she volunteered as a student ambassador, speaking to prospective students and taking them on tours around the campus. She was also part of the Student Affairs staff, which offers multiple ways to help students connect and succeed.

“I loved being involved on our campus,” she said. “I loved being able to work on campus with Student Affairs, participating in all the events and all the great interactive psychology classes. The culture at CMC Steamboat is unlike any other college I’ve attended and all the professors were there to support me.”

For Elsbury-Robertson, Colorado Mountain College is a place to achieve goals.

“You get what you put into it,” she said. “What you want out of CMC is there for you to take. Yes, you need to be committed to your work and like taking on challenges, but if you can do that for yourself, CMC is there to provide the resources for you.”