10 Reasons You'll Want To Go To Colorado State University

10 Reasons You'll Want To Go To Colorado State University

It feels like home, from the second you walk onto campus, until you come back and visit as an alum.

1. The unique campus

One of the best, and most loved things, at CSU is the campus. Whether its the beautiful foothills and our historical "A" showing proudly out over all of Fort Collins, the small lagoon resting peacefully right outside the student union, or the stretch of trees down the Oval's center, every single place on campus is breathtaking. Our square-mile land-grant university is a ten minute walk end to end, down the strip of classes to the plaza, and has a wonderful tight-knit community feel.

For a school of 20,000 students, I know at least one person in all of my classes, with more classroom than lecture time by far, and I recognize people on campus more often than not. It is a small-campus feel for having a relatively large amount of students and I love it.

2. The location

Fort Collins is the land of bikes and beer, and if that doesn't say college town, then I don't know what does. The best part about Fort Collins is Horsetooth Reservoir, Lory State Park, Estes Park, and the Rocky Mountain National Park are all within an hours drive (or 15 minutes). There is also Old Town (which Walt Disney designed Main Street in Disney after!), a fifteen minute walk from campus, where you can spend the day eating at cool restaurants, shopping around, and enjoying the local art and music.

3. The sustainability

CSU is known for how "green" it is--and not just the trees around campus. I mean, just look at all these awards! "CSU has become the first and only campus to achieve platinum status – the highest possible – under the STARS rating system, an independent program that measures comprehensive sustainability efforts at more than 700 universities across the globe." -Green Initiatives.

4. The top-ranked programs

Whether it be our veterinary school ranking 3rd in the country, being ranked top 50 in several graduate schools categories, the MBA program being the best in the state and ranked 51st nationally, or the Design and Merchandising ranking in the best 5% in the nation--we are diversely astounding. Not to mention, being ranked as Platinum by the League of American Bicyclists (and totally skipping the Gold ranking altogether which has never been done before). Check out the rest of our top-ranked programs here!

5. The students

The diversity. The culture. The opportunity. Each and every student is here for something more than an education, they are here to give something more to the world. The people I am surrounded by every single day are teaching me how to think outside the box, how to look at things in a different light, and how to push further and further for new experiences. (And besides that, everyone is so much nicer in Colorado!)

6. The best in research

I could keep listing off our amazing research programs achievements like ranking number 7 worldwide in environmental science and engineering research, but I think you get the picture.

7. The least debt

43% of our students don't take on student debt. And of those who do, its about $23,000. I'm happy to say I love being able to go to an out-of-state school cheaper than in-state, and that I am able to help my future with the scholarships I have earned. Thank you CSU!

8.The organizations

Campus is constantly buzzing about meetings, fundraising, volunteer opportunities, and all sorts of new adventures. Snow-riders Club. ASCSU. Outdoor Club. APO. Hammock Club. Boggarts Quidditch Club. CSU Striders. Photography Club. Swing-Dance Society. SLiCE. You name it, we have it. There is so much to get involved in here--you'll find something perfect for you.

As for bigger organizations--there's also our non-stereotypical Greek life. For me, it was some personal issues and the expenses that caused me not to join the Greek life here at CSU. But our Fraternity and Sorority life is one-of-a-kind! With only one in ten students in Greek life, it is a smaller scene. We only have 8 sororities and a couple more fraternities on campus, but our Greek life does amazing things for our community, our school, and their philanthropies. They are great organizations who don't fit any of the stereotypes (except the awesome houses), and I'm happy to be surrounded by how special our FSL is here.

9. The atmosphere

If you have ever walked around campus, especially for something like your first ever college visit, good luck liking any other schools! You just can't beat CSU. It feels like home, from the second you walk onto campus, until you come back and visit as an alum. I always knew this is where I was supposed to be, even if it was hard to transition my first year, and now I couldn't be happier with my decision to go to college at Colorado State. Go Aggies!

10. Anything is better than CU

This one basically speaks for itself.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...


There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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