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.
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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.

Cover Image Credit: Maddi Burns

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend

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Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

The key for me is to know that I will have fun with my date at formal. The drive to formal can be long and you are sharing a hotel room with your date along with spending time with them during the trip. I talk a lot. I want someone I know who I can carry a conversation with and will not just respond with words such as Yeah or Sounds good. I have always been able to remember not only my formals but specific parts of it as well. I think this is possible because of who I have brought and the memories I made with them.

Formals are important to everyone so think about who you want to spend that moment with. There is nothing wrong with bringing someone who you like but there also is nothing wrong with bringing a friend. Some people might bring someone they are dating but you should not have to compare yourself to other people. Do what makes you happy but remember this weekend is about you and you deserve to bring someone you will have fun with.

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