Liberal Arts Student Stories

Students share why they chose a liberal arts education at CSU

Choosing a university (and a major!) is a big decision. Hear why our students chose to study at Colorado State University and how they found their community within the College of Liberal Arts.

With 19 undergraduate majors and dozens of clubs/student organizations within the college, our community is as diverse as it is dynamic. By studying the arts, humanities, and social sciences, our students are driven to advance the human experience - and equipped with the skills and knowledge to do so.

Read the stories of current CSU liberal arts students below.

Abby Robinder, Art Education
Anahi Ruiz, Sociology
Andrea Pennington, Journalism & Media Communications
Bemnet Tefera, Sociology & Political Science
Catie Harris, Theatre Design/Technology & Business Administration
Catrina Vininski, English & Communications
Corinne Neustadter, History & Political Science
Daniel Brown, Geography
Daniel Trump, English
Erin Fuller, English
Grace Dotson, Sociology & Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts
Hannah Prinzi, English & Political Science
Jala Ward, Sociology
Jenna Moore, Music Performance
Kailey Pickering, Journalism & History
Kate McGill, Political Science and Ecosystem Science & Sustainability
Lauren Hennessey, History
Lucy Morantz, Journalism & Political Science
Maliyah Pham, Sociology
Megan Spensiero, Communication Studies
Merry Gebretsadik, Political Science & Ethnic Studies
Pete Wilson, English & Philosophy
Rylyn Todd, Journalism & Media Communications
Sean Costello, Political Science
Will Wilson, History
Abby Robinder
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Abby Robinder

Major: Art Education

Year: Junior

Why CSU

I was originally interested in the hospitality program at CSU and when I visited I also explored the Art Department. After my tours and meetings with both programs I realized that I would much prefer to study art and fell in love with the program and the people. It was difficult choosing to be further from home, but I am so happy with my choice and I have made a new home here. 

CSU has a great Art Education program, so I mainly choose CSU because of the major, but I also didn’t want to leave after my visit. I loved the campus with all the open green spaces, I also liked being so close to the mountains and old town. Overall CSU had everything I wanted and was looking for! 

Path to my Major

I had always thought of being a teacher since I was young but never knew what I would teach so I explored other ideas throughout high school until I visited. AUCC classes have not influence my major, but they have given me an opportunity to explore other areas of interest and can be a nice break from all my art and education courses! 

Why do you study Art Education?


Art was a very valuable class for my K-12 experience and allowed me to have a mental break in the day and create something to express myself. Art is all about process and exploration and I have been able think about these and how they can apply in different areas of my life. Art is not only making things but understanding cultures and history behind the artwork. The Education side has highlighted how important it is to be flexible and adaptable which are life skills that can support one in any career. I am hoping to teach high school art focusing on sculpture and ceramics as those are 2 of my favorite mediums to work with.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


I am a part of CLA ambassadors and an RA on Campus!

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I love meeting new people and making new connections with I have been able to do with both. I am also someone who loves to help others and through this position I am able to help prospect students and students in their transition to college.

What's your favorite class and why?


I have had a few favorite classes the first ones I experienced were Global Art History 1,2, and 3. There is amazing content across all of history and all over the world and the art history professors here are all so knowledgeable and passionate about their classes. Another favorite classes of mine has been Fibers 1, fibers is not an art medium I get to work with often and even though I don’t think I will be able mor fibers classes it is an art I hope I can continue to explore and build skills in. The whole art department is full of passionate professors that just make the whole experience so much more.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


One of my favorite memories is with my other RA’s who also happen to be some of my closest friends. We had come back early from winter break for work and had gone to dinner and on our way back a snowball fight broke out and all of the sudden we were spread out with snowballs in hand ready for anything. We laughed the rest of the way home and this speaks to all the amazing people I have been able to meet here at CSU.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love how I get to meet so many passionate people who are studying something they love and are excited to use in their work. I have been able to learn about so many cultures and gotten to know people who I might never have talked to which is super cool.

What's next?


I can never know what the future brings but I am looking forward to planning my student teaching semester and maybe finding some fun places to work or do an internship during summers.

Anahi Ruiz

Major: Sociology

Concentration: Criminal Justice

Minor: Legal Studies

Year: Junior

Why CSU

I chose CSU because I fell in love with the atmosphere and its courses. I researched the school more and learned how the university takes sustainability seriously, which drew me more. In addition, I was amazed by the location and the beautiful campus. During the tour, it felt welcoming and inclusive, which is another factor that led me to commit to CSU.   

Path to my Major

In high school, I was interested in becoming a probation officer. When I got here, I declared my major in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice. In my sophomore year, I decided to add an Interdisciplinary Legal Studies minor because I wanted to expand my knowledge of the legal world and branch out to different areas of law. Thanks to the great classes I have taken, I am now planning on attending law school. 

Why do you study Sociology?


I study sociology because I enjoy learning about societies' behaviors. It has taught me to be more understanding and think critically when problems arise. It taught me how to communicate, and problem solve. I can use these skills in the real world. I often use the skill at work or when collaborating with others. I also use them on my own time when I am making decisions. My goal is to become a civil attorney in the future. I will need to know how to think critically and solve problems through law school and once. As a sociology major, I have to read and write a lot, setting me up for success in my law journey.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


I am involved in the pre-law club & Academic Advancement Center

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I am involved in the pre-law club because I can tour law schools around Colorado and learn the schools’ values, and network with attorneys from Colorado or other states. In addition, we help the community. The AAC offers resources so I can succeed in college and after college. They create workshops and have 1:1 meetings with me twice a semester, which keep me on track.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


My favorite CSU Memory was attending the basketball games. I love how much energy and support the students have at the games. You can feel the energy the moment you walk into Moby Arena. I had a lot of fun at the games.

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite class is Contemporary Legal Studies. This class was my first legal studies class that influenced my decision to pursue law school. Gina is an excellent professor, and I loved how we touched on different law areas. I learned so much, which I learned how to use in my everyday life.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


What I love the most about my major/ College of Liberal Arts are the offered classes. Every class that I have taken so far has taught me a lot, and professors make sure to keep the lectures engaging. I have enjoyed every single professor in the College of Liberal Arts. I acknowledge that they care about my education and will support me when I need help.

What's next?


As I mentioned above, the classes I have taken at the College of Liberal Arts have impacted my education and what I want to do after I graduate from CSU. The courses have molded me and changed the views that I have previously had, which is why I decided to take the legal route and begin my law school process.
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Andrea Pennington

Major: Journalism & Media Communications

Minor: Sociology

Year: Junior

Why CSU

Being from Colorado made me want to stay close. I love the mountains, the people, and the environment here. I’ve always been very family oriented, so I knew I wanted something a little closer to home. Stepping foot on CSU’s campus immediately felt like the place for me! After touring multiple schools, my answer was clear that I belonged here. I wouldn’t have changed a thing! The College of Liberal Arts had everything I wanted in a college and made me feel like I could really find MY place here. I was comfortable, happy, and able to really embrace myself and my dreams here.

Path to my Major

I started out with the idea of wanting to work WITH people or just around people. I came in as a Communication major and switched to Journalism on my third day at CSU to focus more on Public Relations. I wouldn’t say any AUCCs influenced my major but taking JTC 100 absolutely did!

Why do you study Journalism?


Journalism is one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of for many reasons. This department is full of professors that want you to succeed and will do everything to help you do so! The Journalism and Media Communication degree is also very diverse. You can take your career any direction you would like with this degree and there is a lot of flexibility. You can study anything you like!

I have learned the ability to communicate in MANY ways and how to work towards an audience that you’re aiming for. My public speaking and presentation skills have also improved immensely. I have also learned how to adjust what I am learning to benefit my career in the future.

I apply these skills in many ways! Public speaking skills are something you can take with you for the rest of your life whether that is presenting to a group in your career, speaking in front of hundreds of people, or just better personal communication. Adjusting skills for my future career is very important to me. I can take projects and morph them into something to fit my portfolio to show future employers!

Currently, I am pursuing Public Relations, Media Relations, Marketing, or Social Media Management. All the skills stated above tie into these jobs as I have been able to take specific classes based on each of these professions. Everything can be very tailored to your interests! I have thought about pursing Grad School to study PR more specifically and that is always an idea!

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (oncampus or off)


I have been involved with PRSSA here on campus since my freshman year and held the position of President during my sophomore year. Currently, I am the President of Science Communication Club and one of the founding members! I am also a Marketing Specialist for our very own Rocky Mountain Student Media.

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


Involvement at CSU was drilled into my mind as a freshman which I am very thankful for. It provides a sense of community that can be sometimes hard to find. I’ve always been very outgoing, wanting to meet new people and try new things. These clubs have helped me expand my horizon and ideas of what I could potentially do as a career and finding new thing I enjoy doing as well as giving me a network and connections to help me down the road!

What's your favorite class and why?


JTC 211. Visual Comm has a HUGE variety of skills to learn. You will try your hand at photography, videography, editing, website building, and so much more. This class sparked my love of Photography and encouraged me to start my own business through that! My professor, Jesse Grace, was very supportive and helps develops these skills.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


Going up to Horsetooth for my Photojournalism class to take pictures of where the old Hughes Stadium used to be!

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


There are so many things I love about my major as well as the College of Liberal Arts. If I had to pick one, it would be how every staff member I have met in both Journalism specifically and Liberal Arts wants nothing more than for you to succeed. This college makes you feel supported, safe, and at home. I can’t picture myself anywhere different than the College of Liberal Arts. If you are hesitant, I’m telling you to jump in and take a chance. You won’t regret it!

What's next?


My next steps aren’t completely solidified yet. I graduate in Spring 2023, and I am currently planning on moving to San Diego or Nashville to pursue my career in Public Relations or Media Relations! I might spend an extra few months here in Fort Collins to get myself ready, but I’m excited! My time at CSU has been amazing and I feel well prepared to go and take on what the world has in store!
Bemnet Tefera

Bemnet Tefera

Major: Sociology & Political Science

Concentration: Criminal Justice & Criminology

Year: Junior

Why CSU

During my senior year of college my mom practically dragged me to go on college tours and the last one on the list was CSU. I was grumpy on the way there, but I fell in love with the atmosphere and the scenery at CSU. The tour was amazing, and I really saw myself attending CSU in the fall.

I ended up choosing CSU because of the people who went there and they communities they offered to me as a freshman. Being a first-generation college student made college very intimidating, but CSU showed me that they would help me transition into college. CSU was also a perfect place to attend because I was still able to visit family when I wanted but also gave me a college experience on campus.

Path to my Major

Growing up I was confused about what I wanted to do in the future but around my senior year in high school I became very interested in Criminal Justice and human behaviors. Two AUCC courses that influenced me were Sociology and Contemporary Race-Ethnic Relations. These courses helped affirm my passion for social justice and my hope to work in the Criminal Justice field as a Lawyer.

Why do you study Sociology & Political Science?


My two majors have given me broad skill set, From studying Sociology and Political Science I have learned communication skills, resume building/interview prep, an understanding of governmental structures local and domestic. I apply these skills while networking, writing papers, applying to jobs, etc. In the future I hope to purse a law degree and become some sort of lawyer (hopefully I figure it out by then). From this degree I will be able to use my writing and communication skills that will help me when I become a lawyer.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (oncampus or off)


I am a Leadership coach for Key Plus (Communities), an Associate Senator for ASCSU, Puksta Scholar, and a CLA Student Ambassador

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I am involved in these clubs because I wanted to be involved in the CSU community to meet new people, make genuine connections. Involvement on campus gives me an opportunity to meet all kinds of people and have meaningful conversations, have fun with other students and faculty. It also gives me the opportunity to make connections and network with people throughout Colorado. Campus involvement also helps me find resources that can help me develop professionally.

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite class at CSU would be Green Criminology even though I took the class on zoom it was very engaging and the course content was so interesting, especially how we learned about how crimes are committed against the environment and about the existence of climate change refugees.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


My favorite CSU memory was the step show event BAACC (Black, African American, Cultural Center) held during Black History Month. I was a freshman, and it was amazing to see fraternities and sororities perform their step routines.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I would say that I love that support I get from the College of Liberal Arts, from my advisors, professors, TA’s. The writing center and other resources on campus. Especially the coffee shop in the Behavioral Science Building!!

What's next?


Hopefully by the end of this year I can get an internship and I plan to go on my very first study abroad in Prague with the Sociology/Criminal Justice faculty!

Catie Harris

Major: Theatre Design/Technology & Business Administration

Year: Freshman

Why CSU

I chose CSU because of the school’s excellent combination of academic standards and talented program for my major. The campus was just the right fit for me size-wise and had beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces.

Path to my Major

I started theatre in high school and found my passion for the technical side In later years. I wanted to continue working on my craft and keep developing my skills, so it was the right choice for a major. I am also double majoring in business to be more applicable when I graduate.

Why do you study Theatre Design & Technology?


I love the backstage side of theatre and being one of the unsung heroes of a production, making the magic happen onstage. I study how to be a good leader with others and effectively and efficiently communicate with all the other departments. The job requires me to think on my feet a lot and come up with creative solutions to unique problems. My studies have made me a more confident person, and I look forward to continuing in this career and seeing where it will take me.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?


The Student Advisory Council for the Theater Department at CSU

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I chose to be a part of this club because I wanted to be a voice for other students who didn’t feel like they could speak up at times. Being on this board allows me to communicate between the students and the faculty to help facilitate a healthy relationship between them and make sure everyone is appreciated and understood.

What's your favorite class and why?


I really enjoyed my Freshman Theater Seminar Class in the fall semester of my first year. I met faculty and built connections with other first years in the program right off the bat. It was great to have a family atmosphere almost immediately in the program.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


Getting to participate in my first colligate show, She Kills Monsters. I was Assistant Stage Manager and enjoyed working on live theater with a fantastic cast and crew. It was a great starting point for how I hope to continue my career.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love working and collaborating with other people who are just as passionate about something as me. I also think that College of Liberal Arts Students are so interesting to learn from and talk to.

What’s next?


I am excited to continue on this path of my double major and can’t wait to see what the future will hold.
Catie HDYGH

Catrina Vininski

Majors: English & Communications

Minor: Film Studies

Year: Junior

Why CSU

I chose CSU primarily because of the campus. As a Colorado native, being able to see the mountains every day and get outdoors is what really sold me when it came to choosing CSU.

Path to my Major

Growing up I knew I always wanted to be a writer, so naturally I followed the English major path. However, during my freshman year, I realized that there are so many different opportunities beyond what I imagined, leading me to expand my career goals, and become a double major in communication. Surprisingly, a required freshman symposium English course led me to add the communication major, as I learned how intertwined the two majors were.

Why do you study English and Communications?


I have learned public speaking, research skills, tactful communication, and how to improve my writing. These two majors have helped me gain a lot of professional and common knowledge skills, that have not only allowed me to complete my coursework like essays and portfolios but also with cover letters, resumes, and other job-seeking skills. In the future, I hope to eventually become an author but currently, I’m still deciding between the countless paths that this type of degree could take me in. I know crucial communication and writing skills that I have obtained from my degree will put me on the right track and help me achieve my career goals.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


I currently workat the office of Student Leadership Involvement and Community and Engagement (SLiCE), key communities, and a ski organization on campus.

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


These organizationshelped me meet new people, gain communication skills, and improve my customer service interactions.

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite class that I have taken so far is Beginning to Creative Writing. This class gave me an opportunity to write and allowed me to focus on something other than my curriculum.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


My favorite CSU memory is when the entire staff in the office of student leadership involvement and community engagement went to the mountain campus. This really allowed me to bond with my fellow coworkers and create memories that I will remember for a lifetime.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


Going into my first year of college, I had little knowledge when it came to what a College of Liberal Arts degree entailed. However, I learned that there are so many possibilities and opportunities that exist for any student.

What’s next?


I want to become more involved with CSU/CLA programs and continue to explore the various opportunity CSU.
Catrina Vininski
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Corinne Neustadter

Majors: History & Political Science

Minor: Science & Technical Communications

Year: Senior

Why CSU

I chose CSU after a long and stressful college application process, where I applied to 20 different schools and did not make my final decision until April. I’ve always liked Fort Collins and began to consider attending CSU my freshman year of high school after researching the school for a “College Study” project but became really interested my senior year. I visited campus five times that year for campus visits and special events and applied for a new scholarship that year called the Blake Leadership Scholars Program after hearing about it at a Choose CSU event. Visiting campus with the CLA Ambassadors after being notified I got the award prompted me to choose CSU; I got to sit in on a political science class with Dr. Harris and really experience campus in its element, which ultimately cemented my decision. 

Path to my Major

I declared a history major as soon as I got accepted to CSU. I have a passion for history and desire to translate it into a career in the National Parks Service or within the greater public history field. My honors seminar during my first semester on campus on the History of American Empire piqued my interest in political science, as it discussed the inherent geopolitical forces in maintaining the U.S.’s global force and how influential politicians can be in furthering or diminishing that influence. I declared a major in Political Science my second semester of freshman year, and I really enjoyed my State/Local Government and Politics class that really shone a light on many of the issues that municipalities have to contend with.  

Why do you study History and Political Science?


I study history because of my lifelong historical passion and belief that analyzing how our collective past continues to shape our present can benefit us immensely. Studying history enables us to gain insight from past policies, events, and relationships to create a better future. As Mark Twain (supposedly) said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.” I really enjoy studying environmental history and using our knowledge to inform the public that the environment is a collective historical force that changes how each of us experiences the world but nevertheless binds us together. I study political science because I enjoy analyzing the intergovernmental dynamics of the political realm and seeing how those dynamics have the power to shape our governments, and therefore our world. CSU is one of a handful of schools around the world to offer a concentration in environmental policy, which is very interesting to me as a longtime resident of Colorado who loves spending time outdoors.
I am pursuing a career in environmental policy or journalism, which I believe are integral to ensure the well-being of American society in the face of climate change as well as continual challenges around pollutant regulation. Environmental policies need to prioritize inherent rights to clean air and water and sustainable development. I hope to tie my skills of historical analysis, clear communication, and policy analysis into my post-graduation career, whether that’s pursuing a graduate degree in public policy or history or working to develop equitable policies for local governments.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (oncampus or off)


CSU Libraries (I’m a content writing assistant for the communications team), Journal of Undergraduate Research, Defenders of Wildlife CSU, Honors Program, CSU Collegian newspaper Opinion Columnist (Aug 2019-Feb 2021), Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership, and CSU Public Lands History Center

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I’m involved in these organizations because I really enjoy writing, advocacy, and policy work. Writing columns for the Rocky Mountain Collegian and now working as a Content Writing Assistant for the CSU Libraries have been very rewarding in enabling me to recognize the power of my voice to speak up and demand change (and strengthen my writing skills!). I’m also an associate editor for the Journal of Undergraduate Research, which has enabled me to develop better editing skills and strengthen others’ writing, particularly in academic contexts. These clubs have really helped me gain insight into what I want to do post-graduation and have strengthened my understanding of how we as individuals can shape the world we want to see.

What's your favorite class and why?


I have a couple of favorite classes from my time so far at CSU! My favorite history class was definitely the History of America’s National Parks last spring taught by Dr. Sheflin because of how much I learned in the class and how relevant it was, given the exponentially high usage of national parks during the pandemic. Much of the history surrounding national parks is not discussed in American history classes, and taking this class changed my understanding of their development entirely. My favorite political science class was Media and Politics taught by Dr. Stecula last fall, as it revealed the interplay between news outlets and political spheres, which was super interesting as a political science major and journalism minor. It really showed me the influence that news outlets have over the public’s perception of politics and how that impacts governance as well as political participation.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


My favorite CSU memory was going to the Fort Collins Book Festival (pre-pandemic) and being able to listen to a panel of CSU professors who had authored books around agriculture and food insecurity talk about why they decided to write them. The festival was spread out all over Old Town, so I got to explore the whole area, including my favorite place, Old Firehouse Books! It was my first time seeing the unique culture of downtown Fort Collins in my first fall semester of college, and it was an experience I could only have here!

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love the interdisciplinary nature of both my major and the College of Liberal Arts; I think people perceive history as being a monolithic study of the past, when in reality it allows us to look at historical political, social, and economic climates that are often still present in society. Likewise, I think CLA’s classes do a great job of preparing students for a variety of careers to impact the world in positive ways. Being a CLA major has been an extremely rewarding experience and one that I would recommend to anyone considering liberal arts colleges!

What's next?


I hope to combine my passions for history, writing, and collaboration towards a career in environmental policy or journalism to shed light on how we can develop better, more sustainable and environmentally conscious policies centered around equity.
Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown

Major: Geography

Year: Freshman

Why CSU

I first attended Colorado State University after I graduated high school in 2014. After 3 semesters I withdrew from college. However, with reflection and a growing passion for learning, I decided to return to CSU to rightfully earn my education. 

I wanted to attend CSU because it is a wonderful place to be. The campus is awesome; the student body is welcoming; and the staff members are passionate and supportive. When I spend my day at school, I feel like I am at home. 

Path to my Major

A few years ago, I stumbled upon an old geography textbook that my younger sister checked out from her high school. The subject sparked a sense of curiosity, and I began to read the book. After rediscovering the world of geography, I fell in love and decided geography was what I wanted to study.  

Why do you study Geography?


I study geography because I get the chance to explore and discover the relationships between physical and human phenomenon that create the world in which we live in.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?


I am a member of the Geography Club, the CSU Chess Club, Musicology Club, and the Writer’s Society at CSU.

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I joined these clubs because I wanted to find ways I can engage at CSU. It is nice because I found organizations that focus on subjects that I really enjoy. I get the chance to meet new people and continuously discover new things.

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite class is Composition 150. I enjoy it because I get to learn to write in academic settings. It is the gateway to joining and contributing to academic conversations. One gains the skills and tools to conduct research, construct pieces of rhetoric, and read critically, and communicate effectively.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


When I first arrived in Fort Collins, I had the great opportunity to meet with Dr. Merrill Johnson. He is a professor in the Anthropology and Geography Department and was willing to talk geography with me. During our meeting, I learned about the new geography program here at CSU. We spoke about my interest in the subject and the many places I can take my education and career as a geographer. This connection truly inspired me and made me look forward to my journey of becoming an expert in the field of geography. You’re awesome, Dr. Johnson!

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love that the College of Liberal Arts is home to many individuals who are inspired and passionate about their field of study and are not afraid to express themselves through their skills and knowledge.

What's next?


My plan is to maintain a positive outlook and continue pursuing my education in the world of geography. I would also like to begin studying journalism.
Daniel Trump

Daniel Trump

Major: English

Minor: Legal Studies

Year: Senior

Why CSU

I fell in love with Colorado at an early age and I knew it was where I wanted to go to college. I also wanted to continue playing competitive rugby while still getting a great education, and CSU has both. After I took a campus tour of CSU in high school, I immediately knew this was where I belonged. Being at CSU feels like I am a part of a big family, one that genuinely cares about me and wants me to succeed. Choosing CSU was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Path to my Major

I wasn't exactly sure which major or pathway I wanted to choose when I first got to CSU. But during my freshman year, I really enjoyed my liberal arts classes, in particular my composition class. My professor was awesome and made writing enjoyable, something I never thought was possible. I soon found an interest in composition, set my sights on law school, and decided that English was the major for me.

What skills have you learned from your degree?


I have learned better writing and composition skills and have greatly improved my writing.

How do you apply them?


I apply them in all the assignments, papers, and classes I now have, as well as in my everyday life.

What career options are you pursuing? What skills from your degree can you / will you tie to your job or grad school pursuit?


I hope to go to law school and writing is a big part of that, so the skills I am learning now will greatly help me during law school and afterwards.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?


I am a member of the CSU men's rugby club team

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I love the sport of rugby and the teammates I have here at CSU, it is such a blast. I have become such a better player while on the team, and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite class is my composition class. It is so informative and interesting, but also fun. I feel like I am learning something new and becoming a better writer every class.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


My favorite CSU memory was when I was admitted. I was beyond happy, jumping up and down and giving my family the biggest hugs. It was an awesome moment, one I will never forget.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love being an English major and a part of the College of Liberal Arts. I thoroughly enjoy my classes and professors, and I am learning new skills and ideas everyday.

What's next?


I hope to attend law school after my time at CSU and continue playing rugby.

Erin Fuller

Major: English

Concentration: Creative Writing

Minor: Music, Stage, & Sports Production

Year: Freshman

Why CSU

My sister goes here, so I’ve been able to explore Ft. Collins during my high school years while she’s been up here. I only applied to CSU and Nebraska-Lincoln because I needed to stay practical; other options were too expensive and too close to home, and Ft. Collins has always felt so…natural.

Path to my Major

I chose CSU because even though Nebraska is near family and could give me a fresh start, Colorado is in my blood, and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else (for now).

Why do you study English?


I’ve explored the different aspects of creative writing and the sense of infinity within it, and learned how to argue better using rhetoric, as well as learned the elements of linguistics, literature, and education.

In my English classes today, I practice rhetoric and elements of poetry. As for my other classes, I write lots of essays where I write with flow and my own voice. I also journal/write poetry in my own time.

Since high school, I’ve wanted to be a professional playwright. I chose English/Creative Writing with this in mind because playwrighting is a very creative career, and if even if I don’t end up going down that path, I’ll still have a way to work my passion.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


I’m a DJ at the campus station KCSU.

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I was in newspaper in high school and came up here for J-Day in 2019. My class got to explore the TV and radio station. I fell in love with the radio station and rushed to get involved my first semester; it gives me another aspect of joy and passion playing music I love for people and talking about it!

What's your favorite CSU memory?

Putting my personality into my dorm room and decorating my window is definitely my favorite (continuing) memory of CSU so far.

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite class so far is English Symposium I took last semester. We spent 2-3 weeks on each English concentration so that we could have a taste of every aspect English has to offer. It was interesting and I learned things about different concentrations I never would have learned because I’m not studying them.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


We’re the creative, passionate, and unique ones, doing what we love for the love of it.

What's next?


Something good I hope 🙂
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Grace Dotson

Majors: Sociology & Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

Year: Junior

Why CSU

CSU immediately made me feel welcomed and I knew there would be many opportunities to make connections and grow as an academic. I felt that I was valued as an applicant and admitted student and that I would truly find community here on campus.

Path to my Major

I did not know what I wanted to study as a freshman. I took a variety of courses and Sociology became a field that I was drawn to repeatedly. I loved all the professors I had taken courses from within the major and eventually added Sociology to my Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts major.

Why do you study Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts


I have learned how to think critically about the interactions between people and the institutions that shape our lives. I currently work as a volunteer for CSU’s Literacy Center doing creative writing within the communities' more vulnerable populations. I plan to either attend law school or apply for graduate school upon graduating. I can apply much of the theory-based learning that I have done in many aspects of a potential career. Additionally, with the criminology minor I have learned specifically about the many facets of the criminal justice system which can be very useful in law and other careers.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


I am a Blake Leadership Scholar, part of the Honors college, a volunteer for the community literacy center, college of liberal arts ambassador, and work at a coffee shop off campus.

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I am involved in these clubs and activities because I feel that each of them has given me the opportunity to further engage in the community and to develop so many incredible relationships not only at CSU but in the larger Fort Collins area.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


Hiking at Horsetooth with friends. 🙂

What's your favorite class and why?


Sociology of Technology and Science with Dr. Luna. Dr. Luna is an amazing professor who conducts her classroom in such an engaging way. We tackled difficult concepts and controversial topics with curiosity and respect unlike I have experienced in another class.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love that I have the flexibility to really take courses that interest and inspire me. The College of Liberal Arts offers the opportunity to get a well-rounded education with so many options to explore.

What's next?


More school! Law school or graduate school!
Hannah Prinzi

Hannah Prinzi

Majors: English & Political Science

Minor: International Development

Year: Sophomore

Why CSU

I became interested in Colorado State University during a high school percussion ensemble performance here on campus. I was also drawn to the honors and liberal arts programs. Later, I fell in love with the campus when I toured the university, and the people I met were so kind and fun. When I was offered financial aid from the liberal arts program, my fate was sealed; I found my home. I continue to fall in love with CSU as I discover new friends, coffee shops, and opportunities to grow. 

Path to my Major

I spent my childhood with my nose in a book, so I always had a dream of becoming a writer when I finally grew up. Once I was “grown up,” I found that I still wanted more from my education. I also wanted to work towards a career that could help people -- that could make a difference. My advisors and professors were nothing but supportive throughout my search for a second major, and I’m so glad to now be studying Political Science alongside English. I didn’t have to take many AUCC courses since I started college with a lot of AP credits. 

Why do you study English and Political Science?


I am studying English and Political Science in hopes becoming a published author. I also want to have a positive influence in political discourse. My studies have taught me the importance of critical thinking and approaching issues from multiple perspectives.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (oncampus or off)


I am involved in the Honors Program, and consequently an editorial board member for the program’s literary magazine titled “Spiritus Mundi.” Another organization I am involved in through the Honors Program is the Blake Scholars Program. I’ve also had the opportunity to be do some undergraduate research through the Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars (HURS) program. I’ve been assisting Dr. Peter Erickson in his research. Finally, I enjoy being a part of Navigator’s ministry.

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


As a people-person, I thrive in community settings. By participating in clubs, I’m able to celebrate my different identities as a writer, scholar, and community member. In these spaces, I am both an individual and a member of something bigger.

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite classes this semester are British Literature and International Relations. My British Literature course is a set up like a small seminar, so we always have interesting discussions. We’ve read so many different works, some that have become my favorite poetry. My professor is also so engaging. I love my International Relations course because I am learning such interesting topics that are relevant to this day and age. Furthermore, my professor is so passionate and informed about each topic.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


Since my time at CSU has occurred during the pandemic, my favorite memory might seem minor, but I still cherish it nonetheless. A huge snowstorm hit over the weekend and cancelled all activities for Monday, so my friends and I suited up and ran to the intramural fields for a midnight snowball fight. The snow had slowed to a gentle fall, and the air was crisp. We ran in the knee-high snow, tripping and laughing all the way. After a while, we returned to the dorms for hot chocolate and popcorn. We watched “How to Lose a Man in 10 Days” and finally retired early that morning.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love how the College of Liberal Arts offers so many different pathways to success while still feeling like a small, tight-knit community.

What's next?


I’m only just starting my journey at CSU, so the future may be a little unclear, but I’m still excited to find what’s in store for me!
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Jala Ward

Major: Sociology

Minor: Interdisciplinary Legal Studies

Year: Freshman

Why CSU

I chose CSU because of the beautiful environment, the Principles of Community, and the programs CSU offers. The landscape around CSU really drew me in because I love nature. I was impressed by the Principles of Community and CSU’s dedication to social justice. Lastly, I was interested in the College of Liberal Arts and after looking into it, I decided that CSU was the best school for me.

Path to my Major

When searching for colleges, I did not know where I wanted to go at all, and I even wanted to major in a medical-related field. Then I decided that was far from what I wanted. I was really interested in majoring in Political Science, or something related to this field of study. After researching more of CSU’s programs and majors, I decided Sociology sounded like the perfect major for me.

Why do you study Sociology


I study Sociology because it is such a diverse topic; it includes a broad range of topics and evaluates historical and modern issues. I have always been interested in societal trends, dilemmas, and the relationship between the individual and institutions. Sociology helps me understand these concepts in a deeper sense.

I have learned different ways of looking at the world and society. Sociology has taught me various perspectives within society and how individual interacts based on their socialization. I apply these skills by evaluating my social interactions and using a different lens when trying to understand another individual’s issues. I am pursuing a career in the legal field as a criminal defense attorney. The skills that I earn from my sociology degree that will help me in my job are cultural understanding, socialization, and deviance

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


I am involved with Residential Dining Services

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I am involved with Dining Services because I wanted to work on-campus and gain more professional experience. I have gained a great understanding of the food industry, how to work on a large team, and how to supervise and lead others. Personally, it allows me to make connections with a diverse group of students I probably would not have met otherwise.

What's your favorite CSU memory?

My favorite CSU memory is going to the ram welcome events at the beginning of the fall semester and getting a feel for the campus.

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite class so far has been Contemporary Legal Studies because it brought me out of my shell and taught me about so many legal concepts. The class gave me a bit of insight into my future career as an attorney.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love the community within the College of Liberal Arts; the faculty and students are very welcoming and kind. I love sociology because it is so applicable to everyday life and allows me to broaden my perspectives.

What's next?


I want to graduate from CSU and take a gap year, then enroll in law school.
Jenna Moore

Jenna Moore

Major: Music Performance

Minor: Arts Management (LEAP Program)

Year: Senior

Why CSU

I chose CSU because it was the university that lined up most with what I wanted for myself. I wanted to go to a bigger school, to have many options for how I could customize my degree, to be in an honors program, to be able to use a recreation center and play intramural sports, to participate in marching band, and to be a member of the university’s flute studio. CSU offered me all of these opportunities, and I also felt a stronger sense of community here compared to my visits of other campuses. I felt welcomed immediately, and CSU feels like home to me now.

Path to my Major

Since I am an honors student at CSU, I had the opportunity to customize my course load to not include any AUCC courses. Instead, I substituted them with honors seminars, these smaller class sizes allow for in-depth conversations about interesting subjects. My favorite seminar so far has been about how different types of leisure can affect our lives.
I am extremely interested in music business both for classical musicians and modern musicians you could listen to on the radio. I originally planned to be a business major with a minor in music, however, I did not feel ready to give up flute performance. In order to participate in the CSU flute studio, I switched my plan to have a major in music and a minor in the university's arts management program, LEAP. (LEAP stands for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts Advocacy, and the Public.) These courses educate students on how the arts function in our government and society, and it prepares us for how to be successful and manage our careers after we graduate.

What skills have you learned from BM performance?

I have learned how to be disciplined and resilient. A music performance degree takes hours of individualized practice. It is easy to fall behind if you do not put in a continuous effort to become a better musician. Although the professors in this degree will help guide you, it is you who will be the one to dictate your own success. I have also learned how to take criticism and how to learn from failure.

How do you apply them?


I apply these skills by setting reasonable goals for myself. I understand that I will not significantly improve overnight, so I keep track of my progress in order to be prepared for performances. The concert dates will be arriving no matter what, so I manage how to use the time I have effectively. These skills have transitioned over to other courses in which I plan accordingly before due dates arrive.

What career options are you pursuing? What skills from your degree can you / will you tie to your job or grad school pursuit?


My career will likely include a combination of paths, which I will enjoy because the idea of an office job does not interest me. I will most likely give private flute lessons to students as one of my options. I would also like to perform with a symphony orchestra and possibly perform for movie soundtrack music. Another big goal of mine is start programs in which young musicians can participate in international exchanges in order to perform with students outside of our country. I am passionate about promoting how music is an international language after I had the opportunity to perform with a high school band in Japan. Graduate school is also an option for me. As I get closer to graduating, I will determine whether going to graduate school to further my skills in flute or my knowledge of the modern music world will be the best option. My time management skills and my determination are definitely strengths I will take with me into my career. Everything I do I like to do well, and I believe this mindset will help me secure a career in the future.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


Besides the College of Liberal Arts Ambassadors, I am a member of the Honors Student Association (HSA). I am a member of the International Music Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI). This semester, I am a section leader for the CSU Marching Band. I am also a member of the Presidential Pep Band.

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


HSA performs community service on campus and off. We also participate in fun activities that allow us to explore more of the Fort Collins area. I enjoy this organization because it allows us opportunities to see more than what is on campus. In SAI, we build relationships with each other and attempt to give back to the community through music. I enjoy being a part of an organization that shares an appreciation for music. The marching band performs at every football game and a few extra performances such as the Denver Parade of Lights. Every member of the marching band receives a scholarship, and the amount of this scholarship increases every year of participation in the band. I also enjoy marching band because it has a great sense of community, and through it I have made some of my closest friends. The Presidential Pep Band performs at volleyball games and events such as CSU Alumni Association gatherings. This is another opportunity for me to spend time with marching band members and combine two things I love: music and sports!

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite class is Wind Symphony. I love this class because my favorite part about being a musician is performing in large ensembles like these. The music for this group is very challenging, and it has pushed me to become a better musician. I have a lot of respect for the director of this ensemble, and it is not common that you see a woman as the director of bands for an entire university. Wind Symphony also gave me the opportunity to perform music in Prague this past summer which is an experience I will never forget.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


My favorite CSU memory is having the opportunity to host and perform with the CSU Wind Symphony at the American Bandmaster Association (ABA) celebration in Loveland, CO. ABA members consist of well-known directors, conductors, and composers within the band world. It was incredible to be able to speak to people whose music I had performing throughout my experience with band. Performing at this event was amazing as well because I had never experienced an audience in which every seat was occupied by someone who was just as much into band music as myself.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love that I feel as though I can make my major my own. I believe I can take my education at CSU and do something with it that no one has thought of before. I am confident that my professors in the School of Music, Theater, and Dance and other faculty within the College of Liberal Arts will support me and help me build a career path that is perfect for me. My degree has also significantly improved my leadership and communication skills that I believe will be a valuable asset to me in the future.

What’s next?


The next steps for me involve continuing to work hard and reach my goals. I will soon have to start preparing for solo recitals as a part of my degree requirement. One of my goals is to be able to perform with my host sister from my Japan trip (who is also a flutist) on one of these recitals. My honors thesis is also on the horizon, so I will soon be brainstorming for that. I am planning on declaring a business minor this year, so I will have even more classes to plan for in my schedule. Although there is much to be done, I am excited to continue with my degree path in order to build my unique career

Kailey Pickering

Majors: Journalism & History

Year: Junior

Why CSU

I chose CSU because it has one of the best journalism programs. After seeing the student media offices as a high school senior, I knew that was where I wanted to be. As I was researching colleges, CSU stood out because of it’s focus on community both on campus and around Fort Collins. The University seemed like a welcoming and adventurous place to complete my degree. Before I started my freshman year, CSU felt like the place I belonged.

Path to my Major

I fell in love with writing at the age of 10. I was the Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper where I realized that journalism could be an opportunity to make a career out of writing. When I got to CSU I was immersed in wonderful journalism and student media programs. After reporting on a local candy shop in Old Town, Fort Collins my freshman year, I was certain of my passion for impacting people by sharing the stories of the community. I strive to change the world through storytelling.

Why do you study Journalism?


I study journalism because I believe in the importance and power of storytelling. By sharing others’ stories, we can inspire, spread hope, and empower others. There are stories everywhere that need to be shared.

Through journalism I have learned storytelling, becoming proficient in interviewing, mastered copy editing, enhanced my writing skills, and grown in website management. I apply these skills everyday by listening to others’ perspectives, editing magazine stories, and managing a magazine. I am hoping to work for a magazine after graduating. I would love to write for a magazine but aspire to get an editorial role. I will be able to take my skills in interviewing, editing, writing, and leading to wherever I go after school.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?


I am the Editor-in-Chief of CSU’s student-run magazine College Avenue. I am also involved with Mill City Church.

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


The magazine has taught me a lot about journalism and has helped grow my journalistic skills. Additionally, it has given me an opportunity to be a leader and guide others to producing the best content possible. I have also learned a lot about managing a publication through Rocky Mountain Student Media. Student Media has given me the chance to explore my passions as a writer and share the stories of CSU and Fort Collins. It has been very beneficial to explore journalism and has offered wonderful experiences.
Mill City has been a wonderful community the past few years and had furthered my beliefs and who I am as a person, which reflects in my personal and professional life.

What's your favorite class and why?


Ancient Greece to 323 B.C. In addition to storytelling, I have a passion for history. Learning about the past fascinates me and this class specifically was so interesting. I was so intrigued to learn about Spartan and Athenian culture, their government, and the military battles. The class was amazing and the professor was very engaging.

What's your favorite CSU memory?


This year’s Homecoming was amazing. After not having a lot of ‘normal’ events last year, being able to take part in this year’s Homecoming was so fun. There was a Plaza event where my friends and I got free merch, everyone decorated, there was a bonfire, and the game on Saturday was all so fun.

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love College of Liberal Arts because every major is focused on considering other perspectives and finding ways to impact people. I want to change the world through journalism, and I think CLA offers so many different paths to changing the world.

What's next?


Next year will be my senior year and I hope to continue to work at the magazine and take great classes. After graduation I plan on working for a publication or freelancing.
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Kate McGill

Majors: Political Science and Ecosystem Science & Sustainability

Year: Freshman

Why CSU

I chose CSU because its welcoming atmosphere and fun community reminded me of the feel of my hometown. I love the proximity to the rocky mountains, and the combination of CSU’s political science program and my ecosystems major provides me with an excellent avenue toward environmental policy.

Path to my Major

I chose my majors based on the descriptions on CSU’s general catalog webpage, along with feedback from current students. Both were extremely helpful in deciding what majors would be the correct fit for me.

Why do you study Political Science and Ecosystem Science & Sustainability?


Through studying Political Science, I have gained knowledge of the structural and political workings of the United States government, along with the international arena. This has helped me better understand the ways that environmental policy works and does not work. I have practiced research and critical thinking skills in both of my majors while writing papers and participating in labs. Political Science provides me with an understanding of the politics and human institutions involved in Environmental Policy, while Ecosystem Science and Sustainability gives me the scientific knowledge to understand the environment itself.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (oncampus or off)


I am currently involved in the Zero Waste Team, a group of students that sorts waste into trash, recycling, and compost at CSU’s sporting events to ensure as much as possible is diverted from the landfill. I am also an ambassador for the College of Liberal Arts and have volunteered at CSU’s Environmental Learning Center. I am also a member of the Honors Program at CSU.

Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


I am involved with these clubs because they are ways for me to give back to CSU by contributing to its sustainability efforts and helping prospective students looking at the university. The Honors Program also provides me with opportunities to strengthen my critical thinking skills and engage with students across majors. All of my involvement on campus provides me with the opportunity to strengthen my leadership skills and meet new people.

What's your favorite class and why?


My favorite class was Intro to Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. This class was an 8 week course designed to introduce us to our major where we met many faculty in the program and went on an overnight excursion to CSU’s mountain campus. On the mountain campus, I met so many amazing students also studying ESS and it made CSU’s big campus so much smaller for me!

What's your favorite CSU memory?


My favorite memory at CSU was the trip to the mountain campus that I took with my major, as it introduced me to some of my best friends and had some absolutely beautiful scenery!

What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


I love the focus the Liberal Arts has on developing well rounded students with the capacity to succeed in whatever career they choose. In my experience, the professors are extremely helpful and willing to work with students to help them succeed. Overall, it’s a great place to learn and further my education.

What's next?


I’m not positive what is next! I plan on finishing my degree at Colorado State and either applying to law school or heading in a different direction.

Lauren Hennessey

Major: History

Minors: Sociology & Media Studies

Year: Junior

Why CSU

I chose CSU to stay close to my family, and be closer to my sister, who graduated from CSU Spring 2021. I loved the size of the liberal arts school, and I wanted to be able to explore different aspects to a liberal arts degree. I was pretty set on my major, but there were so many areas of study that I could take my college career. I also loved how spread out the campus was, and that it was easy to bike places around CSU and Fort Collins.

Path to my Major

I was accepted into CSU with a political science major, and ended up changing it before I officially accepted my offer. I didn’t have the language credits from high school that would allow for me to not study a language in college under a political science degree, and I have always been bad at learning new languages. I chose history because I had a big interest in it, and I knew that it would mesh well with sociology, which I declared as my minor sophomore year.

Why do you study History?


I study history because I think there is so much to learn about the present day and future of different societies from their pasts. So many societal and cultural ideals have been transferred across different generations, and figuring out where they originated or why certain things are held so sacred to populations is so interesting. I really like learning about people – philosophy, fashion, fighting techniques, inventions, etc. – and history covers all of that. By studying general history I’ve been able to study antiquity and contemporary times, which I’m grateful for.

I’ve learned advanced writing skills that have been so helpful in all aspects of my work. I’ve learned professional research skills, team-building skills, time management skills, and most importantly communication skills. I think that being able to communicate effectively across many platforms – social media, email, face to face, etc. – is so helpful. I’ve applied these skills in my professional life, and interviews for future jobs and internships have become much easier since advancing in my degree. I apply them in the classroom when working with different groups, and communicating with my professors. Researching and writing papers has also become much easier. I think that applying skills allows for a student to get the very most out of the classroom experience, and if you become good at these things, hard work seems more enjoyable.

I’m pursuing a career in public engagement/ public land management, either through museum work or national park work. I am considering grad school, and really like the option of history students being paid for attending grad school/ perusing grad studies at CSU.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


  • History Club 2019-2020
  • Avery House Museum Docent
  • History Colorado Internship
  • Public Lands History Center Internship
  • Fort Collins Earth Day Volunteers (with Fort Collins Sustainable Living)

  • Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


    I really enjoy volunteer work, and it is so fun to get involved in your community in ways that help other people. Personally, I’ve met some great people through volunteer work in the community and through the history club at CSU. Professionally, being able to meet references or people who are working in your field is always beneficial and exciting.

    What's your favorite class and why?


    Colorado History with Derek Everett! He is an excellent professor, and such a kind person. It is so fun to learn about the place I grew up, especially when I had visited historic places but hadn’t known their full history.

    What's your favorite CSU memory?


    This is a tough one. I loved my freshman “ramapalooza” where all the freshman went in bouncy castles on the IM fields, played volleyball, and listened to live music at the LSC the first night of living in the dorms. I met some people that night that are now some of my best friends, almost 3 years later. I also really enjoyed the Rocky Mountain Showdown my freshman year. Tailgating in front of Moby and going to football games is one of my favorite activities each year, and you run into so many old friends and get to dress up in ram-pride attire. Basically, any event CSU puts on where students can all be together, and be outside!

    What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


    I love the professors in the History Department. I’ve been able to get close to many of them, and they are all so helpful and kind. It is really nice to know professors personally, and know that they genuinely care about you, and want you to succeed!

    What’s next?


    As of now, I have a full time summer job lined up as a public engagement assistant for the Natural Areas association for the City of Fort Collins. I’m excited to work at kind of an unconventional job, and I wouldn’t have received the job offer if not for CSU’s faculty resources that I used for references, and various resume building sources that I’ve learned from classes. After graduating, I hope I can use my history, sociology, and media skills in a job that puts a modern twist on learning history.
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    Lucy Morantz

    Majors: Journalism & Political Science

    Minor: Legal Studies

    Year: Junior

    Why CSU

    Coming from a place as flat as Kansas, I knew that I wanted to be close to mountains. When I first visited campus in high school, not only was I amazed by the beauty of CSU and Old Town under Christmas lights in the winter, but everybody I talked to and saw seemed so content and friendly that it made me feel confident that CSU was the place for me. Touring the Journalism Department reaffirmed this feeling when I saw the endless opportunities for student involvement and had meaningful conversations with faculty members who had years of firsthand experience under their belts. Moving away from home was nerve-wracking, but the support from the CSU community made it feel so easy and exciting.  

    Path to my Major

    With two parents who met while working as journalists, various broadcast and print news pieces were ever-present in my life growing up. From this, an interest in government and politics also evolved from a very young age. Fast forward to my 15-year-old self working for my high school newspaper, an undeniable passion for photojournalism gave way to an obvious career path. When I first came to CSU, I had declared journalism as my only major and political science as my minor; but, within the first two weeks of classes, I realized how passionate and interested I was in having a deeper understanding of the American political system. Declaring a double-major has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and is what has guided me to pursue a career in political journalism.

    Why do you study Journalism and Political Science?


    My interest and passion for both fields I feel can be mostly attributed to an incessant desire within me to inform my community on the issues that directly impact them and to do so in a way that accurately, effectively and ethically deconstructs the complexities that characterize the political process. Today more than ever, the ability of citizens to understand the institutions in which they and the rest of society operate within should not be exclusive to people who have the privilege of earning a political science degree. This is ultimately why I am so passionate about my fields of study and why I feel so unbelievably lucky to advance my knowledge of both through the CSU College of Liberal Arts.

    Aside from the expected academic skills I have developed in my time at CSU, I have discovered so many skills within myself that I not only did not expect to ever uncover but also skills that I for so long believed I would never be capable of employing. Examples of these are clarity and brevity in verbal and written communication, multicultural consideration and appreciation, interpersonal relations, multimedia content creation, critical and independent thinking, the ability to empathize with and find the merit of ideologies that do not align with my own, and — above all — confidence in my own abilities and knowledge.

    One of the most rewarding aspects of my liberal arts education at CSU has been the hands-on experiences afforded to students both inside and outside of a traditional classroom setting. Whether it be creating portfolio-worthy multimedia pieces in journalism production courses or the ability to apply coursework to practice while working with Rocky Mountain Student Media, I have never felt as if the skills and information gained from classes serve no real purpose. Further, the way I have developed and evolved as an individual throughout my time at CSU is perhaps what I am most proud of.

    The ways that both of my majors fuse and overlap, along with my personal passions, have led me to pursue a career in political journalism. Specifically, I hope to work as a photojournalist in the D.C. area reporting on political issues ranging from legislation to civil demonstrations. With the experiences I have gained as I pursue my degrees, such as covering protests in D.C., Denver and Kansas City, I feel that this career path is perfect for me to achieve my larger, conceptual goals. Lastly, I do hope to eventually go to law school, so the interdisciplinary legal studies minor created by the College of Liberal Arts has given me even more of a focused background to pursue this.

    What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (oncampus or off)


    Outside of school and serving as a College of Liberal Arts Ambassador, I have also been involved with Rocky Mountain Student Media since the beginning of my freshman year. I started by joining the Collegian’s photo desk as a staff photographer and have since worked as the Photo Editor and Director. Additionally, throughout this past semester, I have been involved in creating a community startup project called Rock On Fort Collins which is a digital media hub where the stories of the faces and places of the city are shared.

    Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


    Through both of these opportunities, I have gained so much hands-on experience that has been and will continue to be invaluable to me as I pursue my career. The Collegian has given me a background in working as a journalist in a newsroom, managerial tasks and the practice of reporting, while Rock On Fort Collins has allowed me to be a part of the process that goes into creating a brand from deciding aesthetics, voice and making and managing digital platforms and social media.

    What's your favorite class and why?


    My favorite class that I have taken at CSU is ECON 212, racial inequality and discrimination. I took this course the first semester of my junior year to fulfill credits for my minor and was not sure what to expect from it. Although I have long been interested in politics, my curiosity was focused on social issues as opposed to economic or financial ones. However, this class shifted my entire perspective on government and politics as I realized more and more throughout the semester how the social issues I care most about relate to and are influenced by the economy. Additionally, it developed my commitment to racial equity even further and opened my eyes to many aspects of the topic that I had never before considered. This course struck such a deep nerve in me that I ended up basing four of the journalistic pieces that I am most proud of on its contents.

    What's your favorite CSU memory?


    The thing that has made me love this university so much is not one specific event, but rather a trend I have noticed in myself since being here. Before coming to CSU, I was never the type who would be considered a ‘go-getter,’ let alone have such a passion to pursue a particular career path. However, that all changed as soon as I stepped on campus freshman year and was surrounded by people who were so passionate and driven, while also being provided with so much support from professors and the Liberal Arts faculty. If not for coming to CSU, I’m not sure I would have ever found the passion in myself to pursue any specific career.

    What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


    I love studying journalism and political science at CSU so much because I feel that I am given the freedom to focus on what I really care most about and being able to make an impact through my work. I anticipated that there would be overlap between all of my areas of study, but I am continually surprised by the scope of that overlap. Because journalism instructors care so much about giving students opportunities to pursue what they care about most, I constantly find myself using information and concepts from my political science courses to create the type of journalism I hope to make a living from. The applicability really makes me appreciate my time here because I know that everything I do builds on itself in order to for me to get where I hope to be.

    What's next?


    As much as it saddens me to think of my time at CSU eventually coming to a close, I am simultaneously so excited to see where my liberal arts education lands me. After I graduate, I hope to make it to D.C. and work as a political journalist before eventually pursuing a law degree. After that, I’m not sure what the future will hold for me but I am confident that whatever direction my life goes, I will be well-prepared because of my time and experiences while being a Ram.
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    Maliyah Pham

    Major: Sociology

    Concentration: Criminology & Criminal Justice

    Year: Sophomore

    Why CSU

    My high school had a college fair, and the CSU recruiters were intriguing. I chose CSU because of the diversity that was advertised by CSU recruiters and because it was close to home, but not too close.

    Path to my Major

    I was originally a biochemistry major, but realized sociology was my calling. The AUCC course that influenced my major choice was SOC 100, as well as outside influences such as my interest in criminology/forensics.

    Why do you study Sociology?


    I have learned crucial critical thinking skills and how to better manage my time. I use critical thinking skills throughout my day whether it is communicating with others or completing class assignments. In college, you are always active, especially when you add clubs or work to the equation and leaning to manage your time is a must if you want to be successful.I do not have a set career plan just yet because of my change in major. As of right now, I am just taking a ton of classes to hopefully find what piques my interest. However, I am leaning towards the forensics side of things. The skills I will use from my degree that will help my journey in grad school or a job will be communication and critical thinking.

    What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


    I am a part of the Key Communities here at CSU.

    Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


    I am involved in Key Communities because of their mission, which is to promote leadership skills and strengthen the identities of diverse individuals. Involvement on campus provides a sense of belonging, you get to meet others and build relationships, and allows you to be a part of the change these clubs are hoping to achieve. Professionally, it also shows how active you are and demonstrates that you have developed skills that will benefit you in the working field.

    What's your favorite class and why?


    My favorite class is SOC 372 (Sociology of Deviance) because of the people and the content taught. It is very informative and interesting.

    What's your favorite CSU memory?


    My favorite CSU memory is being on lockdown at my dorm freshman year because it is when I got to meet all the friends I have now.

    What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


    What I love about College of Liberal Arts are definitely the professors and how I can do anything with this degree. I am not just stuck with one career choice- I can become an artist, a doctor, a scientist etc.

    What's next?


    What’s next for me is finding an internship and finishing my bachelor’s degree in the near future.
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    Megan Spensiero

    Major: Communication Studies

    Minor: Sociology

    Year: Freshman

    Why CSU

    I chose CSU because I wanted a big school with many different opportunities but with a small school feel and community. Being from a small catholic high school with a graduating class of 81 students, I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and try something new. You only get the college experience once, so why not go big or go home?

    In my junior year of high school, my family made the trip to Colorado to visit CSU. When I came on campus, I knew that CSU was the place for me because of the friendly people and the beautiful campus.

    Path to my Major

    Applying for college, I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life after college. I am interested in many different things, and I wanted to find a major that was universal and allowed me to explore and try new things. After exploring many different options, I settled on communications because it allowed me to enhance my speaking and organizational skills

    Why do you study Communication Studies?


    With a communications degree, I have learned skills that have made me more confident in public speaking and I have been able to apply the theories and ideas I have learned in my communication classes in my life. I use what I have learned in these classes and apply them to how I see the world around me. I am more aware of how I communicate with others. After college, I think I might enter the field of college or high school admissions because I love talking to people and helping them was any way I can. In this degree, I want to use my communication skills to help talk to people.

    What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (oncampus or off)


  • Fraternity and Society Life (Delta Delta Delta)
  • CSU Club (CHAARG)

  • Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


    I got into these clubs because I wanted to become active in the CSU community and try new things because you only get the college experience once. These involvements have allowed me to meet new people from the same and different backgrounds. Furthermore, these involvements have allowed me to set personal goals for myself to keep me both physically and mentally active. These clubs professionally have allowed me to try different leadership techniques.

    What's your favorite class and why?


    My favorite class was World Languages and Pop Culture. In this class, I learned 5 different languages in the semester, and I also learned the culture of the language. I liked this class because it was something that I have never taken before, and it exposed me to so many different cultures and languages. I can use the skills that I have learned from this class and use it with my communication skills.

    What's your favorite CSU memory?


    My favorite CSU memory was in the dorm, where my friends and I would have a pasta and movie night every Friday. We could go to the kitchen and make the pasta ourselves and blast our music. Then we would watch old childhood movies or tv shows as we ate our pasta. We would stay up late at night eating our pasta and watching our shows.

    What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


    What I love about the college of liberal arts is that it gives an individual the opportunity to explore and try new things. I also love the college of liberal arts because it allows you to be a well-rounded individual and to gain new knowledge in a variety of different subjects and fields.

    What's next?


    I plan on continuing my education here at CSU and just taking one day and one minute at a time. I know that in a blink of an eye I will be graduating college and trying to find a job in the big bad world. I am just going to enjoy my college experience.

    Merry Gebretsadik

    Majors: Political Science & Ethnic Studies

    Year: Senior

    Why CSU

    I chose CSU because of its student centered atmosphere and endless amount of resources. I also chose it because it was close enough but far enough from home at the same time.

    Path to my Major

    I first had always wanted to become a doctor since I was little. But my love for politics had grown over time. I had also always loved current events and started to see what my passion was. I loved learning about what was going on around the world and what politicians were doing to help. I knew that I wanted to have an influence on systems of government that are against human rights, and what better way to do that than with a political science degree.

    What skills have you learned from political science?


    I have learned a lot about how to stand up for what I believe in and different things I can do to help with situations.

    How do you apply them?


    Through joining organizations that have an impact on situations I want to help.

    What career options are you pursuing? What skills from your degree can you / will you tie to your job or grad school pursuit?


    I want to pursue a career in diplomacy. I want to be a United States Ambassador and I am going to tie skills such as connecting with political parties that hold influence in order to make a difference.

    What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


    On campus: NRHH, ASCSU, Orientation, Hall Council, UWOC, Elections Committee, CLA Ambassador.

    Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


    I am involved on campus because I love making connections with different types of people. I also think it is a great way of enhancing my leadership skills and learning new ones as well. It helps me network as well, which will help me in my future career.

    What's your favorite class and why?


    My favorite class would have to be Introduction to Ethnic Studies because some of the things I had learned had shocked me. I was learning about stuff that I was not fully knowledgeable about which made me want to learn more. A lot of the stuff we learned included heavy subjects and it helped me become accustomed to being uncomfortable.

    What's your favorite CSU memory?


    My favorite CSU memory would have to be being able to welcome the class of 2023 as an orientation leader because I was able to provide them with the support I was glad I received when I came to CSU.

    What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


    I love my major because it makes me want to learn more and more each and every day. I also see a lot of what I learn in real life which intrigues me.

    What’s next?


    Next for me on the list is to continue getting good grades while staying involved on campus and make more connections.
    Merry Gebretsadik

    Pete Wilson

    Majors: English & Philosophy

    Concentration: Literature

    Year: Junior

    Why CSU

    My twin brother wanted to go to CSU. We are very close, and his decision greatly affected mine. While taking a tour, I fell in love with CSU's sustainability. I also loved how many trees and open spaces there were on campus.

    Path to my Major

    I knew I wanted to major in English and Philosophy since high school. I had a great AP Literature teacher who inspired me to choose my majors. AUCC classes did not influence my choice due to having lots of incoming credits.

    Why do you study Philosophy and English?


    I study Philosophy and English because they are thought-provoking. Philosophy asks questions aboutbeing a good person, and what it means to live a good life. English captures the human experience and makes me think about my own life. I have loved literature since I was a boy and get a lot of enjoyment out of reading so much. I have learned how to communicate well. Philosophy teaches logic and how to properly write arguments, clarifying my thinking. English gives me a window into other cultures and experiences, allowing me to relate tothose around me. My writing for classes is much better than it used to be. When trying to prove a point, I use logic to persuade others. When interacting with people of different socio/ethnic backgrounds, I now understand and converse with them about their beliefs and values. I don’t know what I want to do post-college. Good communication and writing skills are needed in most jobs, so my degreeswill be useful regardless of my career path.

    What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


    I am involved with the Honors Student Association and Cru Campus Ministries.

    Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


    I am involved with the Honors Student Association because it lets me connect with my fellow peers in the Honors program. I am part of Cru Campus Ministries because it is an outlet to practice my faith and connect with fellow Christians.

    What's your favorite class and why?


    My favorite class is British Literature 1: Medieval Period to 1800. I love this class because we discuss topics such as romance, heroics, and forbidden knowledge, while reading some awesome works such as Beowulf and Paradise Lost.

    What's your favorite CSU memory?


    My favorite CSU memory is playing Intramural Basketball!

    What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


    I love English because I get to read a lot of the classics and have really interesting discussions. English makes me dream about what I could beand inspires me to be the best I can be.

    What's next?


    I don’t know what is next. As of now I’m just enjoying life at CSU!
    Pete Wilson
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    Rylyn Todd

    Major: Journalism & Media Communication

    Minors: Psychology & Communications

    Year: Junior

    Why CSU

    During my junior year of high school, I went on a trip to tour colleges. After my tour at CSU, I knew that I had found my home away from home. My cousin graduated from CSU, absolutely loved it, and convinced me to visit. He was in Fort Collins during my college tour, showing me around Old Town and taking me hiking up to the A. I immediately fell in love with the beauty of Colorado and the people who lived there. Everyone was so nice and kind, going out of their way to help. Coming from a small town with a graduating class of 85, I was worried I would be lost in the huge crowds. Fortunately, that did not happen. On the first day, I found someone to sit next to in every class. Everyone was so receptive to making new friends. There is a sense of community and pride at CSU that makes me feel at home.

    Path to my Major

    From a young age, I have always loved to write about people, events, and stories. In high school, I took a lot of writing courses that fueled this passion. As a sophomore, I started volunteering at our local newspaper, writing articles about student life, While I was applying to colleges and trying to figure out what I wanted to major in, my parents kept reminding me to do what I love and I'll never work a day in my life - so that is exactly what I did. When I was accepted into the JMC department at CSU, I thought I wanted to write for a magazine or a newspaper because that was all I knew of the journalism field. However, within the first semester of college I was introduced to a plethora of opportunities in the journalism field. After talking with my academic advisor, I decided I wanted to concentrate in public relations. My second semester, I took a public relations course and now public relations is my concentration. I am also minoring in Information Science and Technology which will help me to understand the evolving technological world.

    Why do you study Journalism and Media Communications?


    I study Journalism and Media Communication because I enjoy interacting with people and hearing their stories. In my classes, I am learning how to take those personal stories and turn them into content that society wants to read. Equally important, my classes are teaching me invaluable communication and collaboration skills that will help me in future jobs. My concentration in public relations has exposed me to a new side ofjournalism that I am excited to explore. I will still get to follow my passion for writing,but I will also interact with people on a personal level and help their companiesmaintain a positive public image.

    What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (on campus or off)


    I am a CLA Student Ambassador, reporter for the campus radio station (KCSU), member of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), member of Canine Companions Collar Scholars club, and a member of the campus ministry Outpost.

    Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


    Every organization I am involved with benefits me personally and professionally. My CLA Student Ambassador position and PRSSA provide me with invaluable experiences for my major. The ambassador program provides opportunities to apply my communication skills when interacting with families who are visiting campus. As a member of PRSSA, I attended Shadow Day in Denver where I spent the day with a professional who worked in the public relations field. I learned a lot about the field and what PR professionals do on a daily basis. The campus radio station taught me how to speak articulately during live shows and meet deadlines. I joined Collar Scholars and Outpost because they fulfilledpersonal passions. All of these clubs were also a great way to meet new people.

    What's your favorite class and why?


    I loved JTC350, Public Relations. It was a great introduction to public relations. It exposed me to the different aspects of the fieldand what job opportunities areavailable outside of college. I learned the basics of the industry while figuring out that PR isthe route I wanted to take in my studies.

    What's your favorite CSU memory?


    Although my first year on campus was cut short due to COVID-19, I have made so many new memories and cannot wait to make more in the future. So far my favorite memories all stem from making new friends.

    What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


    What I love most about the College of Liberal Arts is the plethora of majors and diversity in the college. We have so many opportunities within the college which brings a very diverse group of people together. What I love about my major is how many opportunities there are within the journalism field. I always viewed journalism as cut-and-dry –writing for a newspaper or reporting on television –but I have learned the field provides so much more.

    What's next?


    I am looking for internship opportunities in public relations. Working in public relations is the goal right now, but I am not sure what that looks like yet. I do know thatI am glad to be a part of the CSU community.

    Sean Costello

    Major: Political Science

    Minor: Global Studies

    Year: Junior

    Why CSU

    I chose CSU because I knew I wanted to come back to Colorado and remembered how much I liked the campus and people when visiting during high school. I also changed my major to political science when I transferred and heard great things about CSU’s political science department. I knew I wanted to be a part of it!  

    Path to my Major

    I started out at the University of Oregon as a psychology major, but I never loved the program and knew I wanted to switch majors. I enjoyed government classes in high school, and after great conversations with some professors in the department, I decided political science was what I wanted to do. I haven’t regretted it since! 

    Why do you study Political Science?


    I study political science because I enjoy learning more about the different ways to approach the numerous aspects of politics, as well as being a more informed citizen. In today’s day and age, there is so much going on, and being able to study politics on a local, national, and international level has broadened my world view and exposed me to many ways people see the world that I never would have experienced otherwise. Throughout my classes, I’ve learned to be more open minded, be more articulate with my thoughts (through writing and when speaking), and work with others in a more collaborative way. All these skills will help me in any career path I chose, especially in a career of public service.

    What clubs/organizations are you involved in? (oncampus or off)


    I am a Transfer Transition Leader and a College of Liberal Arts Ambassador.

    Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


    I decided to be a Transfer Transition Leader because of the help I received when I transferred to CSU. I was nervous transferring to a new university, and the transfer team helped me acclimate and feel a part of the community. I am excited to pass that on to other incoming transfer students.

    What's your favorite class and why?


    My favorite class so far at CSU has been International Relations (POLS 232) because I love studying political science from an international lens. This class has helped me understand why different countries act the way they do on the international stage and the different approaches to studying international politics.

    What's your favorite CSU memory?


    My favorite CSU memory has been living on campus which has allowed me to meet new people and get to know the campus a lot better than living off campus would have.

    What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


    I love the professors, students, and the different courses available in the College of Liberal Arts. I’ve been exposed to so many different views and opinions through my courses here, and it has made me a more well-rounded person in all aspects of my life.

    What's next?


    I’m not completely sure what’s next, but I’m excited for where life takes me!
    Sean Costello

    Will Wilson

    Major: History

    Concentration: Social Studies Teaching

    Minor: Music

    Year: Senior

    Why CSU

    I choose CSU for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, I was offered financial support through the college of liberal arts to make my tuition affordable. CSU also has a fantastic percussion music studio which I knew I wanted to be a part of as well as a great teacher prep program. On top of that, it kept me in the state of Colorado which I love so I can continue to hike, camp, fish, and ski in my free time!

    Path to my Major

    I originally started as a music education major here at CSU. I choose this major as I was offered scholarships by CLA, loved playing percussion, teaching youth, and it was a well-known program in the nation. When I began classes though, I realized music was too narrow a focus for my education, but knew I still wanted to become a teacher. I always enjoyed history and geography, so I decided to switch into the social studies teaching program which I’ve been a part of every sense! Changing majors was a great choice and I couldn’t be happier.

    Why do you study History and Music?


    Being in the history program has really taught me how to reflectively analyze the past and present. It is easy to get caught up in generalizations when looking at the past, and it is important to dive deeper into important events. I’ve also learned about how to analyze and present sources that are accurate and relevant in this program to different audiences. Music has taught me about working as a team and working towards improvement. I apply these skills all the time in my everyday life. Having the mindset of looking deeper into the world has made me a more critical thinker and has really allowed me to develop my own viewpoints of the world. Learning to work as a team has been invaluable and has improved both my personal and professional life. I’m currently pursuing a career as a teacher! My education at CSU is invaluable to making sure I’m prepared to teach future generations. Being able to present media and sources in an engaging way will be valuable when working with students and making effective lesson plans.

    What clubs/organizations are you involved in?


    I’m currently involved in a few programs at CSU. In the music program, I’m a member of the CSU orchestra and percussion ensemble. I’m on an intramural team called the Wildcats, and we play co-ed basketball and kickball. I am involved with the campus ministry Cru @ CSU and attend meetings regularly. I’m also a Resident Assistant at Newsom Hall this year.

    Why are you involved in these clubs? What does involvement on campus (or off) provide you both personally and professionally?


    I’m involved with these activities to connect with my fellow CSU Rams. All these serve to build friendships and help me take advantage of “the college experience.”

    What's your favorite class and why?


    My favorite class was GEO 100. My professor, Dr. Hausermann, made the class super engaging to the point that everyone participated, and I was always excited to show up. I made some great friends and learned new ways to analyze culture and human behaviors.

    What's your favorite CSU memory?


    Hands down my favorite CSU memory was when I went on an all expenses covered trip to Indianapolis last year to perform at the Percussion Arts Society International Convention. I got to miss school to go hang out with my friends for a few days in the city. We went to the convention center, the capitol building, soldiers' and sailors’ monument, watched live performances, explored downtown, and went to a state park along the river! It was a blast.

    What do you love about your major/College of Liberal Arts?


    I love that history majors get to explore monumental events that shaped the world we see around us. While living in the moment, it’s hard to realize just how important our actions are, and history brings that to light. All the classes are super interesting, and I learn new things every day about our past.

    What’s next?


    Next for me is beginning more education classes to receive my teacher licensure! I also plan to win an intramural championship shirt soon!
    Will Wilson