Hello! My name is April Rieger and I am a fifth-year senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. I could not be happier with my choice to study at Colorado State University–I am so lucky to have access to all the amazing resources and programs at CSU. The past four years I have been able to take classes from many incredible professors and work on a handful of pretty inspiring and interesting projects. Fort Collins has become a second home to me and I have learned many things that I know I will carry with me for the rest of my career and my life.
During my freshman year at CSU, I had the opportunity to live in the Academic Village: Engineering resident hall which is easily one of the nicest of the dorms on campus. I was surrounded by other engineers who were taking the same classes and who had the same work load. There was always someone close by to study or grab dinner with. I also took advantage of the free tutoring for students and my professors always have been willing to make time to help when needed.
CSU also supports and encourages students to pursue real world experience–The summer of my freshman year I interned with Starz Entertainment in Englewood, Colorado. I worked with the Broadcast Engineering Department and did summer maintenance on their antenna systems. I loved learning more about their custom engineered broadcasting system and sincerely appreciated the opportunity! The summer after my sophomore year, I got the chance to earn credit towards my Spanish minor while studying abroad in Spain. Most recently I have had an internship with Lockheed Martin for the past two summers. I have been able to see what it would be like to work professionally in the aerospace engineering field and I got to apply many of my skills I have learned in my engineering classes. It was another awesome summer filled with lots of cool projects! These experiences have also contributed to my education and school experiences and have excited me for entering the real world of engineering after graduating this spring.
As a sophomore I started working as a student ambassador for the College of Engineering and I also became involved in Greek life–I have had the chance to serve as vice president and president for Chi Omega, CSU’s largest sorority, have participated in community service work, met some of my best friends and lots of new people. I also got the opportunity to join Tau Beta Pi this past semester, which is CSU’s chapter of the engineering honors society. This organization connects me with other engineering students within CSU as well as nationally. The past four years have also been filled with a lot of hard work and engineering projects. All of this keeps me pretty busy, but I still love to explore the Fort Collins area when I have the time. Being from Colorado, I love being outdoors so whenever I have the chance, I like to go to the mountains to hike, camp, or spend the weekend away. Luckily CSU is in a perfect location to do all of this and much more. Lastly, there is always something going on at campus from concerts, to football games, intramural tournaments, or just hanging with friends. It is never a question of having too much time but trying to find time to do everything I want to do!
If you have any questions about anything at all please email me, I would be more than happy to help!
Ask me about:
- Mechanical Engineering and my Spanish Minor
- going to school as an in-state student
- living in Academic Village
- all the amazing outdoor activities of Colorado
- Greek life
- Study Abroad
- All of the activities to do at CSU–I would love to tell you more about why I love it so much here!
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