My name is Emily Strack and I am a junior studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. The day I stepped onto Colorado State University, I knew this was the place for me. I am from Sacramento, California and came to CSU on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) scholarship. CSU gave me a sense of belonging and I am lucky to have Fort Collins as my second home and have been able to experience, learn, and explore what Fort Collins and Colorado has to offer me.
CSU is a community within a community. All of the staff and students support each other and it is so easy to make friends from all different fields of study. When we have football games or events on campus, our community expands throughout Fort Collins. Families come out and support our teams and get involved with the school, bringing the whole city together. It is such an amazing feeling to be a part of a school where I feel welcomed and at home, but also being a part of the Fort Collins community.
Each year I’ve spent at CSU, I fall more in love with the school. My freshman year, I joined Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) and Greek Life through my sorority, Chi Omega. Both organizations have allowed me to meet new people and opened more opportunities for me. WECE allows me to interact with women in my major outside of the classroom and being able to learn from older students. Greek Life has brought me friends for a lifetime and allows me to become more involved with the community by volunteering and working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I decided to not live in the Academic Village Engineering residence hall my freshman year, but instead had a random roommate and lived with people completely different from me and I loved it. I spent a lot of long nights at Academic Village and took advantage of all of the free tutoring and study hours throughout the week, but living with non-engineering students helped me personally to grow while also helping me to realize that Computer Engineering was the perfect path for me. My sophomore year, I helped design a wireless device charger with two of my fellow classmates. It was the first time outside of labs I was able to put together the knowledge I have learned through my classes to design a project. I was also elected into an officer role to serve my sorority. It has been one of the best experiences that I could have had at CSU and it taught me more about myself and my leadership skills than I could have ever imagined.
CSU has pushed me to my limits and challenged me academically. I am thankful for the lifelong friendships I have made here and for the professors who continued to work with me until I completely understood the material being taught. Besides being an engineer, I enjoy hiking at Horsetooth (or anywhere in Colorado because it’s beautiful no matter where you go), skiing, playing IM sports, or just hanging out with friends. CSU has a place for everyone and I am so lucky to have found my place here!
If you have any questions please feel free to email me! Email me if you have questions about:
- Computer Engineering
- Going to school as an out-of-state student
- Greek Life
- Living in a Non-Engineering Residence Hall
- Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship
- Outdoor Activities in Colorado
- Why I love CSU
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