My name is Emily Strack and I am a sophomore 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.

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 sports 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.

My freshman year at CSU reassured me that I definitely made the right decisions. I became a part of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Greek Life. Both organizations allowed me to meet new people and become involved more with the community through volunteering. SWE allows me to interact more with fellow engineers and also be able to learn from the upperclassmen. I decided to not live in the Academic Village Engineering dorms, 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 their free tutors and study hours, but living with non-engineering students helped me grow more as a person and helped me realize that Computer Engineering was the perfect path for me. I am excited for what this new year has to offer and continue my passions as an engineer.

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. 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!

Please feel free to email me if you have questions about:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Going to school out of state
  • 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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