Hello! My name is Megan Andrade and I am a junior here at CSU, studying Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Business administration. I am originally from Wilton, California which is a small rural town south of Sacramento. I am also a second year Residents Assistant in Corbett Hall on campus, so between living on campus and my position, I have a lot of experience in residence life on campus. I love CSU and the community that not only encompasses the campus, but also Fort Collins as a city. Every day that I am walking to and from class I appreciate the beauty of the campus and how awesome it is to look up at the mountains and see the “A” that I helped to paint earlier in the year as a part of a CSU tradition. I have had such a great and unique experience here at CSU and I intend to make Colorado my permanent home after graduation.

Fort Collins is a great town that makes all of the college students feel welcome. After a big football game victory, the town celebrates with the community. All the businesses surrounding CSU are supportive of the students and any CSU gear earns you an extra big smile or sometimes some stories from past alumni. No matter what you love to do, there is a place for it in downtown Fort Collins, whether it is hiking at Horsetooth, shopping at Ragstock, or just enjoying a book and delicious coffee at the Alleycat—there is never a shortage of things to do.

My freshman year I was lucky enough to live in Academic Village in the engineering residence hall. It is great to live in a hall in which all those that are surrounding you understand the challenges that come with engineering and have common classes with you so it is easy to find someone to study with or work on a tough assignment with. Living in an engineering community also pushed me to strive to always do better, even outside of academics.

I am a member of two engineering societies on campus; Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiCHE). These societies helped me to feel more welcomed into the College of Engineering and allowed me to meet some upperclassmen engineers that were more than happy to share their experiences and advice with me and to tell me a little more about what is in store for me. These societies are also great because they bring in guest presenters that told me more about the jobs that are available to me once I graduate and how to go about getting these jobs; this was immensely helpful for me since I don’t yet have a specific job I am seeking after graduation.

CSU has challenged me academically and granted me the opportunity to learn more about those around me and the different experiences that people have and how that shapes their beliefs and personalities. The classes are academically rigorous, like differential equations and Calculus based Physics, but it is a welcome challenge. On the weekends though I like to take a break from the Calculus and Physics and attend a football game in the fall, or a basketball game in the spring, cheering on my team and singing the fight song with my  friends.

CSU has offered me many opportunities and I am glad that I was granted the chance to attend here because it is a great place to live and a great community that I am proud to be a part of. Go Rams!

Ask me about:

  • Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • My minor in Business Administration
  • Being an out-of-state student
  • Living on campus and being an RA
  • Professional Engineering Societies
  • Things I love about Fort Collins

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