Hello! My name is Nate Deanda and I’m a senior at Colorado State University studying Civil Engineering. I’ve lived in Colorado my whole life, my home being in Arvada, just northwest of Denver. My college experience at CSU has been an amazing one and I can definitely say that I picked the right place to succeed in engineering. I’ve made lots of memories here in Fort Collins that have shaped me both as a student and as an individual—and I absolutely love being a Ram!
My freshman year, I was privileged to live in one of the engineering communities at Academic Village. It was great to live with others who were taking the same classes as me and also had similar interests and aspirations. Studying with other engineering students definitely helped me succeed academically. I was also involved with other organizations on campus such as Greek Life, church groups and campus ministry, and the CSU Marching Band.
Starting my sophomore year I was hired to work as a Resident Assistant for another engineering community at Edwards Hall, in addition to being a student ambassador for the College of Engineering. Being an RA is the best thing I have done in college! I loved working with first-year students and it has been so fulfilling to serve in this leadership position for all of my residents. I was an RA for two years, so I know a lot about living on campus and would be happy to answer your questions about life in the dorms.
CSU has definitely challenged me academically and increased my knowledge on a multitude of subjects associated with civil engineering. Everything from calculus-based physics to computer application has been built into the Civil Engineering curriculum to ensure that students graduate with the knowledge and skills to be a successful engineer. You will take fundamental classes, such as Statics, which will provide you will the base knowledge you’ll need to complete courses in the design of steel and concrete structures. Needless to say, classes are ‘loaded’.
Going to college in my home state of Colorado is absolutely amazing. When I have the time, I go hiking in the nearby Rocky Mountains. There is plenty of hiking available near Fort Collins like Horsetooth Rock, which overlooks the city. Fort Collins is filled with beautiful biking and running trails that stretch across the entire city. And in the winter time, I also enjoy hitting the slopes for some sweet snowboarding! I love being a Colorado native and I couldn’t imagine going to college anywhere else.
The community here at Colorado State is definitely one that I have fallen in love with. On the weekends, I love going to football games to cheer on the Rams. Especially now that we have a new on-campus stadium! I also enjoy participating in organizations on campus so that I can contribute to the greater CSU community. One of the engineering faculty members once told me, “It’s important for engineering students to get out there and have interactions with ‘real’ people who aren’t engineers.” CSU definitely gives all of its students the opportunity to make friends and meet people both inside and outside of engineering. I have met lots of genuine friends at Colorado State who have become part of my lifelong ram family.
This university has done so much for me both as a student and as a human being. College has definitely challenged me to strive for excellence in all things and to give my all in everything I do. Every day at CSU is a new adventure! Not a day goes by where I don’t learn something new or achieve a goal I thought I could never accomplish. I have had an awesome experience here at Colorado State and I am so excited to see what else is in store for me in my senior year at CSU! Go Rams!
Email me if you have any questions about:
- Civil Engineering
- Residence Life and being an RA
- CSU Band Ensembles
- Engineering Clubs/Involvement
- Hiking, Running, and the Outdoors
- My Home State of Colorado
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