Hello! My name is Nate Deanda and I’m a junior at Colorado State University studying Civil Engineering. I’ve lived in Colorado my whole life, and my home is in Arvada, just northwest of Denver. Benign an engineering student at CSU for a while now, and I can definitely say that I am in the right place. I’ve had lots of awesome experiences 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 recently joining a group of student ambassadors for the College of Engineering. Being an RA is the best thing I have done in college! I love working with first-year students, and it has been so fulfilling to fill this leadership position for all of my residents. Since I also work for Resident’s Life, 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; and I find every single part of it fascinating.

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. 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. I love going to football games on the weekends to cheer on the Rams. I also enjoy participating in organizations on campus so that I can contribute to something bigger than myself. One faculty members of the College of Engineering 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 people at Colorado State who have become my lifelong friends.

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 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 at CSU! Go Rams!

Email me if you have any questions about:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Residence Life
  • Being an RA
  • Greek Life
  • CSU Band Ensembles
  • Engineering Clubs/Involvement
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Hiking and the Outdoors
  • My Home State of Colorado

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