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CUS has a great campus, and it is getting better every year. The school could be downsized a bit due to the lack of 'personal' interaction you could be getting at a smaller school. I spend the majority of my time in my dorm room or in the library. The largest controversy I have seen on campus this year was when our local newspaper (the Collegian) put *** BUSH as the healine. That raised all hell. There really is a lot of school pride, which is suprising because it isn't that amazing of a school. You don't come across a lot of complaints up here.
So far I have really enjoyed CSU. The campus is nice but parking is death and only continues to get worse! The buildings are not the most aesthetically pleasing but I am not really at school for the aesthetics of the campus. If I could change one thing, it would not be about the school, it would be about the weather. I feel like it is ALWAYS windy in Fort Collins. This makes it very unenjoyable walking or biking to class.
I feel like CSU is too large of a university for people to feel like they are making any substantial changes in their life. Since I have been here, I feel like I have not grown as a person, made any true long lasting friendships or gotten very deeply involved in my subjects. CSU being a large university has contributed to this because a lot of times I feel like it's easy to just sit back and do nothing and not put any effort into anything because no one is watching.
CSU is a very large school with a lot of great people that go to it. I believe some of the classes at this school are definitely too big, but that is the case for most large universities. I think we have a lot of opportunities here though, and our money seems to be spent pretty well. The biggest controversy ever was the **** Bush in our collegian. I don't think it was neccesary to do that, but I was never embarassed to be going to the same school as that. There is a decent amount of school pride, but if I was to change one thing it would be our athletics be better. A large school like this needs to have better athletics, believe it or not that is pretty important to incoming students. I almost did not come here because they weren't the best, but at the time I applied it was a lot better than now. I think it would really increase our school pride.
The first thing I remember thinking about CSU is how big the campus is. It was the biggest campus I looked at when I was applying to colleges. I think that's part of what makes it beautiful. It has the same things other campuses have, but our residence halls are broken up by our football practice field and intermural fields. I remember wondering if I'd get lost. Once you get to the academic part of campus, though, it's not as large as the residence hall part of campus but it's still got "the oval", a large oval-shaped field with huge trees and buildings all around it. The important thing to remember is the campus is huge but there are many different pockets into which you will fit. It seems daunting but I found some of my best friends living in the dorms and I found some of my best study groups in the academic portion of campus. And anywhere you look on campus you'll see something natural and beautiful.
The best part about CSU is all of the campus events. In ASAP we bring sneak peaks of movies and musical groups to campus. Last year we brought Common here for a free concert and we just showed a free sneak peak of Forgetting Sarah Marshall! My favorite place on campus is the Oval. In the spring, the trees are gorgeous and it's so nice to just sit in the grass and relax. The campus is really small to me. It makes it really nice because you see a lot of people you know, but it seems a little closed in and there aren't very many places to wander when you get bored of sitting in the Oval. The biggest recent controversy was over the ASCSU elections. Somebody was bothered that Taylor Smoot and Quinn Girrens won the election by a landslide, so they brought up an appeal saying there were unfair advantages allowed in the campaign. The most frequent complaints I hear are that the business lab in Rockwell 105 degrees no matter the weather outside and similarly, the Clark building is hot in the summer and cold in the winter!
Alyssa SophomoreReviews provided by: Unigo