May 6, 2010
By Rommel McClaney
Oriana Beemer, a spring 2010 graduate, is an Ambassador for the College of Agricultural Sciences and is used to telling people why she loves CSU. She's glad she chose CSU for her undergraduate degree and cannot wait for another four years in the PVM program.
Orian Beemer will continue her education at Colorado State by studying veterinary medicine.
Senior animal sciences major Oriana Beemer loves CSU. You can probably tell because she plans to spend another four years here.
"I will be working over the summer," says Beemer. "..then I start vet school in August as a member of the Professional Veterinary Medicine program Class of 2014 here at CSU."
If her time in vet school is anything like her undergraduate years at CSU, then she is in for four more years of great experiences and fun. Oriana is from Loveland, Colo., and graduated from Mountain View High School. She says CSU felt like home from the very first tour she took of campus.
"It also offered an animal science major and a wide variety of resources for Pre-Vet students. I received a Boettcher Scholarship, so CSU was my number one choice, especially within the state."
Choosing CSU, her major, and graduate school was highly influenced by her life before college. Beemer grew up on a small sheep farm with a variety of animals and her career goal was to become a veterinarian. The animal sciences curriculum fulfilled all of the pre-veterinary requirements.
"The programs placed me within a community of people on campus that would help foster my appreciation for livestock production and science while challenging me to expand my views of animal agriculture."
Beemer has a few favorite memories and favorite professors from her undergrad years on campus.
Remembering back to her freshman year, a few memories stood out for Beemer, like the College of Agricultural Sciences Ram Camp.
Ram Camp is held the weekend before classes start. It is a new student orientation program specifically for the college and introduces students to the traditions of CSU while having a great time meeting new people in their class.
She also attended her first Rocky Mountain Showdown. The Rams beat the Buffs 14-10 at Invesco. Her Introduction to Animal Science (AN101) class would sing the CSU fight song after every football team win.
Dr. Noa Roman-Muniz has been with the Department of Agricultural Sciences as a Extension dairy specialist since 2008. Beemer considers her a top educator in our community and is the best professor she's had at CSU.
"(Muniz) is an outstanding professor who shares her passion for education with her students by making learning enjoyable yet challenging. Not only is she a great instructor, but she also cares deeply about each student on an individual basis.
She has an uncanny ability to identify who is stressed out or hasn't been getting enough sleep the night before coming to her class because she truly cares. She is always glad to say hi when passing in the hallway or even sitting and chatting with anyone who stops by her office."
Beemer also considers business management professor Bill Shuster to be another excellent CSU professor.
"(Shuster) is another professor who cares about his students. He memorized everyone's name by about the second week of class (100 students) and tailored his teaching examples to some of the various majors represented in a Business Administration minor class. He made the course challenging but helped to draw from real world examples to cement the ideas for each student."
To incoming freshman, find your niche on campus. Although we have 26,000 students, if you find a few clubs or activities that you enjoy, your CSU won't feel that big. What I will miss most about undergrad at CSU is all of the people and connections I have made. There are also so many classes I would love to have taken, but never fit into my schedule. (The Fort Collins community), for the most part, readily embraces the University as part of its complex fabric. I love CSU, although there are always areas for improvement, I am so glad I attended undergrad here and cannot wait for another four years in the PVM program.
- Oriana Beemer, Class of 2010, Animal Sciences