January 26, 2011
by Paul Miller
Transition to college life can be tough, but stuffed animals, soft blankets, photos of weirdly proportioned dogs, and sundry trinkets are just some of the things students bring to campus to remind them of home.
Rachel Goold, a junior double-major in international studies and political science, brought Big Bear with her from her home in Littleton. Goold, who is a resident assistant, or R.A., in the Academic Village, says she’s had Big Bear since the day she was born – a friend of her mother got it for her.
“I brought him with me on the day I started at CSU. He’s such a comfort, and still in great shape after all these years.”
Goold was born in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, and moved to Littleton with her family when she was six years old. Her birthplace was named for wild mustang grapes prevalent in the area, and its founding in the mid-1800s gave rise to the city’s motto: “Aged to Perfection” – just like her favorite bear.
Sydney Hammerness, a first-year engineering student, brought a true security blanket to campus with her. The soft afghan was made for Hammerness by her grandmother, Delma Cradic, as a gift for Hammerness’ graduation from high school in June.
The afghan now covers her bed in the engineering wing of Academic Village, and she’s happy to be wrapped in it this winter – her hometown of Imperial, Calif., a handful of miles north of the Mexico border, doesn’t get all that cold in the winter. In fact, she chose CSU because of the change in climate, not to mention CSU’s solid reputation in engineering.
“My afghan keeps my spirits up,” she says. “It’s so nice to know my family looks after me.”
This story first appeared in the Winter 2010-2011 issue of Colorado State Magazine.