For many students, the month of December means studying for finals, wrapping up classes and dreaded holiday shopping.
But for those seniors who graduate on Saturday, this month means the start of a new life, either through a new job, a new school or just a change of pace.
Natalie Gorecki, a senior history major, has been at CSU for four-and-a-half years and already has a job lined up after graduation as a cultural resource management/historic preservationÂ internÂ at F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.
Gorecki will graduate with a 3.96 GPA and credits a lot of her success to her enthusiastic history teachers, who have helped her get involved with historic preservation.
â€œIt is hard with so many students because you feel like youâ€™re just a number and being herded like cattle. But these teachers really just want you to do well. They are passionate about history,â€ Gorecki said.
Gorecki has interned in Cheyenne for the past couple of years, but she starts her new salary job in early January and will be digitizing photographs and managing inventory forms for the baseâ€™s history research.
â€œI didnâ€™t realize I was interested in history until my junior year, when I took a public history course, Gorecki said. â€œThat summer I got an internship at the base. I loved it.â€
Ally Eden, on the other hand, doesnâ€™t plan on entering the work force right away, although she is still glad to finally be graduating after four years.
Eden first enrolled at CSU as an art major and, after realizing it wasnâ€™t for her, switched into her current environmental communications major.
She will be graduating with a 3.9 GPA.
And although she eventually plans on applying to graduate school, her next adventure will begin in February. She will move to Central or South America to serve for 27 months in the Peace Corps.
â€œIâ€™m very excited. Itâ€™s been a long time coming. Iâ€™ve been preparing for this for a long time, and after 20 years of schooling, itâ€™s finally here,â€ Eden said.
Staff writer Sarah Banes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.