How CSU professors are here for you through uncertain times

Even in the best of times, we know how challenging it is to research colleges and programs. There’s no easy way to say it: We’re in totally new territory — and we’re guessing you are, too. We want you to know that we’re still here for you in so many ways, and your counselors are ready to chat and help you in any way you need.

For now, though? Here’s some advice, tips, and uplifting words from CSU’s professors to students who are adapting to learning online full time. One thing that will never change at CSU is the way our campus community pulls together when things get rocky. Whether you’re in the same boat or not, we’re certain you’ll enjoy getting to know our professors better.

Melissa Burt headshotWe look forward to connecting with you in this virtual space. We are here to support you, and please remember that this is new for many of us, so let’s be creative, be kind, be safe, and be flexible. -Melissa Burt, Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering

Michael Humphrey headshotI know this is going to be difficult, but I think the formula is kind of simple: Let’s just stick together; let’s keep reaching out. I have a feeling that in the end, we’re going to proud of the way we handled this. -Michael Humphrey, Journalism and Media Communication

nicole dufalla headshotWe really miss you here in Fort Collins! Know that all of us faculty and staff are here for you one hundred percent. Feel free to reach out to us if you need anything. We’re trying to make the most of this semester online, and we know it’s not ideal, but remember there are perks to remote learning, like wearing “business” on top, and PJs on the bottom! -Nicole Dufalla, Construction Management

neil grigg headshotI know we’re going to get through this and emerge stronger. There’s strength in adversity, and I think we’re going to see CSU pull us through this, and we’re going to do great. Hang in there! -Neil Grigg, Civil and Environmental Engineering

jason quinn headshotI want everybody to know that we’re here for you, and if you need something, all you need to do is reach out; the same way I know you’ll be there for us if we reach out to you. We’re going to finish the semester strong. Rams take care of Rams, so please let us know if you need something. -Jason Quinn, Mechanical Engineering

Karan Venayagamoorthy headshotI wanted to let you know that I’m thinking about you all during this time and I want to reassure you that we will do our best to support you. I want to encourage you to stay safe, strong, compassionate, and creative during this time. You are all very special to us. -Karan Venayagamoorthy, Civil and Environmental Engineering

anthony marchese headshotI know that one of the reasons you chose CSU was because of the community, and I know how difficult it is for us to be apart from each other. Please know that we’re here for you, and in the meantime, do whatever can you to help society out. Stay strong and we’ll be back and ready to go as soon as possible. -Anthony Marchese, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Barry Braun headshotWith your help, with your kindness, with your patience we will get this done. Will it be perfect? No. Will it be pretty? Not always. But we will continue to deliver a high-class education that you can be proud of? Absolutely. Take care of each other, be flexible, and we will get through this. See you again soon! -Barry Braun, Health and Exercise Science

jennifer worrell headshotI want to encourage you with a saying: In all labor, there is profit. Some of you have been working really hard toward graduation or an event or an athletic competition, and it’s not going to happen the way you thought. You have not wasted your time or your energy. And, it may not appear like it right now, but one day you’re going to get to see the profit of your labors. And we’re here cheering you on. -Jennifer Worrell, Design and Merchandising

jennifer aberle headshotA lot has changed over the past couple of weeks, but let me assure you that what has not changed and what is quite certain is our dedication and commitment to you. We are so very proud of you and happy to walk alongside you right now! -Jennifer Aberle, Human Development and Family Studies

Prairie Smallwood

Prairie Smallwood is a writer and content creator for the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. She is passionate about education and exploration, and knows that going to college can be both an adventure and an overwhelming experience. She aims to create content that helps students through that journey — the wonderful, the scary, and everything in between.