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Posted On: Monday, October 6, 2014 03:30 PM, by Maddie Intfen
ELCs Sarah and Maddie hiked and climbed Horsetooth Rock in Fort Collins, CO.
One of the perks of being a based ELC is that you have the opportunity to explore the city and state in which you currently live. ELCs that are based at a university for a year get to learn about the culture and way of life in a new city and state in which they did not grow up or attend college in. With both ELC Sarah Kindscher and I being from Kansas City, we have loved every minute of being at CSU in Fort Collins (FoCo) and learning about the Colorado way of life. Here are the top five things we have learned while living in Colorado:

1.Bicycles rule the road. It's true, you can't drive anywhere around Fort Collins without sharing the road with a biker. Bike racks are located near every public place and on every corner of campus. In fact, so many students at CSU own and ride bikes, that each bike must be registered through CSU!

2.Snow is a real September. Our first day of recruiting the charter members of the Beta Gamma chapter, September 11th was spent outdoors on CSU's campus in 30 degree weather and sleet. While it may not be as chilly now, it won't be long before the snow boots and winter coats are pulled out of the closet again. Typically, the first big snowfall hits Fort Collins around Halloween weekend.

3.Broncos are life. On a typical Sunday afternoon orange and blue can be seen everywhere. Colorado residents are proud of their Broncos and schedule their weekends accordingly. Many travel to Denver each weekend to watch the big game in the Mile High Stadium.

4.Fort Collins is a foodie town. There are so many local and "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants in FoCo. We have never been disappointed from a restaurant that was suggested to us. No matter what food you are in the mood for, Fort Collins will have a place to satisfy your hunger-- especially if you are in the mood for Mexican or Italian cuisine!

5.Fort Collins is an active city. Residents are constantly out-and-about trying new things and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With the mountains just west of the city, students and residents alike take advantage of the mountains to go hiking and biking during their free time. If you are looking for a place to visit with many outdoor activities available for travelers, FoCo is your next vacation destination.

Maddie Intfen, Educational Leadership Consultant, Delta Eta/Kansas State University