Conrad Pomrenke ’13

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Senior Conrad Pomrenke (BFA, Photography, Class of 2013) shares his thoughts about being in the LEAP program.

“The LEAP program has been an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my career. Being a senior at Colorado State University I can say that I have taken plenty of classes and none have been as positively motivating as the ones LEAP offers. I feel prepared for what is to come and I also feel like I have faculty members at CSU that I can come back to and ask questions when I need help. LEAP does a tremendous job of helping students realize their potential and allows a great open-discussion classroom.

The AIR Internship seminar was a real highlight for me. With a lot of classes it feels like you go through a routine of homework and assignments and the typical lecturing that all college students expect nowadays. I wasn’t sure what I would be getting into when I registered for the internship class, but I was quickly surprised by what I was presented with.

The class was small, but had quite the energy from the start and with the curriculum used, I found myself quickly involving myself in the discussion. Collaboration has always been an important thought process in my mind, but I didn’t get a chance to practice it in real world scenarios until this class and that is one of the most important things I think that I gained from my experience with the internship class. My biggest fears with collaboration was whether or not people might think my ideas weren’t contributive, but again I felt safe sharing how I felt with the way the class was facilitated and organized.

While I have had an idea of what I want to do in my post-college life, I found a new sense of zeal in this class that made me want to try and accomplish more than what I originally set out to do with my life. Second to my previous importance, I found putting together a career plan the most interesting and challenging part of the class. It broadened my scope on career choices and gave me a practical way to describe and implement what I want to do.”

~by Katie Rothstein