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Student stories

Carlos Morales

Carlos Morales

Architectural engineering major from Olathe, KS

Choosing K-State

When I was choosing colleges, one of things that stood out to me was the fact that people at K-State cared. I got accepted to two other universities and took campus tours, but when I came to K-State I was more than just a number. They actually took the time to get to know me and learn what I was all about. K-State not only cares about the students here, but the students also care about the university.

First-generation college student

My family and I moved from Mexico to Olathe when I was in the seventh grade, and it has been amazing just realizing where we have come from and where we are today. When I got my acceptance letter to K-State, I was overwhelmed because being the first person in my family to go to college was a huge deal. And today, my little brother talks about me all the time, and I’m happy that he looks up to me. 

K-State family

Being a part of the K-State family means more than I can honestly express. Here, I have found my second family. When I go home I see my friends, parents and my little brother. But when I come back to K-State, I don’t have a sense of emptiness because I have people around me who care about me, and I also care about them.

Residence hall life

I’ve had the fortune of living in the same residence hall on the same floor for the last two years. We don’t just have a community but a sense of family here. We all go out to dinner on Sundays. We help each other with homework and support each other with whatever else is going on in someone’s life.

Choosing a major

Since I was little, I have always been fascinated with structures and always had a feeling that I wanted to create my own house or help create buildings that I could look at and say, "that’s my building." Once I got into high school, I was able to see that the engineering aspect of architecture was more challenging. I love challenges; so naturally, architectural engineering was what I wanted to do.

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