10:30 Monday August 21 Fort Collins, Colorado Setting (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Setting (open) Setting (close) Fort Collins is a Home Rule Municipality in and the county seat of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, Fort Collins is located 65 miles (105 km) north of the State Capitol in Denver. With a 2012 estimated population of 148,612, it is the fourth most populous city in Colorado after Aurora, Colorado Springs and Denver.Fort Collins is a midsize college city, home to Colorado State University. It was named Money magazine's Best Place to live in the U.S. in 2006, No. 2 in 2008, and No. 6 in 2010. It is also known as one of the towns that inspired the design of Main Street, U.S.A. inside the main entrance of the many 'Disneyland'-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. Colorado State University (also referred to as Colorado State and CSU) is a public research university located in Fort Collins, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The current enrollment is approximately 30,700 students, including resident and non-resident instruction students. The university has approximately 1,540 faculty members in eight colleges and 55 academic departments. Bachelor's degrees are offered in 65 fields of study, with Master's degrees in 55 fields. Colorado State confers doctoral degrees in 40 fields of study, in addition to a professional degree in veterinary medicine. In 2012, CSU's research expenditures were $340 million—ranking second in the nation for public universities without a medical school. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sara Chalfon had lived in the state of Colorado for most of her life, but had only lived in the city of Fort Collins for the last month. She had found an affordable apartment, within walking distance to campus, and moved what little possessions she had before she found a job selling electronics at the local Sears in the city’s only mall. She had made a few friends through work, though she didn’t count any of them close. It was her hope to make a few real friends once the semester began. Sara felt she was still getting her bearings when the first day of classes arrived. She had purchased her books the Friday before, using her scholarship account, though work and back-to-school house parties had kept her from getting a jump-start on her studies. After her first morning class, Sara was regretting, ever so slightly, that she had not spent any time familiarizing herself with the lessons. Now, at the Quad, Sara was sitting upon the grass, under a tree, her C++ book opened to the middle of the first chapter, while she picked at the garden salad which she had bought from the school’s cantina. Her straight black hair cascaded over her face as she split her attention between the text book and her lunch.