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Aidan Lewis always dreamed of becoming an astronaut but wasn’t declared when he got to Colorado State University.
“I have a lot of interests, which is a blessing and a curse,” said Lewis. Although he loves science, he was also drawn to English, foreign languages, and philosophy, but eventually chose neuroscience.
“Neuroscience is a very cool mix; it has a solid scientific foundation, but it can also combine with philosophy, spirituality and a variety of other disciplines, so it seemed like a really good way to go – and as Phillip Quirk (Director of Neuroscience at CSU) says, “Neuroscience is everything. ‘“
That was true for Lewis throughout his student days, for example when he had to hold a human brain in functional neuroanatomy. “We learned the essentials of who we are – and it was surreal to realize that I hold all the experiences from a person’s entire life in my hands.”
Lewis, an honors student and recipient of the Willard O. Eddy Legacy Fund Scholarship, grew up in Longmont, Colorado and attended Silver Creek High School. He had a challenging time as a teenager and wasn’t proud of who he was until his junior year in high school.
“Something has changed for me and I saw my potential in being someone in this world who can do good,” said Lewis. “So I used my college experience to realize my full potential as a student and as a person.”
At CSU, Lewis served as a student ambassador, assisted the Choose CSU program and worked as a resident assistant.
“When I got to college I had no idea what I was doing, so I love helping other students find tools to be successful and pursue what makes them smile,” said Lewis.
“Aidan was an outstanding student and will be missed,” said Noreen Reist, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. “He was always 100% involved with the classroom materials, asked thoughtful questions, always smiled and had a great sense of humor.”
“Aidan’s a modern renaissance man,” said Quirk. “He is not only academically gifted, but also an artist, poet and philosopher who feels most comfortable at the intersection of several disciplines – I have no doubt that Aidan will be pushing boundaries in the years to come.”
Lewis celebrated his graduation from CSU with a one-way ticket to San Diego, where he wants to enjoy the ocean and think about his next steps.
“So many people at CSU made my college experience wonderful, and I’m really grateful for that,” said Lewis. “I’m not sure what will happen next, but I know it will be great.”