By Hayden Cogswell
Coby Petau is a current senior hailing from Highlands Ranch, Colo. He’s on the Colorado College men’s lacrosse team and is an environmental science major. I sat down with him to talk about his unique plans for after college.
Hayden Cogswell: Tell me a little bit about growing up in Highlands Ranch.
Coby Petau: I have five brothers and one sister. Three of those brothers are firefighters. My dad was a firefighter. My grandpa had some land south of Denver, and I grew up on five acres. We got to live our own separate life outside of a suburb and were constantly doing stuff outside like riding bikes and doing our own thing.
HC: What are your plans for after CC?
CP: Like I said, a bunch of my family are firefighters, so I want to do the same. I just got my EMT last summer. I finished that certification and the goal for my whole life has been to be a firefighter and do structured firefighting. I want to work for a department, you know, do the EMS licensed stuff and put out residential fires. It’s just been a calling I’ve had my whole life, it helps my dad and my brothers have done it, but no other job has resonated like that with me, so I’m putting all my eggs in that basket really.
HC: How has your time at CC helped you with that dream?
CP: Playing lacrosse and being with the guys all the time and giving ourselves a hard time is really indicative of a firehouse, so being a part of that brotherhood and that camaraderie throughout my years at CC has helped me foster and grow that camaraderie that the fire service has. Also, the Block Plan is very stressful, and so is being a firefighter — going on calls with people dying or in danger of dying. They’re different kinds of stress, but CC has really helped me on how to thrive in stressful situations.
HC: How has being on the team impacted your four years at CC?
CP: It’s been really great being on the team, and I definitely enjoyed it and the guys having the excitement on game days and literally laughing while playing sometimes because I was just having so much fun. I love the guys on the team and they’re my brothers, so that’s for sure the best part of playing is the community you build with the guys.
HC: What’s your best moment looking back being on the team?
CP: Best moment was beating Williams College my freshmen and sophomore year. Those were pretty big moments for the program.
HC: Why did you choose to come to CC?
CP: I wanted to play college ball for four years, and it’s really a great institution. I appreciate that I could come to a school like this and be able to play lacrosse at the same time. I don’t think a lot of people get the opportunity to go to a good school like this, so I really jumped at the chance. I get to play college lacrosse at a really high level and come out of it with a really great degree, so I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that.
HC: Any plans after college to leave Colorado?
CP: No plans; I love it out here and never want to leave. If something takes me out east or somewhere else I might go, but I’m rooted in getting a structure fire job in the Denver Metro Area and just living my life out like that, having fun with the guys and doing that.
HC: What do you like to do in your free time?
CP: I like to mountain bike, fish, and play lacrosse. I like to be outside and be active I don’t really play video games or watch too much T.V., so a lot of my time is spent outside and that’s where I find my most enjoyment.
HC: What’s an interesting fact about yourself?
CP: I have one kidney. So, when I was born, my kidneys didn’t form completely so I just have one big kidney in my lower back. It’s pretty dangerous sometimes when I play, but as long as I’m careful I’m fine.