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Undergrads reflect on first week of classes

Jim Ferlmann | Friday, August 28, 2009

As the school year kicks off, some students report tough classes while others enjoy the relatively easy workload during the first week.

Catherine Russell, a sophomore, said the first week of classes went great.

“I have a few teachers that I already really like. I’m a new Business major, so it’s like a new world for me,” she said. “There are some classes that are a lot harder than I thought they were going to be.”

She said her schedule is centered on requirements.

“I’m taking four Business requirements and Italian and Theology, which is a requirement too.”

Some students said they try to take advantage of the light workload to get acclimated to their classes.

“During introductory week, you just take it easy and get your feet wet,” said Ryan Ripp, a senior Finance major. “An easy second semester would be ideal, because four of the five classes I’m taking now are requirements. Hopefully I can cruise into graduation with some easier electives.”

Christina McClain, a senior English major, said her first week of classes started off well.

“Senior Seminar is a little daunting, but other than that, everything else is good,” she said.

Anthony Conklin, a junior English major, said he always tries to strike a balance between electives and requirements when forming his schedule

“I have five required electives in my major along with the general requirements,” Conklin said. “I’m taking my last lecture requirement and all of my major electives as well. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the year.”

Renae Barilar, a senior Business and Italian double-major, said after three years, she is used to the routine of the first week of classes.

“It’s going to be a hard semester but I’m excited for it and I like all of my professors,” she said. “I’m getting close to graduation now so I have all required classes. Next semester, I’m going to a have a lot more leeway in what I take.”