Students smile as they walk on the Brenau University historic Gainesville campus between classes on the first day of the 2019 school year, Monday, Aug. 26. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Students smile as they walk on the Brenau University historic Gainesville campus between classes on the first day of the 2019 school year, Monday, Aug. 26. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Students describe first day of the 2019 school year

Aug. 26, 2019
Kathryne Davis

Monday, Aug. 26, marked the first day of classes for the 2019 fall semester at Brenau University, and new and returning students are preparing for the year ahead. A few students shared their experience during their downtime Monday on the historic Gainesville campus.

 

Nikki Carter

Nikki Carter, senior pre-occupational therapy major

 

“So far, so good,” Carter said. “I’m taking a 400 level psychology class. That’s the only class I’ve had today, and so far it seems interesting. I’m pretty excited for the rest of the day.”

 

 

 

 

 

Daniela Santiago

Daniela Santiago, senior acting major

 

“I only had one class so I’m doing great right now,” Santiago said. “I’m graduating in December, so this is my last first day. I feel kind of sad. Being in school for so long, it’s kind of surreal, especially since I’ve spent the entire time at Brenau.”

 

 

 

Ashley Jou

Ashley Jou, senior accounting major

 

 

“It was hectic,” Jou said. “I love being back with all of the students and my friends. I kind of missed going to class after having so many months off during the summer. Coming back into the swing of seeing everyone and going to classes, it was nice.”

 

 

 

Aisa Goforth

Aisa Goforth, junior interior design major

 

 

“It has been fun so far,” Goforth said. “I’ve only had one class. It’s nice being familiar with things. I can kind of get a feel for what’s ahead rather than last semester when everything was new.”

 

 

 

Yixuan "Crystal" Chen and Tianyang "Phil" Xu

Tianyang “Phil” Xu and Yixuan “Crystal” Chen, elementary education majors in the 2+2 program with Brenau and Anhui Normal University

 

“It feels good,” Xu said. “Everyone needs time to get accustomed to the fast pace of classes. It’s a fresh, new year and will be a great semester.”

“It’s pretty good,” Chen said. “I had one class this morning and two more this afternoon. Mondays are busy.”

 

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