The monthlong winter break and Winterm classes are over. Students returned to campus Tuesday morning for the start of the spring semester.
The temperature was about 10 below zero as students streamed out of residence halls and into the student center and academic buildings on the first day of classes. A few undergraduates stopped to talk about their goals for the term ahead.
• Ryan Holleran, a computer engineering major from Kenosha, is hoping to raise his grade-point average from 3.0 to 3.4 and “have a good balance of work and school,” he said. He has a tough class ahead in Signals and Systems, he said, and he also works part time for University Dining Services in the Memorial Student Center.
• Two international students who just arrived on campus from King College in Abha, Saudi Arabia, hope to do well in their English as a second language courses. Mohammad Saeed and Mahdi Alyami also are looking forward to warmer weather in the spring and finding a host family in Menomonie, they said.
• Alissa Miller, a retail merchandising and management major from Neenah, is the new executive producer of Blue Devil Productions, the student-run campus entertainment organization. “Leading a student organization is a new experience for me. It’s fun, and I have to remind myself not to get too stressed out about it,” she said, adding that she expects to work 35 to 40 hours a week while also taking 13 credits.
• Alex Van Ert, a graphic design major from St. Paul, said he “hopes to improve my time management.” He will be working up to 30 hours a week at two jobs at Blue Devil Productions and the Raw Deal and taking a full load of classes, 16 credits. That includes a challenging general education physics course, he said.
• Jacob Lube, an information technology management major from Marshfield, is already thinking about a professional certification test that he will take at the end of the semester. The exam will be part of the final exam in the Multi-Layered Switched Networks course. “It’s a very hard test,” he said, as he picked up his textbooks for the semester.
Students won’t get a break until spring break, the week of March 18. The end of the semester is May 15, four months away.