By Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor
With a lack of COVID-19 restrictions in place from the university, many maskless faces were on display, and the Dell was alive with students on the first day of class at the University of Lynchburg.
Despite the university requiring all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by the start of fall semester, the university is asking all faculty and staff to resume wearing masks and highly encouraging all students to do the same, in light of the Delta Variant.
“I missed the eye contact and being in a school setting. I’ve loved being back,” said Dr. Lindsay Michie, an associate professor of history at the University. “I don’t mind wearing a mask if it means being back in the classroom and teaching,” added Michie.
This year is also a year of fresh starts for the incoming class of 2025. The incoming class kicked off their first week with Convocation and a carnival to get them excited about the first week of classes. “I’ve really liked today, actually. I woke up this morning and was so nervous. I had to force myself to eat something. I was nervous for class but I enjoyed both of my professors and it was nice to see a friend from SOAR [Student Orientation And Registration] in my first class of the day,” said freshman Alyssa Dawson.
Student Government Association (SGA) President, Resident Assistant and senior, Matthew Gillett had an interesting previous year. Like many of his fellow students, Gilllent and his classmates continued their college experience in the middle of a pandemic. However, this semester, he is determined to make things look a little different. “It felt really good to be back in a classroom and see who all is in your classe,” said Gillett. Gillett added that he only had one class on the first day of classes, but he said that he was going to get ahead on student government work.
This may be a semester of adapting to whatever complications may arise, but the first day has been full of promising faces, activities, and positive outlooks on what this semester will bring.
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