Students reflect on fall semester as break arrives

Jessica Kiehnau

On an average day, students can be seen milling around campus, either on their way to class, the food court or wherever their path takes them. However, once the first hint of fall hits, students seem to get anxious. The promise of the holidays are fast approaching, and with the holidays, one such thing comes to mind: break.

Fall break occurs this year on Thursday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 8. Some students, like sophomore Kreslie Wilson and freshman Tammy Wheeley, said they are excited to finally go home and spend some time with their families from Wayne County, Kentucky, and Westmoreland, Tennessee. Others, like freshman Claire Smith, are planning to use their break to help out those who are less fortunate.

“I’m going down to Atlanta to do some mission work. The organization is a nonprofit called 7 Bridges to Recovery,” Smith said.

The organization’s website states the goal is to end homelessness in Atlanta and eventually beyond.

While students will have to come back to campus, some students are optimistic.

“I mean yeah, I got the friends that I thought I wanted,” Bardstown junior Malerie Boone said.

“I expected that I was going to learn a lot about myself in this stage of my life,” Louisville junior Yvonne Taylor said. “College lets you have some personal growth and learn new skills both in and out of the classroom.”

“It’s nice to see and meet new people on campus,” Smith said. “I’ve gone to school with the same 98 kids for my entire life, so it’s refreshing to see a new perspective here.”

Some students said there are aspects of college they are not going to be excited about coming back.

“I hate going up that hill,” Wilson said. “But I hate trying to park even more.”

“Organization and holding yourself accountable are big ones,” Taylor said.

Classes will be resuming the following Monday, and campus life will return to normal.

Reporter Jessica Kiehnau can be reached at her Twitter @JessKeyno.