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Student, professor opinions on cancellation of first days of spring classes

Adin Parks
Students walk past the Preston Center in the below-freezing temperatures on Jan. 15, 2024.

In light of the winter weather, WKU students and professors share opinions about the first two days of the spring semester being canceled.

Mia Reynolds, freshman psychology and criminology student, spoke on the matter with positive thoughts. 

“I think this time is necessary for everyone to get back into their routines after [the] holidays and spend time with friends that we haven’t seen in a while,” Reynolds said. 

Reynolds was excited about the opportunity to bond with the other girls on her residence hall floor and have the time to simply watch movies. 

Veronica Jones, freshman medical lab science major, also spoke positively about the cancellation. 

“I am really thankful that classes were canceled in this weather. No one wants to start a new semester in freezing cold weather, “ Jones said.

Alternatively, Lydia Rose, sophomore hospitality management and dietetics and nutrition student, spoke about the boredom that she has dealt with after being on campus for a week. “I’m just ready to start classes and get into my routine,” Rose said. 

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Kevin Williams, chemistry professor and department chair, explained how the pandemic in 2020 allowed him to be prepared when it comes to disruptions.

Through recording videos that would be accessible through Blackboard, his students would be able to have highlights of what would have been covered on the opening days of classes.

“I’ll need a little bit of extra time on our first in-person day to answer questions, but overall, I don’t expect a major impact on my class,” Williams said. 

Marcus Brooks, assistant professor of sociology and criminology, offered some insight into how relationships are built during the first week of classes and the impact that the cancellations could have. 

“I appreciate, and agree with, the university’s decision to cancel the first class[es] of the semester as the safety of faculty, and students should always be top of mind,” Brooks said.

Brooks added concern on the fact that a lot of important groundwork is created during the first week of classes along with the fact that relationships can be formed with professors and other students during the beginning of the semester.

“I definitely plan to find some space in the schedule to give me and my students the opportunity to get to know each other, even if it means I need to move some other things around,” Brooks said. 

News Reporter Kaylee Hawkins can be reached at [email protected]


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