Although many of their older counterparts seem to dread the beginning of the second semester, for the most-recent crop of freshman at Michigan State University, the second-half is a time to shine.
For freshman like Jeremy Barnum, a political science and criminal justice major, the second semester as an exercise in familiarity.
“I already know what’s going on and how things run around here and I can get things done easier, more efficiently,” Barnum said. “I know the shortest ways to get to buildings on campus, so I can save time.”
Barnum also believes this ease and familiarity will carry him through to the end of the year, despite a slightly heavier course-load.
Jeremy Pollard, an animal science freshman, also notes a feeling of ease in his second semester at MSU, aided by his strengthened knowledge of campus itself.
“I think I got it down and I know where everything is,” Pollard said. “The bus route’s a bit better, so everything’s going well.”
Pollard also notes no real hesitance toward his 16 credits of class-time – a marked increase from the 12 he took last semester. But despite the more-intense course-load, Pollard blames his inexperience with scheduling protocols as an incoming freshman for his unintended lighter course load.
“I missed some due-dates,” Pollard said. “I wanted to take more, but I couldn’t.”
But even with the scheduling snafu, combined with the pandemonium of being an incoming freshman, Pollard has learned to embrace MSU.
“I really like the campus, the people are really nice and the professors are pretty good,” Pollard said.