ARCATA- Many students on the North Coast were back in class for the first day of school on Monday. HSU was also back in session, with its new president at the helm.
President Lisa Rossbacher is currently working to develop a new strategic plan. The plan is focused on enhancing academic programs, athletics and facilities at the school, while making sure school funds are spent as efficiently as possible.
Preliminary numbers show enrollment is at 8,400 students this year, up from about 8,100 a year ago. There is also a record number of freshman anticipated to attend this year, with a total of about 1,400 students. News Channel 3 spoke with some HSU students about their thoughts on the first day of school.
"It's the first day of everything for me because I just moved up here, so, it's like acclimating to the weather, figuring out where your classes are. I guess, just like trying to be like, 'Okay, I guess this is how every Monday is going to be for the rest of the year, or the semester at least," said Adrienne Sontag-Murphy, an undeclared freshman who is from Berkeley.
"It's kind of like craziness all around but it's so exciting. More than anything, I love the first day of school always," said Gabriela Garcia, a senior majoring in psychology.
"It's kind of a love/hate relationship. It's really fun because you don't really know what you're getting yourself into so it's kind of a good and bad thing. You could have a really great teacher, you could have a really horrible teacher. So I'm kind of excited but a little nervous at the same time," said Jason Norris, a senior majoring in marine biology.
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