College students returning to HSU

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ARCATA, Calif. (KIEM)- Last year, the HSU campus was a ghost town due to the pandemic forcing students to stay home.

This year, you’ll see a lot more foot traffic on campus.

Students from across the country were on campus moving into their dorms and getting ready to start their journey at Humboldt State.

Students were excited to be on campus after the unusual school year they just had.

“Last year with online school, I hated it. I’m excited to be here,” said first year student, Spencer Mize. “I’m really glad, even though mask policy came back a couple of weeks ago in California, I’m very glad to be able to move in on campus, be in a dorm you know just to do you know activities around here and all that.”   

The university was also excited to see lots of new faces on campus.

“This is the place where all of their dreams begin for generational change,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management Dr. Jason Meriwether. “So, Humboldt State and all of us are excited to welcome everyone here today.”     

As you know, the COVID cases in Humboldt County have skyrocketed the past few weeks, but it seems like the students and the university aren’t too worried about that.

“I’m going to stay optimistic and look at the glass as half full,” said returning student Emily Salciccia. “It’s all going to work out the way it’s supposed to.”

Donyet King, Senior Director of Housing and Residents Life, added, “I’m not worried. I think that our campus is doing a really amazing job at putting things into place to keep our campus and our community safe.”

Even though many of the large on campus events have been canceled due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases, there are still lots of things students can do to get the college experience in a safe way.

“We’ve got our student activities center where we are going to see a lot more opportunity for engaging with each other,” said King. “So, we’ve got some games going there, we’ve got a pool table, a ping pong table all these kinds of things. Opening places up a bit more to hopefully get students engaged in a true student union.”      

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