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Shepherd students reflect on their return to campus and collegiate futures

January 25, 2019
Thomas Girod - For the Chronicle , Shepherdstown Chronicle

SHEPHERDSTOWN It was a Friday afternoon, on Jan. 18 in the Rams Den at Shepherd University. Classes were drawing to their end, and, with the three-day weekend right around the corner, students were breathing a sigh of relief.

The Shepherdstown Chronicle sat down with some of these students to discuss their first week, past first-weeks and future at the university.

"My first week was super stressful but I'm getting through," said Matt Hoffman, a senior at the university. Hoffman is majoring in communications and is in his final semester.

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Kendall Jordan, Jr., a sports management major and outfielder for Shepherd’s baseball team, wishes for a simple semester with improvements across the board. Thomas Girod

According to Hoffman, he's ready to transition out of college, and regrets not getting the opportunity to experience everything Shepherd has to offer yet.

"Before I leave here, it'd be interesting to visit the observatory on top of the library," Hoffman said. "I've never been and it seems cool."

Kendall Jordan, Jr., a sports management major and outfielder for Shepherd's baseball team, wishes for a simple semester with improvements across the board.

"This first week I knew what to expect, but there's still some adjustment and stress. Two things I'd love to do by the end of the semester: to finish this season off strong and to pass with a 3.5 GPA," Jordan said, before relaxing into his chair and mentioning his hope to see the World Series before graduating.

"I know I'll have more time now while I'm in school, even though this is busy enough," he said.

For environmental science major Caitlyn Rice, this semester is her busiest one yet, as she is taking 19 credits of courses, while working three separate jobs. Finding time within this schedule for herself is difficult, Rice said, mentioning she would "definitely want to free up some time on the job side of things. Just two would be nice."

For fellow high-achiever and sophomore history major Kelsey Cooke, this semester is another opportunity for her to achieve some of her career goals at Shepherd.

"This first week has gone better than the others. Even though I got a cold already, I am excited to meet all my new professors, like Dr. Merz. I want to make the Dean's List again and finish up every gen-ed course, so I can transition into my career," Cooke said, mentioning she began her sophomore year with an internship with the National Parks Services under her belt. "I guess success comes with a little bit of experience."

Sophomore political science major Brendan Bottner finished up his lunch, while discussing his lack of complaints for how the semester is starting.

"Nothing has really changed and that's really good," Bottner said, mentioning he wants to take a road trip to visit the parts of the country he has not seen. "Alaska was my personal favorite and I'm eager to take the trip before I graduate."



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