First Week of Classes Heat Up UNO
Students reflect on their first week back
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 21:09
Students had a hot first week back at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
“Literally, it’s been so freaking hot I can’t think anything else,” said Evan Knight, a senior English major.
With temperatures ranging from the early 90s and peaking just over 100 degrees, students have found themselves catching an extra chance at a tan in the ten-minute walks between classes. UNO student Dillon Grossman seemed to agree.
“I think it sucks that it was so hot this week … by the time I get to class after walking across campus, it's like I just went running,” Grossman said.
The long walk cross-campus was also a topic of conversation for Sam Langston, a freshman. He managed to keep a smile on his face even with a heavy black medical boot on his right foot.
“My first class is in Durham, and I have to bust my butt to get to class in the Arts and Science Hall in just ten minutes.”
Langston did mention the benefits that might have helped keep a smile on his face in such heated times. “I’m liking all my classes and teachers, and there’s no homework so far, so that’s a good thing,” Langston said.
Other freshmen also kept positive attitudes regarding the heat and focused on the changes they will be facing in the coming year.
“It’s been a transition from high school,” Maritza Estrada said. “It’s a new a chapter and I’m excited about it.”
Fellow freshman, Meghan Porter also noted the transition. “It’s a big difference not knowing what to expect from classes and adjusting to the class sizes,” she added.
Joslyn Metcalf, a junior biotechnology major, seemed to have a firmer grasp on what to expect, and was more than prepared for the opening week of school.
“I’m just adjusting from summer to fall, trying to keep up with it all,” she said. “I have a routine down, going to the library and studying after every class or even reviewing before my next class.”
Imad Al-Bulushi was also prepared for the heavy coursework as the semester progresses. As a freshman in chemical engineering, Al-Bulushi will be taking 19 credit hours this semester as a challenge for himself.
“I was formerly a junior in my previous major and switched, so now I’m just trying to catch up with my friends.”
When the heat of the week was mentioned by a passing student, Al-Bulushi and his friend Yaqdhan Alsharji, a freshman in Architectural Engineering, just shrugged, smiling as they exchanged glances.
“We came from a very hot place,” said Al-Bulushi. “In Oman, it gets up to 120 degrees there.”
Another UNO student who was sweating the workload more than the heat was Ty Seimers, a senior in environmental science who chose his major because “somebody has to take care of the planet.” For Ty, this major means a total of 170 hours to be eligible for a bachelor’s degree.
“Just two classes make up ten credit hours,” he explained. But to Ty, whose age sets him apart from the majority of his classmates, it is well worth it. “I came from Colorado and had a kickass job there, but my heart was with biology.” He shrugged and added with a smile, “I’m a little bit of a tree hugger.”
Not even 99 degree weather could keep UNO students from smiling. While parking, the heat and the transition from class to class were all noted, as every single student pronounced that courses and professors were all to their liking and looked forward to the new year. Whether students were getting their foot in the door at UNO or taking that first step out, most were pleased to be back on campus and making progress towards their long-term goals.