Spring semester check-in: How do the students feel?


Photo courtesy of Jenelle Johnson.

Students work inside of the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation, West Haven.

Saige Batza, Student Life Editor

The spring semester is in full swing at the University of New Haven. While many students feel prepared and ready to conquer the work ahead of them, others are reluctant to return to campus and feeling unsure about what lies ahead.

Students at the university shared their opinions about returning to campus after the winter break. With the campus climate constantly changing, the university has returned to green COVID-19 status.

Ava Robertson, a freshman music industry major, said she feels optimistic about the spring semester. “I’m really enjoying my classes so far. My goals are to make the Dean’s List and [to] make more friends.”

Shahd Omar, a junior criminal justice major, also said she is looking forward to the spring semester. “I’m excited to make new memories with my amazing friends and bettering myself this semester.”

One of Shahd’s goals is to get into law school after she graduates next year. “Hopefully this is one of my best semesters on campus for me and all of my fellow Chargers.”

Although many are feeling well adjusted to the spring semester, other students are questioning their ability to succeed.

Students sitting outside of Bergami Hall, West Haven. (Photo courtesy of Lismarie Pabon.)

Adrielys Gomez, a behavioral economics major, said she is already feeling the weight of her workload this semester.

“I feel like other factors may be making it a bit more difficult for me; as a first-generation college student, the date of my graduation is slowly but surely approaching. And that brings along its own questions,” Gomez said.

“Am I expected to work automatically? Will I be able to find a job that fits my needs? I can see that it won’t be easy, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be impossible,” Gomez said. “I have to be able to push away my negative thoughts, and focus on my academic goals, that will get me to the finish line.”

For those feeling anxious or unprepared, there are resources at the university that are willing to help, such as the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to ease the transition back to campus.