Students Return to Campus for First Day of Spring Semester

January 23, 2014

First day of Classes

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The campus was filled with excitement as Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi welcomed new and returning students to the first day of the spring semester on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Students came back from the winter break ready to start their new classes.

“My first class was public speaking, and it was really exciting,” said Skyler McDaniel, a sophomore Environmental Science major. “I feel like I am going to learn a lot about myself and how to communicate with people.”

Haivu Bui, a freshman Biomedical Science major, feels that his professors are helping to prepare him for future challenges.

“My biology professor teaches us to search for solutions on our own,” said Bui. “He teaches us how to be independent and have the right mindset, which will prepare us for the semester.”

And, some students look forward to reconnecting with other Islanders on campus.

“I am happy to be back because I am able to see my friends again, but I am nervous,” said Rhiannon Cleetus, a Biomedical Science major. “I know that I will have to work hard to get good grades and I am ready for the challenge.”

Bui and Cleetus are part of the Island University’s First-Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP), an innovative nationally-recognized program which helps students to make successful academic and social transitions from high school to the University. The program has been awarded a Texas Higher Education Star Award by the Texas Higher Education Board. The FYLCP was the only first-year student program to win a Star Award. The University was also selected as one of 13 "Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year" by the Brevard College Policy Center on the First-Year of College.