Photo Essay: Students share thoughts on the first week of school

St. Thomas University's George Martin Hall is seen in this photograph in Fredericton, N.B. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022. (Aaron Sousa/AQ)

With the full return of in-person classes at St. Thomas University, the first week could be considered a new experience for both new and returning students.

The Aquinian’s photo editor, Daniel Salas, spoke with several students about their best experiences of their first week and their planned achievements for the end of the year.

Sebastian Rubi is a third year student from Honduras studying business and economics at St. Thomas University. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“My first week of classes was extremely great, I got to meet new professors. They were super helpful.” 

“My expectations are to have a 4.2 GPA at the end of the school year.”

Daniel Calvo is a third year student from Honduras who recently moved to St. Thomas University (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“My first week of school has been well, my professors are very helpful, I like my courses.”

“My expectations for the end of the school year are to have a perfect score in every single course.”

Javier Avila is a first year student from Mexico who recently moved to Fredericton and started living alone. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“My first week of school has been good so far, I’ve had the chance to meet so many new people, I’m adapting to living alone.”

“My expectations for the end of the semester are getting good grades in all my classes.”

Diana Castillo is a second year student from Honduras majoring in international relations and communications. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“My first week of school has allowed me to meet a lot of new people., I like the new vibe of the whole back to in person classes and I want to have good grades by the end of the year.”

Alberto Chavez is a second year student from Ecuador majoring in economics and environmental studies. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“My first week of school has been awesome. I’ve met a lot of new people. People here are amazing and super great and I want to have better grades for this semester and just to be more involved in campus activities and be with people.”

Isabella Baralt is a third year student from Venezuela who is majoring in communications and public policy and international relations. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“This week has been amazing. It was so much fun to meet new people — all the first-year students and meet my professors and read through the syllabus. I think it’s going to be a great year.”

 “And for the school year I expect to have great grades and meet new people.”

Maggie Geardine is a fourth year student doing an honours in political science. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“My first week of school was busy. I’m currently doing two jobs on top of going to classes and completing honors, so it’s been a busy last three days but I’m hopeful and optimistic.”

“I’m hoping with this mix trying to balance and not take too many difficult courses, I’ll have some good marks for the whole semester while I’m applying to law school. I want to keep my GPA as high as possible to get in.”

Stevie DeMerchant is a fourth year student doing an honors in criminology with a minor in native studies and history. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“The first week has been absolutely amazing. I will admit that I did lose my voice for two days after cheer off but it was well worth it — shout out to Vanier for the win.”

“My expectations for this year are to broaden the understanding of reconciliation on campus and to expand the Student’s Reconciliation Committee.”

Ana Canarte is a third year student from Colombia majoring in human rights and journalism. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“This first week of classes was really cool. I really missed having classes and seeing my friends as well. I’m really excited because right now, I’m going into third year.”

“My expectation for this semester is to figure out what I want to do probably when I graduate, because I want to see the route that I want to take.”

Erica Kingston is a first year student at St. Thomas University. (Daniel Salas/AQ)

“My first week is good. I’ve met some awesome people and I have enjoyed most of my classes so far, so I’m very excited to see how the rest of the year goes. I’m hoping to have good grades and hopefully I will meet more friends and feel connections in my classes.”