REFLECTING ON FALL 2020


Campus Life // March 2, 2021

NATALIE VALENTINE

SENIOR  //  SALEM, VIRGINIA

Going into the semester, everyone was unsure what FHU would be like. While things were very different, we were still able to have a great semester that brought a sense of normalcy after months of quarantine. We were able to have social club events, intramurals and even in-person classes. Although the way we did things changed, the people and atmosphere at Freed remained the same. COVID changed a lot of things, but it didn’t stop us from having a good semester. I think it’s safe to say that the extra rules and regulations were a small price to pay if it meant we got to be back on campus with each other. I was just grateful to be here.

 

 

RYAN HODGES

SENIOR  //  HENDERSON, TENNESSEE

A lot of events were taken away this semester at FHU due to the circumstances we are in. However, while events were taken away, the things that make Freed-Hardeman University what it truly is were not. Spiritual lives were grown, life-long friendships were made, and memories were made. Nothing will take away FHU’s ability to provide those things year in and year out.

 

 

DEMETRIA REEVES

SENIOR  //  HOHENWALD, TENNESSEE

As a senior this year, I am especially grateful for being back on campus. I am so glad that they found ways for us to safely do many of our normal campus activities, like social club events and devos. I am also thankful that I am still getting to do in-person classes and practicums, so that I can still take advantage of the opportunities to grow academically at Freed-Hardeman. There have definitely been changes, but it is just good to be back again.

 

 

CASSIDY SHRADER

SENIOR  //  COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE

My final fall semester as an undergraduate at Freed-Hardeman University, along with other seniors across the country, was far different than the previous semesters, to say the least. Although it consisted of masks, social distancing, and an abundance of students quarantined, I am just thankful I got to experience the closest thing to normalcy for my final fall semester. I was an Interface coordinator for the incoming freshmen and transfer students and only got to see a small glimpse of just how hard the administration was working over the summer to plan a semester like none other. My partner and I worked alongside Tony Allen over numerous Zoom calls and group text messages during the summer, usually ending with Mr. Allen exiting the call just to attend several other virtual meetings with other FHU administration members. FHU had a peak of COVID cases halfway through the semester, which led to cancelling intramural games, social club activities, and most in-person classes at the time. Compared to other universities across the country, I soon realized how fortunate the student body was to have the opportunity to continue in-person classes once the spreading declined. After an abrupt end to my junior year at FHU in March and a fall semester that was in question at first, I am so thankful to be a part of a university that constantly strives to put students first and is constantly creating an atmosphere that feels like home.

 

 

SUZANNA GRADY

SENIOR  //  MURRAY, KENTUCKY

This past semester began with a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety for many students, including myself. Given the circumstances, we weren’t sure how our education or social lives were going to be moving forward. Reflecting on this past semester, I am so grateful that I attend FHU. The faculty and staff went above and beyond trying to make our semester as normal as possible, while also keeping our student body safe and healthy. I’m glad we were able to stay in-person for class and participate in club/campus activities for the majority of the semester. We as a student body are fortunate to have a campus that understands not only our educational needs but our spiritual and social needs, as well!

 

 

DANIEL ENGLAND

SOPHOMORE  //  BEMISS, GEORGIA

This past fall at Freed Hardeman was just like any other with the exception of the glaringly obvious global pandemic. With socially distanced Makin’ Music practices and individually packed lunches, there certainly were some changes. One thing that did not change, however, was the attitude of the student body. COVID-19 might have changed a lot of things but it didn’t change our love for each other and Freed Hardeman University.

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