This week marks the beginning of a new semester at Indiana State University, but campus made sure to make all incoming and returning students alike feel welcomed back.

On Saturday, ISU hosted the HMSU takeover–an event where various floors of the Hulman Memorial Student Union welcome students to learn about their organizations and resources–and the Party on the Patio in student lot 10 behind the Sycamore Towers. WZIS provided the music for the event of games, food, and socializing with other students.

Most first year students expressed excitement regarding this semester and the overall school year, though they also conveyed worries of the year being cut short.

Pip, a first year student at ISU, was enthusiastic about the upcoming year, and also added the common sentiment, “I just don’t want to go home [because of the pandemic].”

Returning students shared similar feelings, though those who had been on campus in the Spring 2020 semester have shared that they feel somewhat prepared for any major changes.

Grayson, a third year student, commented, “I feel like this is gonna be a really good year with some positive opportunities, new things, and hopefully restrictions being lifted.” When asked about the current situation, he added, “I work in ResLife, so it’s like anything changes at any second, so you kinda have to learn to adapt. I’m prepared for anything but hoping for the best.”

One returning sophomore, who asked to remain unnamed for this publication, said, “I feel cautiously optimistic about this year.”

That was not the end of the fun. Monday, ISU also hosted the Student Involvement Fair on the quad behind Dreiser Hall, which is still currently under construction. Once again, WZIS provided music for the event, which saw students visiting various organizations on campus to learn more about the activities and ways to be involved during their college experience.