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Sleepy students start first day of spring classes at UHV, VC

By KBell
Jan. 17, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 16, 2012 at 7:17 p.m.

Parking was a challenge as students returned to school at Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria on Tuesday. Students circled the parking lots in the hopes of finding an open spot relatively near classrooms.

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If they were groggy, it was hard to tell.

Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria campuses were bustling Tuesday morning, with backpack-laden students scrambling to the first day of spring classes.

"It's painful, tiring and I don't like getting up at 8 a.m.," said VC senior Chris Mosby. "Over the break ... I could sleep in until noon or 2 p.m." before going to work, he added.

Mosby was actually up at 6 a.m., he said, to make his way through traffic to a campus of cars zig-zagging in search of a parking space.

Campus is always crowded on the first day of classes, Mosby and his friends said, with students getting last-minute books and trying to make it to class with time to spare.

Tabitha Segovia, an 18-year-old freshman at UHV, said despite the apparent activity, the first day of the semester moves in "slow-mo," and classes are usually bogged down by introductions and syllabus review.

Not that she'd know firsthand. Sevogia was eating lunch with her friend in Jaguar Hall on Tuesday, just before her first class of the day - at 1 p.m.

She may have rigged her schedule so she can sleep in, but that didn't mean her lunch partner had the same luxury.

"We went to bed late, and I had to get up early," Jamie Connoly, a 21-year-old freshman at UHV, said, while nudging her friend.

The two pals were proof of what students said was the perk of coming back to school - catching up with friends.

Both women went home for the Christmas break - Segovia to Dallas and Connolly all the way to England.

Talking to friends is a part about being back in a lively dormitory and campus, they said, even though they never lost touch over break.

That was a point even the surly Mosby could agree with. Learning new things and seeing friends nearly drown out the hated alarm clocks, Mosby mentioned before heading to a table of cookies and coffee.

The sweets station set up by VC staff seemed to lessen the blow of the first day of classes. So did several information centers scattered about VC campus, which offered students directions to class, a bottle of water and bags of chips or crackers.

The well-rested Segovia offered another benefit to beginning another semester of classes.

"I suppose it's a step closer to finishing school," she said.

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