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Students return back to school post-Hurricane Michael

By Ila Wilborn | Content Supervisor
On October 16, 2018

A home after Hurricane Michael hit Tallahassee.
Ila Wilborn | The FAMUAN

Florida A&M students are getting back into the swing of things after an unforeseen break from school due to Hurricane Michael.

The university released a statement Monday, Oct. 8, closing the university’s  main campus in Tallahassee, FAMU DRS, the FAMU Educational Research Center for Child Development and the Crestview campus for the remainder of the week.

Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle at speeds of 155 mph, in what Governor Rick Scott coined as “the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen.”

Just 1 nph short of a Category 5 hurricane, the high wind speeds from Michael caused massive power outages throughout the Leon County area.

“The lack of resources we had definitely affected my productivity,” Azjani Sprinkles, a senior biology major, said.

While the break brought hardships for those without power, it also brought four free school days for FAMU students. “I used most of my free time to get back on track with my work,” said junior business administration major Jade Fryer.

The break was much needed for some students after a week of distractions during the prior week of annual homecoming festivities. “Homecoming week took a lot of hours of sleep from me, but the hurricane break fixed that,” said Fryer.

Denai Johnson, a junior business administration major, says that her professors have been reasonable with class schedules. “A lot of things were pushed back out of consideration,” Johnson said.

With seven weeks left until final exams, Lance McWright Green, a freshman, said, “everything is moving a little bit faster.” Similarly, Johnson explains how assignment due dates seem to keep piling up. “The followings weeks of the semester will be filled with cramming in a lot of information for a lot of different classes,” she said.

The end of the semester is steadily approaching and it is up to the students’ own discretion to ensure all work is completed by the deadlines assigned.

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