Written by Holland Chupek
As the spring season has approached campus and Spring Sing is taking place, this year’s spring semester presents added excitement for many students. After being sent home in the middle of the spring 2020 semester, many students are now experiencing springtime at Harding for the first time in two years.
Last semester, after being sent home from the Harding University in Greece program, junior Jared Bresko said he made the best of his situation in the pandemic while home in Oregon.
“After Zoom class, I would take my dog and drive up to the upper Clackamas River and the snow,” Bresko said. “It was my safe place in a turbulent time … Now, I look forward to moving on from my 1A semester of nursing school and getting to have a formal with my clubs.”
On Searcy’s campus, Spring Sing was coming together when COVID-19 struck. This year, Spring Sing directors have been working hard with their individual social clubs for a do-over.
“I am looking forward to Spring Sing, of course, as well as the pretty days where I can go on bike rides, walks and study with friends,” junior Jasmine Barnes said. “I love that so many people come to visit for Spring Sing.”
Some students who were sent home from the Florence, Italy, campus in 2020 said their short time there created a stronger love for Harding and its spring opportunities.
“I love spring at Harding,” junior Hannah Hood said. “All the warm weather and getting to study outside is awesome. I personally think that everyone is happier in the spring, and I always look forward to that. So many people are getting engaged in the spring and that just makes everything so happy and in a good mood.”
An April 13 questionnaire on the Harding Student Publication’s Instagram account asked followers about their favorite parts of spring on Harding’s campus. Answers ranged from seeing the trees and flowers blooming and enjoying time outside with friends, to participating in various spring sports and activities. The majority of respondents included the beauty of the campus and the community’s ability to enjoy it in their answer.
“Hands down: the beautiful campus and seeing our community enjoy it,” one respondent said.