VOX POPULI: NMC resumes fall semester

Northern Marianas College welcomed many of its students this week to its temporary location at Saipan Southern High School. Students were greeted by faculty, staff, and student leaders, who helped distribute school supplies. Some students shared how they felt about returning to classes after Super Typhoon Yutu.

“I am a Project PROA navigator, so I am looking forward to helping and engaging with other students. At Project PROA we provide mentoring and tutoring services so I’m looking forward to helping students get back onto their academic path and to help them reach their academic goals.”
—Angeline Orsini, Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Social Work

“I’m excited that we’re on track toward normalcy at the college. It’s great to see many of my peers again, but I’m also excited for us to move back to NMC’s main campus in As Terlaje.”
—Carriecarmen Pangelinan, Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts

“Besides work and home, I’m really excited to be busy again. It was both a restful and stressful month, so I’m happy that NMC was able to resume its classes again.”
—Claude Cruz, Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice

“It’s exciting to be in the same room as my classmates again. After a month of being apart, it’s great to be back.”
—Derric Conde, Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with an Emphasis in Education

“Prior to the storm, I was on track to graduate this fall so right now I am most excited about earning my associate degree in Liberal Arts.”
—Eligiah Camacho, Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

“This is my first year at NMC and even though the storm hit the college hard, I’m very happy to be around other NMC students again.”
—Frantia Sablan, Associate in Science in Nursing

“I’m eager to get back to my classes and learn more. I’m glad we’re back to finish what we started.”
—Joey Cruz, Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

“Besides my friends and teachers, I am looking forward to my Japanese class because it’s really fun and I’d like to learn more about the Japanese culture and the Japanese language.”
—Margaret Aldan, Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Rehabilitation and Human Services

“I actually missed studying so my classes are what I’m really looking forward to as well as student clubs and activities throughout the remainder of the semester.”
—Minsung Kim, Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

“I get to see all my friends and I missed my teachers too so I’m really excited to see them as well.”
—ReavenJei Cruz, Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts


“Finishing the semester is my primary goal but I’m also looking forward to NMC rebuilding. I’m also thankful that Southern gave us the space to host our classes here for the next two weeks.”
—Stephen Alonzo, Associate in Applied Science in Computer Science

“I’m excited to get to back into classes and get back to our normal schedule. I’m very eager to finish the semester strong despite the many challenges our island is facing.”
—Steven Joseph, Associate in Science in Nursing

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