ECU first day of class brings first day jitters

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Starting off a new year at a new school takes more than just new notebooks and new pens, it also takes guts.

“I’m a first-generation college student,” said ECU Student Amelia Hernandez

“It’s a big move for me,” said ECU student Fortune Foreman

More than 28,000 students are back on ECU’s campus for the start of the new year.

Both Hernandez and Foreman are already jumping hurdles.

“It’s difficult because, like, I have a sense of responsibility that, like, if I fail, I fail everybody else,” said Hernandez

Fortune is a transfer student.

“Even though it’s, like, big it’s, like, 28,000 students, so it was just nice, the change,” he said of moving.

Hernandez said it’s not like high school where they baby you. And with all the added pressure from home, she got butterflies.

“Yea, I was very nervous. But as I stepped foot in my first class, that kind of helped me. And yea, I’m looking forward to the rest of the semester. Hopefully, things turn out great,” she said.

Fortune hopes he can make a fresh start in a place closer home.

“I have met some new people so that was a good thing for me,” he said, adding that even if finding his way around is hard. “I used, like, Google to help me around but that messed me up some. I made a wrong turn and my class was actually right there.”

Now that his first day is behind him, Fortune hopes to join the theatre department.

“ECU is a great school,” exclaimed Foreman.

Amelia said she’s already made a lot of friends.

“Go Pirates,” exclaimed Hernandez.

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