SUMMER IN COMO: Back to school at MU

Saturday, August 25, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. CDT

Editor's note: Missourian reporter Pavan Vangipuram has embarked on a venture to showcase the ways that summer is spent in Columbia. A videographer, Pavan plans to cover picnics and concerts, day camps, swim meets and more. The purpose is to reveal how the range of activities mirrors the diverse interests in the community.

COLUMBIA — Thousands of students descended upon Columbia last week to begin their fall semester. They brought with them hopes, dreams and fears as they embarked on a new year of fun and study.

Abigail Auner, 18, is a freshman at MU studying psychology. She said she was nervous and excited for the journey ahead of her and that she loves the MU campus, particularly the architecture.

"The first week has been really hectic, but I'm getting used to it," she said. "It's sort of overwhelming at first, but it gets easier as time goes on."

Josh Bristow, 19, a sophomore studying electrical engineering, advised freshmen to adopt good study habits from the beginning.

"Read the information before class, especially if it's a difficult class," he said. "That way, the teacher can back up what you already knew, and if you have any questions, it'll be a lot easier to understand."

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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