HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - William Carey students and faculty are back in class on the Hattiesburg campus. This is the first time class has been held there since last month's tornado ripped through.
A campus that was filled with only construction workers and disaster recovery crews for the past month is now seeing another, more familiar, buzz of activity. Students and faculty are back and working to get in the swing of things again.
Freshman and Biloxi native Sydnee Harbison is ready to put this chaotic chapter of college behind her and get back to normal life.
"I've missed it. I've really missed school. We've all missed each other. We've all missed being here and learning and all our teachers, too. Because, we have connections with our teachers. It's a small campus, so everybody knows each other," Harbison said.
The uncertainty and angst didn't stop with the students. Dr. Marsha Newman's future seemed up in the air about a month ago.
"That was the big question. I didn't know how we were going to continue," said Newman.
The university did continue and just in time for its next trimester. Some students weren't expecting this much of a bounce back so quickly. To see the campus transformed from the damage had them a little uneasy.
"I've gotten used to it. It's all getting different now, and it's jarring, I'd say," said freshman Josh Sands.
Jarring, but a welcome return to life post-tornado.
"Coming back to the first day of a new trimester was a great relief," said Newman.
Even though these students and professors are back in school, they can't help but notice all the scars that remain.
"It's kind of sad that we have to see this every day, but time heals everything," said Harbison.
Students and faculty say the university will continue to march forward.
"I guess that's what we do best here. We just do keep going," said Newman.
Several classes are still being held online and off campus at churches and USM.