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Students warm up to a new semester

It was nine degrees in Radford Wednesday morning, but the frigid temperatures outside on the second day of classes didn't put a freeze on students' excitement for the spring semester.

For senior psychology major Lindsay Santoro, the cold weather was "a little much," but she was excited about getting into classes, preparing for graduation in May and getting a jump on looking for a job.

"I just want to do well in my classes and graduate in my major and look for jobs this semester," said the Gainesville native, who wants to work in pharmaceutical sales. "I'd like to have a job by the time I graduate so I can essentially leave school and go straight into a job."

Freshman Emily Malone of Chesapeake said she had a great time hanging out with friends and family over winter break, but said she is happy to be back on campus and is looking forward to being more active this semester.

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Students heading to class through the snow on the first day of the semester.

"I want to be more involved on campus and join clubs," said Malone, who has yet to declare a major.

James Price of Wakefield is looking forward to delving into his major, sports administration, and to taking business and biology classes.

"I know it's going to be tough, but it seems interesting," Price said of his class schedule. "It seems like a pretty interesting semester."

Less interesting to Price, however, is the snow and Arctic-like temperatures outside.

"I hate cold weather," he said. "I'm ready for spring."

Jan 22, 2014