For many students, like Northern Beaches local Zilla Gilmour, the chance to return to some face-to-face classes on campus again is exciting. This September trimester is Gilmour’s first time back on campus since 23rd March when all classes switched to online delivery. “It’s so good that ICMS is easing back into face to face classes. It’s exciting to feel that life is getting back to normal again,” she said.
For the residential students, the partial return of their classmates is especially welcome. Zac McDonald, a first-year Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) is from Gundagai, a small town on the New South Wales/Victoria border. He explained that, “It’s been hard not being able to go home due to travel restrictions. I have stayed on campus the whole time.” Thankfully he has had the company of other residential students like fellow classmate Nathan Wright from Dubbo, also a regional NSW town. Unlike McDonald, Wright has been able to return home for the holidays but he is excited to be back in Manly for the start of the spring term.
Both McDonald and Wright believe that “ICMS has handled things so well” and they are looking forward to the gradual return of face-to-face classes. “It’s just so much easier to interact with your lecturers and other students”, said Wright. “Because our classes are small we are able to build relationships with our lecturers in any case but I am looking forward to asking my questions in person again.”
Understanding that ICMS is committed to providing a COVID-safe campus, the students starting back at campus this term have embraced the safety measures put into place. Hampus Christenson, a student from Sweden, has been living on campus since the start of the year and this is also his first time back at face-to-face classes since 23 March. “I don’t mind following the safety measures, I am just happy that life is getting back to normal slowly.”
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ICMS has opted for a staggered approach to bring students back on campus. Student numbers are limited for now, and online learning will continue as it has since campus was closed earlier this year.
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