Photos by Leisa thompson
The first day of classes on Aug. 30 brought an undeniable energy back to the Ann Arbor campus. And at no place was that more evident than on the Diag. For the first time in nearly 18 months, students populated the pedestrian crossroads—meeting, greeting, eating, and generally having a great time.
To provide a glimpse of that day, Michigan Alum spent time over the course of 12 hours recording the comings and goings. And we saw it all, from first-year students looking just a bit lost to old friends giving each other a big hug. From skateboarders, bikers, and dog walkers to runners and slack liners. Those playing frisbee and those playing chess. We even saw a famous athletic coach passing out doughnuts.
The common theme among the students we talked to was delight at being back on campus and able to interact again in person rather than through a screen.