Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
Though it’s not yet the end of the fall semester, Meridian Community College students are registering now for the next term, Spring 2013.
“I wanted to beat the rush so I could get the classes I wanted,” said MCC freshman Haley Parker, 19, of Meridian. Studying in the college’s University Transfer Program and an Honors College student, Parker aspires to become a geneticist.
Also planning to study in the medical field, Jared Lewis, 19, of Meridian, has registered for his classes in the spring. “I like to take classes in the morning … I don’t like evening classes,” he said.
College officials said there are many advantages to registering now before the end of this semester – which is Dec. 14.
“There are more classes available and the lines are shorter,” said Deanna Smith, director of advising and retention.
“College students who plan ahead tend to have the greatest success, and having a schedule in place for the opening of the spring semester is a good idea for returning students,” said Barbara Jones, vice president for operations.
“Taking the time to sit down with an advisor and follow a plan that leads to successful completion at MCC or transfer to a university will enable a student to set goals and be on track for a successful future,” she added.
And for some who register before Dec. 14, there may be an additional perk. Students who have holds on their accounts of up to $75 will be able to secure their classes for the spring term. The dollar amount is a nod to the college’s 75th anniversary.
"We do not want any obstacles to stand in their way, and giving students more time to pay a small fine and still be ready to begin classes on Jan. 7 is like a gift to our students," Jones said. "MCC is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and part of our prolonged success as an institution is the support we provide for students.”
To find out more about registering for Spring classes, which begin Monday, Jan. 7, at MCC, contact MCC at 601-483-8241 or call 1-800-MCC-THE-1.