Meridian Star

Local News

August 17, 2006

College students navigate first day of fall semester

One day down.

But even though she’s now a seasoned veteran of Meridian Community College, sophomore Frances Kelly found her first day of classes this semester a bit taxing.

“It’s been a long day, but my teachers seem nice” said Kelly, 19, a dorm student from West Point, after finishing her third class Thursday.

Then it was time to wait in line at the campus security office to have her photo taken for a new student I.D. card. Textbook purchases, however, might have to be put on hold for a day or so.

“I wasn’t able to buy my books today because I didn’t have enough money,” she said.

All in all, Kelly — who hopes to transfer to Jackson State University as an accounting major next year — was satisfied with the start of the semester at MCC, and anxiously awaited the arrival of her new roommate.

Perhaps MCC freshman Amy Rodgers, who was spotted toting her Rottweiler puppy, Belle, found the secret to feeling most at home during the stress of registration.

“My mom said if I went to MCC, she’d pay for my next two years of college,” said Rodgers, 18, of Tanglewood, who hopes to become a physical therapist.

MCC, Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus, East Central Community College in Decatur, and the Scooba campus of East Mississippi Community College, all kicked off the fall semester on Thursday.

Enrollment at MCC stood at 3,700 students by late Thursday, already up by 200 from the tally of registered students a year ago, said Dianne Walton, associate dean for enrollment services.

Students have until Sept. 1 to complete late registration, although online classes have a sign-up deadline of 3 p.m. today, Walton said.

“Our part-time students are historically late in registering,” Walton explained. “They get their own children in school, and then they begin to think about themselves.”

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