College Prep Key to Success

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The 2004-2005 freshmen class of Meridian Community College is getting ready for the fall semester.

To help alleviate some of those fears, Meridian Community College hosted freshman orientation Tuesday.

"It gives the freshmen the opportunity to see the campus and to also see some of the things we offer here," said recruiter Jason Jones. "Student services, campus life, so they know what to get involved with besides academics once the come here."

Adjusting to college life can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Officials say making new friends and becoming more involved with student activities can often help one cope with the changes.

"Nobody is standing over you forcing you to get involved. It's up to you whether you get involved or not, and how involved you get is clearly up to your own motivation," Jones said.

And while an active social life can help students through their first year, it can often be a pitfall. At the college level, students typically need to be more responsible with their time and study habits.

"Probably studying. College is a lot different from high school and you have to make your own study habits," said incoming freshman, John Smith.

"I think better work habits and work ethics. You have to work harder and be on time," said Emily Bryan, also a freshman at MCC.