Meridian, Miss. It's that time of the year again where many students gear up and get ready for school. For some, school has been in session for a few weeks, but for others like Meridian Community College, classes are just beginning. MCC Vice President Barbara Jones says although the school year is just beginning, it's been in preparation for several months.
"We have had several orientations this summer and we have also tried to get the word out there that Meridian Community College has such a flexibility in their schedule," Jones said.
It's this flexibility in scheduling along with many other personal reasons that drive students to MCC's Campus.
"I came here to MCC in hopes of furthering my education," Freshman Biology Major Jordana Hart said. "This is my first day here and I'm just in shock to be here."
"They have a really good tennis program and I really don't want to give it up just yet," Freshman Architecture Major Reed Casper said. "I want to see if I can make it to the next level."
Jones says for the first time in a fall semester, MCC is offering a Buy one class get one free during night classes. She says it's a way to continue to provide for those as they work towards graduation.
"We have several students especially our night students, some of them work during the day, but they want to complete a degree," Jones said. "That's why we decided to do this in the Fall and the Spring semesters so that it will give them an advantage of trying to complete their degree."
While many are stepping into the college world for the first time, several students say there are things you can learn to make the transition a better experience.
"Stay awake in class, that's pretty much the only thing I can think of other than be prepared when you come to class, come with a clean head, and be ready to work," 3rd Year Civil Engineering Major Austin Braddock said. "I mean this is college, but you still have work, you know."
If you haven't registered for classes at MCC, there is still time. You can do so until the Friday, August 22nd, for both in class and online classes. If you can't get registered by then, there are late start classes available beginning the sixth week of school.