Sessions aim to prepare students for fall semester
IRONTON -- Taylor Carter of Milton is looking for a second chance at college.
The Cabell Midland High School graduate didn't make it when she tried to go to West Virginia University.
"I heard great things about Ohio University Southern from some friends," Carter said Friday.
"I plan to go to the Proctorville Center and major in business management.
Carter was among 45 students attending the first of six orientation sessions planned at the Southern campus in Ironton prior to the start of the fall semester Aug. 25.
"I can transfer some credits," Carter said. "This is a second chance for me. I've matured."
She went about registering for classes and getting her college schedule Friday as part of the orientation session. "I've already gotten financial aid."
Several parents also attended the orientation session.
While the students were registering for classes, parents were given information about issues including safety on campus.
Teresa Davidson of South Point, Ohio, is getting ready to have her fourth child head off to college.
"It's been hard," she said. "I've cried and cried. I want her to be on her own and do her best and reach her potential."
Jame Finley of Franklin Furnace, Ohio, said her daughter, Elizabeth, the valedictorian at Green High School, plans to take nursing classes at Ohio University Southern for four years.
"We're single parents," Finley said.
"We've always been protective. Now it's time for her to go off on her own. The hardest part is letting go."
Jacob Barber, an Ironton High School graduate, plans to get a two-year associate degree in electronic media at the Ironton campus.
"The orientation session has been helpful," Barber said. "I think I'm ready for college. We all have to take this step at some point."
The orientation sessions let students and parents know what to expect when fall semester classes start, said Nicole Pennington who will take over as the Southern campus dean on July 1.
"We have a good mix of traditional and non-traditional students," Pennington said. "We'll expect to have more than 2,000 students.
"We want them to get an associate degree or a bachelor's degree. We want them to know we have advisers and tutoring sessions.
"We want them to know about the resources we have to make them successful."
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