College Students, Economic Impacts

Classes begin Monday for Florida A&M University, Florida State University, and Tallahassee Community College.

Students are rushing back to Tallahassee for another semester of college. Some are happy to see them come back; others know from past experience what more students mean for the city.

Amanda Kocher, a student at Florida State, says, "A lot more things open up. There's a lot more traffic as soon as everybody gets back and it's a lot more hectic instead of relaxed."

Melisa Hughes, a student at FAMU, says, "It takes forever to get wherever you need to go, when it usually takes only five minutes it takes longer, so you just have to deal with it."

LT Donaldson with the Tallahassee Police Department says traffic jams and accidents tend to pick up when college students first come back to town, but he does offer some advice when on Tallahassee roadways: "Leave a little earlier and be a little more patient. They are students who are bringing income to the city, we want them here."

Many employers couldn't agree more. Saying college students help increase their business.

Hunter Snow, a local store manager, says, "We make the majority of our money within a very short period of time with the two school periods, the one in August and one in January. That's when we, that's pretty much what makes us or breaks us."

Both employers and students agree the City of Tallahassee changes when thousands of students flood back to college. Store managers say they rely on students to help business during slow periods. They also count on them as employers.