College Students Back in Action

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

A sign at Florida State University says it all: lot full. An estimated 40,000 students are calling Seminole country home this year.

"I'm kind of excited. It's my first year. I'm really looking forward to it, but I really don't know what to think yet," said FSU student Jeff Driscoll.

"Even though I'm not from Tallahassee, this is like my new home. College life is amazing; it truly is," said FSU student Emily Marty.

Close to 12,000 students are arriving back to Florida A&M University, a school ranked number one for African Americans by Black Enterprise Magazine for 2006.

"It feels good to be back on campus and to see everybody, including my old friends. I'm ready to learn, man," said FAMU student Ossie Battle.

Officials with Tallahassee Community College expect an enrollment of close to 13,000 students. More than a thousand of these students will have 100 percent of their tuition paid, thanks to a revision to the Bright Futures Scholarship.

“It's been a great summer. SGA has been planning a lot, so I'm really excited to get into action. How students feel, I don't know. I think there are mixed emotions on campus," said Maite Garcia, TCC student body vice president.

Aside from having to deal with parking, many students say they are glad to be back. In-state students at FAMU and FSU are returning to a three percent increase in tuition as mandated by the Florida Legislature.


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