New students get a healthy dose of college life
By Sandy Watkins
Enrollment is up about five
percent to 3,442 students with
a rise in traditional freshmen,
according to Sandie Davis, registrar.
Brandy Brownlow, a recent
Coosa High School graduate,
said that adjusting to college “is
a little harder than I expected
and sometimes overwhelming.”
“I think it's pretty fun so far.
It's what I expected,” said Joseph
Reitman, a new student
and general studies major from
Trey Goble, a Chattooga
High School senior who is also a
Post Secondary Option student
attending Georgia Highlands College, said, “I
just love it. I have so much more
Colin Williams, a traditional
student majoring in business
administration from Rome, said,
“Some classes are harder and
some are easier than I thought.
I like the more adaptable schedule
and I have time to do other
Speaking for many returning
students, Cicely McDaniel from
Lyerly, who has been attending
Floyd for about four years, said
that she is particularly feeling
overwhelmed this semester trying
to balance a full-time job with
a full-time class load.
“You'd think that I'd be used
to it by now; but this semester I
just can't get into the swing of it.
Every semester is different and
some are better than others. I
just need to find a routine that
works,” McDaniel said.
Starting a new academic year
is also challenging for faculty,
according to Dr. Ralph Peters,
professor of sociology.
“Each semester brings a new
and different schedule. You never
know what campus you will be on
or if you will have night classes
or both. You just have to get used
to the schedule and balance work
with your personal life,” Peters
To handle the increased enrollment,
the college has hired 13
new faculty, according to the College