GGC welcomes nearly 13,000 for fall semester

Students walking around campus

The campus of Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) came alive today as nearly 13,000 students arrived for the first day of fall semester classes. 

The incoming class of new students is one of GGC’s largest, and numbers about 500 more than fall 2018’s new students.

One of those new students is Maleah Jordan, a freshman who graduated from Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett County. She said she was excited to join family and friends attending GGC.

“The campus is very diverse and everyone is so nice and open. They come up to you and are very helpful,” Jordan said, recounting how she and another student were assisted by others when they had trouble finding their way around campus this morning. 

GGC is Jordan’s first step in her pursuit of a degree that will launch her dietitian career. She recently completed the culinary arts program at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville and plans to ultimately obtain a bachelor’s degree in family consumer science at the University of Georgia. She enrolled at GGC because of its affordability and convenient location. Spending her first two years at GGC will allow her to save money by living at home where she can tend to family responsibilities, and keep her close to her part-time job.

Kieran Fagan, ’22, had similar reasons for attending GGC. The Loganville High School graduate works almost full time and is able to save money by commuting from his home. He is working toward his bachelor’s degree in information technology with a concentration in systems and security. He said he is looking forward to taking more advanced courses in his discipline this year.

Jennifer Dias, ’22, a Meadow Creek High School graduate, said she is hoping to begin networking professionally and obtain an internship to support her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing concentration.

Both Dias and Fagan had advice for new students about how to make the most of their college experience. 

“Don’t be shy,” Dias said. “Be more involved and meet new people.”

“Be sure you go to class,” Fagan said. “Don’t be afraid to interact with your professors.”

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