Getting oriented

MCC sessions offer window on college world

Clinton native Malik Nguyen was one of 100 new students at Meridian Community College on Friday getting his fall academic schedule in place as the college hosted its third orientation session this summer.

But it wasn’t his first visit to MCC; earlier this year he came to campus as a potential athlete, but an injury sidelined him from participating in sports. That didn’t stop him though from choosing MCC. “I like the way the campus is. The faculty and staff are friendly and helpful, so I decided to come here to college,” the incoming freshman said.

A marketing and management major, Nguyen plans to earn his degree at MCC and continue his studies at the University of New Orleans.

Rising sophomore Chelsi Ricks, a nursing student from Lena who is a member of the College’s Ivy League student recruiting team, told orientation students and their parents that after participating in an initial tour at MCC, “I felt like it was home here.”

Seeing the world of MCC is an essential part of orientation, said MCC Director of Recruiting Brandon Dewease. And the best way to get a head-start on college life is to participate in an orientation session where students (and parents) can get familiar, involved, registered and even get their campus ID cards before the Aug. 19 start of fall term 2019.

All new students must attend orientation, Dewease said, but there’s more to it. “This is a new student's opportunity to get acclimated to our campus, understand more about campus life, meet new people,” he said.

Meridian Community College will host its next orientation sessions on Friday, June 28, and July 26. To learn more about MCC orientation or to register for an upcoming orientation session, contact Dewease at 601-481-1340. Or, go to

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