August 18, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Today marked the start of a new school year on the John A. Logan College campus. Upwards of 6,000 students are enrolled in classes altogether.

Stephen Taylor is a sophomore from Marion.

“It helps that I’ve been through this before and kind of know what to expect, but it’s still exciting to see old friends from my high school here on campus,” Taylor said. “Last year, everything was new and I didn’t know my way around. This year, I have a much better grip on things. I know what I need to be ready for.”

Taylor spent part of his summer serving an ecology internship. He will spend part of this fall semester as a student worker in the Office of College Relations and also helping his fellow students as a member of the Lifesavers Club.

“The idea is to help anyone who may be struggling with classes or personal problems as they transition to college life,” Taylor said.

Taylor, who is pulling 14 credit hours this fall semester, plans to complete his Associate of Science degree next spring and transfer to St. Louis University next fall.

Cody Mifflin is a freshman from Murphysboro, enrolled in five classes totaling 15 credit hours.

“My first class was at 8 this morning, so I had to make myself get up early and get to class on time,” he said. “What I like best is the fact that I only have to be here three days a week.”

A student ambassador, Mifflin said his older siblings, Lindsey and Cale, formerly attended Logan. Both spoke highly of their experience.

“From what I’ve been told, Logan is one of the best junior colleges in the state to attend, so I’m looking forward to the school year,” he said.

Mifflin said he has plans to teach English after completing his formal education.

Another first-year student is freshman Christina Cruz of Carterville. She is enrolled in four classes totaling 12 credit hours this fall.

“When my father (Jesus) recently passed, it simply made more sense for me to stay close to home and spend more time with my mother (Maria), at least this first year of school,” she said. “Eventually, I would like to transfer to SIU-Edwardsville and pursue a degree in counseling. I would like to be a school counselor someday.”

Cruz said she is the first of seven children to attend Logan.

“Even though I live here in town, I wasn’t all that familiar with the school, but hope to learn as I go,” she said.

Click here to see President Dr. Dreith's Welcome Back to JALC speech.