August 19, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The fall semester commenced at John A. Logan College Wednesday as hundreds of students passed through the halls en route to their appointed classrooms. Some were sophomores who knew exactly where they were going. Others were incoming freshmen who didn’t know B wing from the E wing.

Karaline Jones of Ava said she is beginning her second year at Logan.

“I’m taking mostly general studies right now, but eventually, I plan to go into nursing,” she said. “I’m excited to be back. My first year here was everything I hoped it would be. It was a very successful year. This year, I might get a little more involved with an organization on campus if I can find something that fits me.”

Logan Whitfield is a native of Henderson, Ky., but moved to the Lake of Egypt a few months ago.

“This is my first semester here,” he said. “I plan to major in computer engineering with a minor in graphic design.”

Whitfield said he has only heard “good things” about Logan and that his mother recommended he enroll.

“She thought it would be the perfect school for me to start out at, so I’m here,” he said. “I’m the first kid in the family to go to college. I have two younger sisters and one younger brother.”

Isabella Klarer of Makanda is also a first-year student.

A graduate of Carbondale High School, Klarer said she plans to study video game design and will then transfer to a four-year school next year or the year after.

“I’ve already met some friends going to school here,” she said.

On Wednesday, Klarer was getting acquainted with the school with a helping hand from her grandmother, Rose May, a JALC employee.

Meanna Carter of Carbondale is originally from Chicago.

“I’m just a part-time student here this fall, because I am also taking classes at SIU,” she said. “The classes I have here are microeconomics, earth science and sign language. I guess you could say it’s kind of an exciting day. My plan is to work toward my four-year degree at SIU.”

Joe Hines, coordinator of student recruitment at Logan, said he is overseeing 22 student ambassadors this school year. All were busy Wednesday helping students find their way around the school.



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