RAPIDES PARISH, La.(KALB News Channel 5)- The parking lots are filling, and students are back on campus. Freshmen at LSU Alexandria and Louisiana College had their first day of school on Monday morning.
News Channel 5's Brittany Bedi visited both schools to see how the first day of college was treating local students.
Freshmen began their day searching for classes, catching up with old friends, and meeting new friends. LSUA Freshman, Mark Robinson, showed excitement when discussing the upcoming school year.
Robinson said, "I'm really excited. I mean, LSUA is making a lot of tremendous changes, just with the athletic program,as well as some of the activities on campus. I've been all around today, just, excited, just to see everything that's going on. You feel, that warm and family-like feeling."
Some students say they are optimistic about the upcoming school year and academics. LSUA freshman, Mark Robinson said, "Main thing I'm looking forward to is the sports activities, and also, just getting a chance to interact, fellowship, let people know who I am, and let people know the greatness that is college and this community. I mean, it's a real good place to be, and also be an honor roll student."
Louisiana College students gathered in their student center and cafeteria to meet with friends and share first impressions of the school. Freshman Dustin Brown shared his enthusiasm about LC by saying, "I love it, I absolutely love it. I play baseball, met a lot of baseball players, freshmen in particular. and we're just getting to know each other really good."
Though it's only the beginning of the semester, students like LC freshman, Domonique Williams, are getting a head start on keeping their grades up. Williams said, "We didn't really do anything today, but we saw what we were gonna be in for, so the thing that, just in my case, was to make my study groups now."
School will continue through the rest of the week, before a three-day weekend, in observance of Labor Day.