Alcorn freshmen start their college journey

Move in day was both prideful and fearful for the Pollard family. On one hand, they were happy to see their daughter and Alcorn State University freshman and nursing major Keyonna make her own path. On the other hand, leaving her on her own stirred some emotions.

“I’m sad and a little scared that she’s leaving home. But I’m also excited about her new venture in life,” said Meska Pollard, Keyanna’s mom.

“I’m happy that she’s stepping out on her own,” said Andrew Pollard, Keyonna’s stepfather. “She’s 18, so it’s a good time for her to gain her independence.”

Keyonna and her family were among a tone of families on campus to help their children move into their residence halls on Friday, August 22. Alcorn State University cheerleaders welcomed the class of 2018 with cheers while spelling out the school’s name with big purple letters.

Memphis, Tenn. native Alexandria Adams came to Alcorn State University on a full scholarship. The future nursing major is eager to start her years as a college student.

“I’m excited about this new journey. I can’t wait to meet new people, experience different things and being out on my own,” said Alexandria.

Alexandria’s mom, Angela, feels that her daughter will have a successful four years as a college student. She feels that Alexandria is in good hands.

“This is bitter sweet, but it is an amazing experience. We feel that she will be taken care of here. We’re excited about the possible opportunities here,” said Angela.

Taylor Hughes came all the way from Arizona to start her college career. Taylor, who will be a part of the softball team, is happy to gain her freedom.

“I’m looking forward to doing a little bit of whatever I want. I can’t wait to make new friends and learn new stuff,” said Taylor.

Kelly Hughes, Taylor’s mom, had a hard time seeing her daughter leave the nest.

“It’s pretty difficult to let her go. She’s my little girl,” said Kelly.

Child development major and Hattiesburg, Miss. native Jocelynn Hibler was attracted to the welcoming personalities of everyone on campus.

“I picked this school because it has a family environment. I visited the school before and I fell in love with it,” said Jocelynn.

Maurice Hibler, Jocelynn’s dad, echoed her feelings toward the people on campus.

“It’s hard to let her go. But we have faith that she will be ok. Everyone here is really nice. We really like the staff here and I’m confident that this is the place for her,” said Maurice.

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