August 26, 2010
TC3 starts with more students
Enrollment figures up 200 to 4,200 as college classes begin today
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Tompkins Cortland Community College freshman roomates Jamie Urquhart, right, of Sandy Creek, and Maggie Vischer, of Saranac Lake, pick up books Wednesday afternoon at the college’s bookstore. Classes begin today.
DRYDEN — Morgan Allis waited in line Wednesday to apply for financial aid at Tompkins Cortland Community College, joining dozens of other students waiting to speak with staff about aid, academic transcripts and other paperwork for college.
The Ithaca resident had already spent two years at TC3, then transferred to SUNY Brockport for a year, then taken a year off while he thought about his future. A philosophy major, he decided to switch to mechanical engineering, so he will take TC3’s engineering courses to get ready.
“I’ll spend a semester here and then transfer to City College of New York, to get my bachelor’s,” he said. “I liked philosophy, but I didn’t want to be a professor.”
Classes began today at TC3, which has about 200 more full-time equivalent enrollments than last year, bringing the total to 4,200, College President Carl Haynes said.
Around Allis, the hallways of TC3’s main building were filled with young people figuring out their course schedules, buying textbooks at the college store and settling into college life.
Some were from a few hours away, such as Maggie Vischer, 18, from Saranac Lake.
“I came here for a change of scenery, a little diversity, and I have friends at Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland,” said Vischer.
She had just spent $415 on textbooks for English, history, Spanish and psychology, and was waiting for Jamie Urquhart, one of three roommates in her residence hall suite. Urquhart is from Sandy Creek in Jefferson County.
Vischer said she plans to major in general studies for now, while she figures out her major.
Dylan Overbeek, 19, from Ticonderoga in Essex County, said he chose TC3 over SUNY Canton and Fulton-Montgomery Community College near Amsterdam. He plans to major in criminal justice.
He was waiting to enter the campus store, right behind 26-year-old Dave Perry, who lives in Cortland, works for A Pizza and More, and plans to major in chemical dependency counseling.
Roommates Jim Burns, 19, of Union Springs and Noah Mobilis, 18, of Nyack, said they were majoring in general studies because, like Vischer, they were unsure of a career path. They said they were figuring out how to cook in their suite’s kitchen.
“Just basic cooking,” Mobilis said.
Camille Gonzalez, 21, the new student trustee for the college, said she was excited because many freshmen had asked her about joining TC3’s more than 20 clubs and organizations. The Student Advisory Board, the student government, is re-forming with all of last year’s officers gone.
Christian Prophet, 18, from Liverpool said he wanted to get away from the Syracuse area but not too far. He plans to major in business administration and lives at College Suits in Cortlandville.
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