Incoming Pensacola State College soccer players Maddie Motes and Sidney Roest have already familiarized themselves with the practice pitch on the Pensacola campus.
On Tuesday, April 11, Motes and Roest learned more about the non-soccer aspects of PSC.
The recent Pace High School graduates were two of about 30 incoming PSC students who attended a Pirate Path New Student Orientation on the Pensacola campus. Registration is now open for both the summer and fall semesters.
PSC recruiters, advisers, and representatives from financial aid, admissions and others helped guide the students through the process – starting with a brief introduction in the Hagler Auditorium, then on to campus tours and meetings with academic advisers to register for classes.
Students also attended an orientation resource fair where representatives from TRIO, the Veteran Student Success Center, Student Activities and more shared information about what Pensacola State can offer students – from wellness services to tutoring to club activities.
“We want students to be aware of our many resources,” said PSC Recruiting Coordinator John Solet. “Many times, they really don’t know what we have until they get to the point where they need some type of help or assistance.”
The event was the first of four Pirate Path New Student Orientation sessions scheduled for April. Other sessions include:
- PSC Warrington Campus, Building 3600, 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, April 13.
- PSC Milton Campus, Building 4200, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 13.
- PSC Pensacola Campus, Hagler Auditorium, Building 2A, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.
Summer semester classes begin May 15 and run through August 9. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 21 and run through Dec. 15.
Motes and Roest are both anxious for classes to begin.
Motes, a defensive midfielder for the PSC soccer team, will study to become a pharmacy technician. Roest, a goalkeeper, will study nursing.
Both will have to balance athletic and academic responsibilities at the College.
“It’s going to be a struggle at first,’’ Roest said.
“But we’ll manage and figure it out,’’ Motes said.
The inaugural women’s soccer team starts to play in August.
(By the way, a soccer pitch is just the field used in the universal game.)
U.S. Coast Guard veteran Patrick Balcom was another incoming student who attended the orientation session and even visited the PSC Veteran Student Success Center information booth at the resource fair.
“It’s good to know they have programs for veterans,’’ said Balcom, who will enroll in the HVAC Program. “I’m going to try to use my G.I. Bill, so I might need help with that.”
Apply now to attend classes for the summer or fall semester. Details: https://www.pensacolastate.edu/admissions/.