USM is back to school for spring semester

By Kelly Bryant – email | bio

It was the first day back on the Southern Miss campus for the spring semester.
"Today I had 9:30 to 10:45, 11:00 to 12:15, break til 1:00 for a quick lunch, and then 1:00 to 2:15."

After a long holiday break, Student Government Association President Kasey Mitchell says she's already busy."Today I had a 9:30-10:45, 11:00-12:15, break until one for a quick lunch, and then 1:00-2:15."

Mitchell says it's good to be back,"It's always exciting, there's that fresh breath of just energy on campus."

If you ask Vice President for Student Affairs, Joe Paul,  students are getting back into the grind by taking care of business.
Paul says, "A lot of students have business to take care of, whether it's in financial aid or in academic advisement, or here and there, so there's a lot of running around these first few days."

With the new semester comes higher enrollment, especially in the form of transfer students. Paul goes on to say,  "It's exciting for us, we have about a twenty percent increase in enrollment this semester when you compare it to last spring."

Extra bodies bring the parking issue back up, but Paul says, relief is on the way this March
when USM will add 1200 new parking spaces by unveiling a new multi-level parking garage.

He said, "If you find a college campus where parking's not a problem, they probably have an enrollment problem. And it'll still be stressful, but it's going to be a wonderful addition, and yes, the time has come."

Once less thing for students to fret over as they get back into the swing of things.

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