For some students, their journey to Georgia College can begin across several state lines. For incoming freshmen Georgia Clack and Jacqueline Tran, their particular journey began in Texas.
For Clack, her send off to college is a homecoming of sorts. Clack attended orientation July 11, getting set for her move to college and back home.
Her family moved to Texas a couple of years ago from Winder, Ga., and now in attending Georgia College, she comes back to her home state.
“I always knew I wanted to go to college in Georgia,” said Clack. “After looking into several schools, I chose Georgia College for the nursing program.”
Nursing seems like the perfect profession for her since her passion is helping others.
“It’s a great fit for her. She’s always taking care of things and people,” said Becky Guinn, Georgia’s mom. “I think she definitely made the right pick in Georgia College, and I’m very excited for her to get back to the state of Georgia.”
Georgia College became the clear choice for Clack after she visited for Springfest.
“When I went to the orientation for the nursing program, I saw the teachers were so dedicated to their students, so it made my choice easy,” said Clack.
Unlike Clack, Tran is not a Georgia native. With some family in Atlanta and most of her family back in Arlington, Texas, Tran knew she would attend college in one of the two states. After looking at other Georgia colleges, she landed on Georgia College.
“There was such a feel for community here and I really liked that part of it,” said Tran. “I was attracted to the small town atmosphere—I’ve always lived in a larger city so this was a nice change.”
Tran made her big move to Georgia in the middle of July and attended orientation on July 18. She will be entering in as biology major in the fall. Making the decision to attend college far from home was a family decision Tran says, but it was still a hard goodbye.
“The night before I left everyone was crying saying their goodbyes and I definitely thought ‘did I really want to do this?’” said Tran. “But I knew this was right for me—it’s definitely getting me out of my comfort zone.”
Tran and Clack are two freshmen, who have travelled the farthest distance in the continental U.S. to attend Georgia College.