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The big transition: From high school to Grayson College

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Life at Grayson College is a big change for incoming freshmen. (KTEN) Life at Grayson College is a big change for incoming freshmen. (KTEN)
A new school year is about to begin at Grayson College. (KTEN) A new school year is about to begin at Grayson College. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Entering college is a big step that can be nerve-wracking.

Grayson College residence hall supervisor Jayce Randolph has some calming words for incoming freshmen.

"Just step out of your comfort zone," he suggested. "When you come here, it should be as much social learning as much as academic learning. You're coming here to try new areas... just know that everyone else that's coming here, they're trying something new. If they're freshmen, it's going to be heir first time here."

So Grayson College packs the first week with events that get students more comfortable with this new journey in life.

"It mixes a lot of our academic areas with some of the campus activities and student activities that we have at Grayson College. Students gain points, and at the end of the year we give away cash prizes," explained Orlandrus Kelly, the school's Director of Student Life and Housing. "It may be something that they're not used to, or something that's going to cause them to step out of the box. Then we try to ask them to find the correlation with how they can apply that -- either in the classroom or apply that in life."

Kelly adds that embracing what that first semester of college has to offer is directly related with a student's success.

"Getting involved is very important," he said. "The first three to six weeks is very important, and if students can find a sense of belonging here on campus then they are more likely to be successful and complete their degrees or their certificates here at Grayson College."

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