Former Moss Point High students share college experience

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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The transition from high school to college can be pretty difficult if you're not prepared. Tuesday, some former Moss Point students went back to their alma mater to talk about college life with juniors and seniors.

"It was a culture shock," college student Reginald Steele said.

Steele attends Wabash College in Indiana, and says his workload and responsibilities have doubled.

"At first it was hard because I didn't know some of the material. However, I had to work twice as hard as the next person."

College was also a big adjustment for Faith Jackson.

"I was like, 'Oh my God. This is different.' I would call home in the middle of the night, and I would tell my mom, 'This room is too small, and it's too many people,'" college freshman Faith Jackson said.

Now Jackson and Steele see the benefits of higher education. There are 200 students set to graduate from Moss Point High this year. The college freshmen say it's important the high schoolers know how college works.

"Learn to be very professional," Steele said.

"A lot of jobs now, if you don't have a college degree, you might as well give it up. You have to go to college to put yourself ahead of others," Jackson said.

Balancing studying and extracurricular fun was also a main topic.

"There are parties and different social events, and you have all the alcohol around you. You have to be very, very focused in school," Steele said.

All this talk about being focused and setting goals has 12th grader Jamaal Cobb eager to experience college life.

"They inspired me to apply for a lot more scholarships, financial aid, and work hard to get my grades up," Cobb said.

The freshman say students entering college should apply for scholarships to save money, and make sure their financial aid is completed ahead of time.