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FSU-PC Holds Open House

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Panama City, Fla. -

For students looking for a college home, the search can be a stressful one, with so many options and obstacles standing in the way. At an open house Saturday, administrators at Florida State University's Panama City campus made their appeal to prospective students.

Samantha Smith is no football player, but her mom says she's looking to get back into the game at Florida State.

"She even made a comment today that she cant wait to do homework again," said her mother Patti Smith.

Taking a short break after graduating high school., Samantha and her family just relocated from Indiana. She has her sights set on FSU-PC. 

"It's just the location is perfect for everything want," Smith said.

Saturday, the campus held it's open house as they prepare for one big change this upcoming fall.

"Not only will we have junior college or state college transfers that are attending, but we're having high school students considering coming to our campus next fall," said Dr. Steve Leach, FSU-PC's Associate Dean.

FSU-PC hit their enrollment goals this year with 1,400 students. Now they're looking to grow the campus even more with freshman admission, and a new atmosphere.

"More of a campus where students are here during the day, and we're gonna have some clubs they can join...a lot more activity," Dr. Leach said.

Will Samantha be a part of that campus come next fall? She wants to be, so she can prepare for her career.

"I really want to work with a social work degree and work to get kids adopted," Samantha said. 

First she has a few things to figure out, including whether or not to start next semester at Gulf Coast State College, or to wait to get into FSU-PC next fall. Then there's Financial Aid. 

"We're just trying to figure out how to do this and get her through it and figure out how to start her career without being in five years worth of debt," said Timothy Smith, Samantha's Father.

Being an out of state student complicates matters even more, but Samantha says she's determined to overcome those financial obstacles - and so are mom and dad.

"Don't let a dollar be your bottom line, be something you're happy with because you'll be doing this a long time.

For more information visit http://www.pc.fsu.edu/