Nineteen-year-old Roy Valdez is excited for his new life.
"Really excited," the Lake Odessa native said Friday. "New opportunities to do, and new people to see."
New life as a college student. Roy registered Friday at Lansing Community College. He'll study criminal justice in the fall, and he says the registration process couldn't have been easier.
"The staff, for the most part -- they've been a big help for today. Everybody's around, you don't have to look hard for them. There's always somebody there to help you out," Valdez says.
That's exactly what Emily Baynes likes to hear. The LCC financial aid officer is helping students navigate the school's 27-hour registration drive, from 9 a.m. this Friday to noon on Saturday. She says enrollment this year is already skyrocketing.
"As of last year, our count was up 11 percent in enrollment, compared with last year," Baynes said.
The question, of course, is just how much extra enrollment the college can handle. More students, after all, could mean less financial aid for each.
"The only effect it might have on the financial aid is the competition for scholarships," Baynes said.
But Baynes stresses higher enrollment won't affect financial aid from the federal government.
That's music to Roy Valdez's ears. He's working part time at Hungry Howie's to help pay for college, and he'll need all the help he can get.
"Right now it's a big need. I've only got a part-time job, ya know," he says.