The fall semester is here, along with a record-breaking number of Georgia State University students attending college for the first time.
Among those is Erika Cobbs, 21, who will take classes on the Decatur Campus as part of Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. Cobbs comes to college following a period after high school where she says she “just chilled” and worked in the fast-food industry.
In the run-up to this first week of school, Cobbs’ mother, Doris Cobbs, waited patiently while her daughter rounded out the registration process for becoming a Perimeter freshman.
Her mom’s eyes welled with tears when explaining how happy she is to see Erika enroll in college.
“I really wanted her to do this,” Doris Cobbs says, adding that her two older daughters hold master’s degrees.
For her part, Erika is feeling confident about succeeding at Perimeter College as she follows an academic pathway to major in early childhood education.
“I’m determined to get my education and become a teacher,” she says.
She plans to work full time, while taking nine credit hours.
Cobbs joins a large number of Perimeter College students who traditionally juggle school and work. Last year, of the 21,000 students enrolled in fall classes, 63 percent attended Perimeter College part time.
This semester marks the first fall session for Perimeter College officially being part of Georgia State University.
Perimeter College continues to award more associate degrees than any other institution in the University System of Georgia, while serving students such as Cobbs on five campuses and online.