College can be overwhelming, especially the first few weeks of freshman year.
Navigating campus, figuring out the computer system, even learning to work in groups -- all that can be hard for newbies. Even more so if they're the first in their family to go to college or come from a disadvantaged background.
That's why freshmen at Lawson State Community College now take a required freshman academy course designed to steer them through those difficulties.
"It's good for new students that don't know anything about the campus, who aren't familiar with the Internet," said Jaquice Reynolds, a Lawson State second-year student from Birmingham. "When you're coming to college as a freshman, you're really lost."