'Become more interesting' should be goal of entering college students

Posted: Monday, 15 August 2016

TROY – National journalist and author Tom Foreman told new students at Troy University Sunday to walk through doors and make those doors matter.

Speaking to TROY's Odyssey Convocation for new students, Foreman, an alumnus who is a journalist at CNN, challenged the entering class to become "interesting people" and take advantage of opportunities that TROY presented.

"The most important thing you can do while you are in college is to become a more interesting person," he said. "Interesting people have interesting friends and they have interesting jobs and take interesting trips, and lead interesting lives."

In that pursuit, he said, students will find the University full of "endless doors" – behind them are opportunities, creators, and travel.

"The doors to your world are waiting. Walk through those doors. Make them matter to you," he said.

The 12th annual Odyssey Convocation highlighted the University's Welcome Weekend that included sorority bid day and residence hall move-in days. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday.

Foreman graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1981, and holds an honorary doctorate from Quinnipiac University. He joined CNN in 2004 and is based in the network's Washington, D.C. bureau. He covers a wide-range of topics for the network and reports for programs across the spectrum from "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" to "Anderson Cooper 360."

He was joined on the stage by Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., who told students an undergraduate education was not about making living, but "it's about making a life."

Dr. Hawkins challenged students to seek intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual balance.

"Achieve balance at TROY," he said.

SGA President Olivia Melton also told students to pursue as many opportunities as possible while at TROY.

"Troy University is truly a special place because the people here want to take an interest in our lives," she said. "It takes a village, and that's what we have here in Troy."

Tom Foreman

CNN reporter, columnist and author Tom Foreman, a 1981 TROY graduate, provided the keynote address at TROY's 12th annual Odyssey Convocation for new students Sunday in Trojan Arena. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)