Meet the Freshman Forum Directors

Kaitlin Beyler

Office: Freshman Forum Director

Hometown: Alabaster, AL

Major: Biomedical Science

Classification: Sophomore

Kaitlin Beyler

Why I came to TROY:I toured several other college campuses before coming to TROY. During my first visit to TROY’s campus I knew that TROY University was the place for me. I toured TROY two times, once during my junior year of high school and again during my senior year. While touring the campus I saw that students were appreciated and that faculty cared about the students’ success. TROY has a family-oriented atmosphere and that was what I was looking for. Throughout my senior year of high school, I received many calls from TROY faculty and staff and I then knew for certain that TROY was a place where every student mattered.

Activities and Honors at TROY: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Chancellor’s List, Student Alumni Association, Hall Ambassador, University Honors Alliance & Freshman Forum Secretary

Career Ambitions: After earning my Bachelor’s degree from Troy, I plan to continue my education in Medical School. I hope to one day become a Pediatric Surgeon and be able to help others when they are in need.

Words of Encouragement: The first couple of months of the first year of college can seem very intimidating. This year is going to be full of ups and downs, but in the end, it will all be worth it. Getting involved on campus is one of the best things you can do! You will be able to make relations with other people on campus and learn necessary tools that will help you over the next four years and throughout your life. School can be stressful at times, but once you learn to manage your time, you will find how to balance your academic and social life. If you ever need anything at all, my door is always open! I would love to get to know you and answer any questions you have! I hope you have a great year! Go Trojans!

Gus McKenzie

Office: Freshman Forum Director

Hometown: Monroeville, AL

Major: Secondary Education: English

Classification: Sophomore

Gus McKenzie

Why I came to TROY: My mother is a Troy University graduate, and that is how I was first introduced to campus. The first time I stepped foot on campus for a football game, I knew that this place was special. I visited with my high school when playing in the 2013 AISA Football Championship. It was then that I seriously began to consider Troy as a place to further my education. When I came on an official tour as a senior, I saw what Troy has to offer. The tools that this University has to allow its students to succeed are what ultimately brought me here. The ideas of Trojan Pride has been imbedded in me.

Activities and Honors at TROY: Student Alumni Association, Pledge Class President and Greek Week Chair for the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Honors Program, Dean’s List & Freshman Forum Treasurer

Career Ambitions: Upon graduation from Troy, I will pursue a Master’s degree in Higher Education. I would either like to work in college student government, a Greek community advisor, or as a high school English teacher. All of my life I have wanted a career in which I could impact the lives of others, and these avenues all allow me to do just that.

Words of Encouragement: You are about to embark on one of the greatest and most enlightening chapters of your life! The lessons that Troy will teach you will push far beyond material from a classroom. Learning how to be a better leader and person in general is a great thing that Troy University

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