Troy University alumna Mary King encouraged new students on Sunday to make the most of their collegiate journey.
King, a 2008 Summa Cum Laude graduate in broadcast journalism who now serves as the morning news anchor for WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., delivered the keynote address at the University's 2013 Odyssey Convocation in Trojan Arena. The annual event is designed to introduce new students the University's customs, traditions, people and places.
“Your journey begins today," King told the students. “Now is the time to make things happen. I encourage you to take advantage of every resource that is available and make the most of your time here."
Pointing out that there is an ‘app' for everything these days, King offered an ‘app' of her own to assist students as they begin their college experiences – A for Academics, P for Priority and P for People.
“Invest in all of your classes. Build relationships with your professors. You are more than just a number to them," she said.
Remembering her own experiences at TROY, King encouraged the students to set priorities. “Find ways to get plugged in and get involved in everything you can," she said. “The more you give to whatever it is you're involved in, you will find you will get back even more."
King also encouraged students to “choose to invest in positive relationships."
“College is the building blocks of your future," she said. “You are here for a reason. Make the most of it. Welcome home Trojans."
The Odyssey Convocation also featured the reciting of the Troy University Creed, the singing of the Alma Mater and the Fight Song and the lighting of the ceremonial Odyssey flame, signifying the beginning of the new students' collegiate journey.