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Freshman Forum

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What is Freshman Forum?

 Freshman Forum is the freshman branch of the Student Government Association. We are here to help the freshman leaders get connected around the TROY campus, in the community, and begin making lifelong friendships. Freshman Forum is made up of approximately 50 freshman and 2 directors. The members of Freshman Forum had to go through an application and interview process. Once the new members are chosen, they will go on a retreat to learn parliamentary procedure, leadership skills, and team work. It also provides the chance for you to get to know you colleagues.

Just like any other organization, Freshman Forum is made up of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and other non-executive officers. The directors are there to help the executive officers and members get everything done on the agenda and act as mentors to the freshmen.


Baleigh Dyess, Freshman Forum Director, 2022-2023

Headshot of Baleigh Dyess, a Freshman Forum director for 2022-2023.

Hometown: Spanish Fort, AL

Major: Elementary Education

Classification: Sophomore

Why I chose TROY: During my college search, I was originally looking to attend bigger universities farther away from home. After touring Troy on Fall Trojan Day in 2020, I knew that Troy University was my home away from home. I was overwhelmed by the love and passion that the students had for their beautiful university. There was no doubt in my mind that Troy was the school for me. I felt so welcomed and loved from the very first day. As well as the beautiful atmosphere, the scholarships offered are hard to beat. Coming into Troy, I was offered The Scholar’s Award and will have little to no debt coming out of college. Choosing Troy was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I will forever be grateful for all that it has brought me.

Involvement and Honors at TROY: Coming to Troy, I knew that I wanted to be involved on campus and make a difference. This past year, I was given the amazing opportunity to be a delegate in Freshman Forum and serve on the Executive Committee as Historian. I am also a member of a Greek Organization and I serve on the Junior Execute Board for Philanthropy. This has given me countless numbers of opportunities to serve Troy not only as a campus but also as a community. I am beyond excited and can’t wait to serve as the Freshman Forum Director for the 2022-2023 class! 

Words of Encouragement: Whether or not you decide to apply for the Freshman Forum, I highly encourage you to get involved on campus somehow.  As a freshman, it can be nerve-wracking to put yourself out there and try something new. If you have confidence in yourself and your abilities, you will go so far! Freshman Forum has completely changed my life and shaped me into the person I am today. Not only did this organization improve my personal relationship with myself, but with others as well. Freshman Forum has brought me the greatest friends that I will cherish for the rest of my life. As scary as it may be, putting yourself out there and trying something new will bring you so many opportunities that will change your life! 

Abigail Barnett, Freshman Forum Director, 2022-2023

Headshot of Abigail Barnett, a Freshman Forum director for 2022-2023

Hometown: Rainbow City, AL

Major: Psychology

Classification: Sophomore

Why I chose TROY: My college search was a difficult process. Going into my senior year, I had no idea where I wanted to spend my next 4 years. Through it all, I kept coming back to Troy. Here, I saw the campus culture was one of hospitality, excellence, and true pride for the school. Troy stood out above the others because of the care they have for their students that goes beyond undergraduate studies and into preparation for the future. I cannot imagine myself at any other University and I can confidently say coming to Troy was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I have only been here one year, but I will forever be in debt to this amazing place for all of the opportunities, memories, and friendships it has given me. 

Involvement and Honors at TROY: This past year I was given the opportunity to serve as a delegate to Freshman Forum, as well as one of the Excellence in Leadership Conference Directors.  I am a member of the Christian Student Center, where I lead the connect team. This has given me opportunities for hands on service to Troy University and far beyond. I serve as a counselor for The Living Stones Retreat, a summer retreat for incoming Troy students. I have been selected as treasurer for the psychology club on campus and look forward to growing in my academics through that! Next year I cannot wait to serve as the Freshman Forum Director for the 2022-2023 class of delegates!

Words of Encouragement: While I am still continuing to be blessed by my opportunities in Freshman Forum, I encourage everyone to be involved in Troy in some aspect. There is a community waiting to develop, serve, love, and challenge you, but please take advantage of it! Troy has an abundance of knowledge and opportunity to offer, but I encourage everyone to pay special attention to the relationships you will form. These will provide you the motivation and support you need to achieve your academic and career goals. I look forward to another year at Troy and the chance to help incoming students find their home in Troy, just as I did. Go Trojans!


Annual Events

Freshman Run

Freshman Run is one of our favorite and most well-known traditions. During the first home football game every year, new freshmen have the opportunity to run across the field and into the student section, symbolizing their becoming a part of the Trojan family. 

SGA Retreat

All Freshman Forum delegates attend the SGA Retreat at the beginning of the year to foster relationships with other delegates and learn the skills necessary to be an effective leader. Where will we go next? You'll have to join to find out!

Leadership Conference

The Troy Leadership Conference is Freshman Forum's marquee event, as our delegates host leaders from high schools across the Southeast. The participants attend interesting and innovative seminars on topics ranging anywhere from managing stress to building resumes. Students that attend are given a glimpse of what life is like as a Trojan and leave the conference equipped with top-notch leadership skills. 

Feast with Friends

Every Thanksgiving, Freshman Forum holds Feast with Friends in order to reach out and cultivate friendships with members of Troy's International community and give them a taste of traditional American Thanksgiving food. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the feast and everyone leaves with a full belly.

Freshman Formal

Troy's first ever Freshman Formal was held in 2018 and was an absolute hit! This event gives freshmen the opportunity to meet and dance the night away with the rest of their class. Freshman Forum looks forward to growing this event more and more each year!


Freshman Forum delegates have a blast planning and organizing Hoopcoming - the Spring homecoming for the Troy Basketball team. This event brings in a great crowd to cheer on the Trojans and all proceeds are donated to a charity of the Hoopcoming King's choosing. 

Athlete Appreciation

Freshman Forum prides itself on its support of Trojan Athletics and holds multiple events throughout the year to express our gratitude for all athletes on campus.  

“As Representatives of Troy University’s Freshman Class, We Commit to Excellence in Leadership through Service, Enthusiasm, and Trojan Pride!”