Freshman Forum

Freshman Run 2019

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.


Bailey Bennett, Freshman Forum Director, 2019-2020

Bailey Bennett, Freshman Forum Director

Hometown: Eufaula, AL
Major: Risk Management and Insurance
Classification: Sophomore

Why I chose TROY: When touring colleges, I never got the feeling of home until I walked onto Troy’s campus. The faculty and staff members were all so willing to answer any questions my parents and I had, and they spent well over two hours helping me map out a plan to achieve my dream job. This immediate personal support, encouragement, and love made it evident that Troy University was not like every other school. I knew that day that I wanted Troy to be my home for the next four years, and I am certain that I made the BEST decision!

Involvement and Honors at TROY: Troy has presented lots of neat opportunities this year pertinent to getting involved on campus. I have served as an IMPACT leader, PR Chair for Relay for Life, and Secretary for Freshman Forum. I am currently involved in Greek Life, Trojan Ambassadors, Gamma Iota Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, and SGA – serving as Freshman Forum Director. During freshman year, I received the following awards: an academic superlative, “Perfect 4.0,” the “Best Big/Little Duo,” a Leadership and Service Award, and the “Most Involved Sister.”

Words of Encouragement: The best advice I can give to incoming freshmen is to get out of your comfort zone! College offers so many opportunities that help everyone grow in an abundance of ways, but no one can grow if he or she is always doing what is “comfortable.” So, run for that officer position, go on that trip with new friends, get involved in something you typically wouldn’t, and even speak to the stranger who sits next to you in class. Those slightly uncomfortable moments are what will make your freshman year one of the most fun and memorable times of your life. Go Trojans (and apply for Freshman Forum)!


 Justin Thomas, Freshman Forum Director, 2019-2020

Justin Thomas, Freshman Forum Director

Hometown: Hoover, AL
Major: Political Science
Classification: Sophomore

Why I Chose TROY: As I was searching for colleges my senior year of high school, I considered many different universities, but in the end it was clear that Troy was meant to be my home. I chose Troy because of all the amazing opportunities it offers - getting involved, growing leadership skills, incredible academics, and most importantly, the great Trojan community. The unique opportunities that Troy provides are unlike any other college or university and have allowed me to grow in so many areas of my life I would have never thought possible. Troy has truly become my home away from home.

Involvement and Honors at TROY: During my freshman year, I have been blessed to be involved with several amazing organizations. I was a delegate in Freshman Forum and was able to see firsthand the impact that this wonderful organization made on the campus, which is why I’m so pumped to serve as Director for 2019-2020. I have also been involved with the Army ROTC program, Campus Outreach, the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and Troy’s Collegiate Legislature delegation. Next year I will also serve as a Trojan Ambassador where I will get to give back to the University that has given me so much already.

Words of Encouragement: If you haven’t already made the decision to attend the greatest university, do it! If you have, I have very simply advice: get involved. No matter what organization or club you choose to be a part of, stepping out of your comfort zone and making meaningful relationships is what college is all about - so don’t waste this once in a lifetime opportunity. There are so many amazing ways to get involved on Troy’s campus and doing so will allow you to make the most of your time here at Troy! I wish you all the best of luck. 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!”