Around 150 students from four Wiregrass high schools and two homeschool organizations attended a Campus Tour and Information Fair Thursday at the Troy University Dothan Campus where they were able to see student life in action and learn about the many degree programs TROY offers.
Dr. Kirk Davis, Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Dothan Campus, welcomed the students from Northside Methodist Academy, Ariton High School, Ridgecrest Christian, Emanuel Christian, Bethel Christian Academy and others before they were split into groups and taken on a tour of the campus or to the information fair in the Harrison Room.
During the information fair, the visiting students had access to representatives from all of the colleges and ancillary services, including Financial Aid, Admissions, Student Services, Records, TRIO and the Writing Center.
“We got everyone involved—this has been an all-hands-on-deck effort,” said Anessa Kent, Student Recruiter. “Our people here are thrilled to have been able to put this event together for our Wiregrass students.”
Jamie Hogan and her daughter, Jaylin, a homeschooling military family from Dothan, decided to attend the fair after seeing a post on Facebook and wanted to know more about what TROY had to offer.
“Attending this tour and career fair made me not feel as lost with the financial planning part of transitioning her to college—with being a military family and having the financial benefits to his service time and not knowing where to start with that,” Jamie said. “The representatives also told us about the psychology program that she is interested in can be completed here at TROY Dothan for all four years, which was pretty awesome. It’s all really lining up.”
Aside from the help with financial and degree planning, she said the biggest draw to TROY was the “home” feel.
“Everyone here was so welcoming and helpful. At these bigger universities you can feel lost and lose that ‘home’ feeling,” Jamie said. “My daughter has been home with us homeschooling, so visiting here and getting a feel for the atmosphere has eased some of those anxieties and worries about getting swallowed up by a large campus.”
For Jaylin, she said she was excited to get a glimpse of student life and to learn about other programs that TROY offers.
“I really liked the campus, and I thought the dummies in the nursing labs were so interesting. But I learned a lot from the information fair and seeing how many things really are offered here,” she said. “I’m excited for a new experience and that it won’t be as overwhelming and crowded as a quote ‘regular school.’ And it’s nice knowing I can stay in the psychology program here for all four years and not have to bounce around and look for other programs.”
Yuridia Gonzalez and Brianna Lawson, both seniors at Ariton High School, were interested in both the nursing and business-marketing degrees.
“I really liked seeing the nursing building and the mannequins, the microscopes and the equipment they use. I also enjoyed touring the Sorrell College of Business,” Gonzalez said. “I want to go into business. Most likely marketing, but if not, I’d consider nursing. TROY is definitely one of the schools I would go to.”
Lawson said one of her favorite parts of the experience was getting to see students in action, going from class to class and working in the lab.
“It was really cool to see students on campus and what student life might be like,” she said. “I learned that TROY offers a lot of online classes and night classes for people who need that option. TROY is one of my top three colleges.”
Students are invited back to experience life on the Dothan Campus again during Open House on March 21 at 3 p.m.
“We have a gorgeous campus, wonderful instructors and wonderful support staff,” Kent said. “We want people to know we’re here in the Wiregrass community and that students can get a four-year bachelor’s or master’s degree or Ph.D. in Dothan, Alabama.
“We have all the support and talent that they need to succeed with their degrees. We have a nursing school on campus, an education college and an awesome business school. All of our colleges are wonderful and our professors are excited to welcome these students.”