Troy University freshman orientation has a new look

Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 5:18 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - As the Coronavirus continues to wreck havoc on normal life, Troy University made the best of welcoming their incoming freshman.

“We wanted to make some changes this year but obviously these have been very big structural changes but it has forced us to look critically at what is important for our program and kind of the things we want to include and inform our students about as they plan to join us at troy,” Ryan Cole Director of Impact new student orientation says.

Freshman orientation is normally a two day experience but this year it was turned into one due to COVID-19.

Troy wanted to make sure all safety guidelines were followed

“So from the moment that our students and parents check in their temperatures are taken to ensure that we are not allowing any asymptomatic visitors to campus we are also providing all of our students and parents with hand sanitizer as well as masks and participants are also highly encouraged to wear those while their on campus,” Cole said about their safety protocols.

Freshman are also benefiting from not having to interact with others on campus.

“As far as faculty and staff and presenters they have done pre-recorded videos and they’ve also kind of done web-x and Microsoft teams calls to again limit that interaction of those students,” says Cole.

While incoming freshmen are excited about the new experience – they say it’s different.

“I’d like to get to know my freshman class more but I’ve made a lot of friends even though we are getting cut short with not getting to meet everybody,” says incoming Troy freshman, Maddison Bragg

Troy University broke down orientation to 9 different session. They also offered a virtual orientation for those incoming students and parents who did not feel safe to travel to the campus.

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