New Pirates Make Friends at Navigate

(June 4, 2012) New incoming students had their first Armstrong experience at the June 1, 2012 Navigate orientation and were eager to share why they have chosen Armstrong. The university’s reputation of academic excellence and the supportive community environment were the deciding factors for most of these newly minted Pirates.

Navigate is an orientation program available for all students accepted and attending Armstrong for the first time. At Navigate, students interact with faculty, learn about degree programs, student organizations, housing, dining, student life and tour the campus. New incoming students are encouraged to sign up for Navigate orientations over the next several weeks at

Why Armstrong?

Keri McGinn, Glennville, Ga.
Plans to major in psychology
“I heard that it is a really good school. It’s far enough to get the college experience but close enough for me to be able to go home.”

Navigate leader Sarah (right) helps out a fellow Pirate.

Nicholas Palmer,
Newnan, Ga.
“My friends were talking about how good of a school it is so I decided to come here.”

New Pirates register for fall classes.

Karen Trejo, Calhoun, Ga.
“I wasn’t sure about Armstrong until I came to open house and Navigate. The faculty was really welcoming.”

After a full day of Navigate, these Pirates don't look lost anymore.

Jasmine Trajo, Calhoun, Ga.
Wants to be a pediatrician
“When I toured here the first time with my sister, I liked it. It’s a smaller school.  I came back with a friend, and when the tour guide told me about the student-to-faculty ratio, I knew it was right for me. I work better in small settings. I like that Armstrong offers tutoring and that I will be able to talk with the faculty if I need help. I wouldn’t have an excuse not to do well and that’s why I wanted to go to Armstrong as opposed to other schools.”

Part of the class of 2016 takes a break from Navigate ice-breaker games.

Alexis Shealey, Ludowici, Ga.
Plans to major in chemistry; aunt and soon-to-be sister-in-law attended Armstrong.
“It seems like it will be a fun learning experience.”