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King University News :: Top Ten Things New Students Need to Know About Life at King

Exciting… Ready… Nervous... Exhilarating…  These are just a few words that describe new students’ feelings about beginning their new life, life as a college student. 

At King, if you ask pretty much anyone – students, faculty, staff – they will describe King as a community and a home away from home.  Everyone at King is anxious to welcome our new students as they arrive on campus Saturday, Sept. 1 during the College’s annual Launch event. 

It was Henry David Thoreau who said, You must live in the present, launch yourself, on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.  As you prepare for your new life as a King College student, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. You have made it.  You are now a King College student, so step out of your comfort zone.  Take time to get to know your R.A.s (Residence Assistant) and A.C.s (Area Coordinators).  They will help you in so many ways – getting settled in and helping you navigate campus life just to name a few things. 
  2. Wondering what you need to bring to campus?  Read back over the list of things you need to bring with you.  King’s Residence Life staff does a great job at keeping you informed on things you need to know about your new adventure.  If you haven’t already visited their website, here is your chance.  There are numerous pages filled with need-to-know information for both you and your family!  Visit today!
  3. Familiarize yourself with campus.  Brand new this semester, Marketing has developed a 360? Campus Tour to help you find your way.  It is also a nice way for your families to see both the ins and outs of the campus you will be calling home for the next four years.  The 360? Campus Tour also includes a tour of downtown Bristol TN/VA.  Visit to begin the tour.  Oh, and just in case you haven’t heard, the state line for Tennessee and Virginia goes down the center of State Street in downtown Bristol.  Have you ever heard the phrase – you can’t be in two places at one time?  Well, in downtown Bristol, you really can be in two places (states) at one time. 
  4. Visit the Career Center Some students arrive at college knowing exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, others are still quite unsure of their path.  Our Career Center staff will work with you to develop a four-year plan that explores your interests and sets you on a path to achieve your career goals.  During your junior and senior years, you will have opportunities for real-world experience through internships. 
  5. Get to know the faculty.  You’ll find your way through the college maze with the help of professors who are knowledgeable in their fields and innovative in their approaches to education.  More than 80 percent of King professors hold doctorates from the finest colleges and universities in the world.  They are a dedicated group holding high distinctions in their respective fields.  They each have exceptional professional – as well as personal – experiences to share.  They are also well known for going the extra mile to not only teach you but to get to know you, enabling them to better guide you on the road to be whoever you want to be!
  6. Plan to explore the world.  King offers a broad range of travel opportunities, both domestic and foreign, available to all students, even during your first year.  A significant portion of our students broaden their education and world-view through study abroad, mission, and community service trips to locations such as New York; Florida; Louisiana; Salzburg, Germany; Montepulciano, Italy; or Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa.
  7. Be open-minded.  Examine your own beliefs and those of others in a welcoming, supportive environment.  College is about discovering who you are and what you believe.  At King, you’ll have many opportunities to explore your beliefs and the spiritual traditions of other students in a liberating atmosphere that supports personal expressions of faith.  Opportunities abound with chapel, a convocation series through the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute at King, and service projects.  
  8. Discover your creative talents through majors in music, photography, and theatre.  King students have performed at Carnegie Hall, traveled to Scotland, England, and even Greece for performances. Others have made their way to the “World’s Fastest Half Mile” to take photos of NASCAR legends at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Even if you are not majoring in the arts, you have the opportunity to participate in music and theatre productions.  Opportunities abound to direct, design, create, perform, and conduct.
  9. Check out Tornado Athletics!  Active, positive competition is a valuable experience that instructs in many areas of life, and, at King, you have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of competitive and structured team sports.  You may want to become one of King’s student-athletes in one of 24 NCAA intercollegiate sports programs.  Tornado athletics is an important part of the King community.
  10. Be involved!  Expand your social circle in a close-knit community where people greet each other by first name - students, faculty, and staff alike.  Opportunities abound to meet new people through King’s Launch events for new students, and S.L.A.C.K. (Student Life and Activities Committee at King) events.  You may also want to check out the wide variety of intramural sports that includes everything from Racquetball to Soccer to Ultimate Frisbee.  Become engaged through student clubs and organizations, service fraternity, leadership programs, community service, and student government, as well as a wide range of off campus activities - all within driving distance of campus. 

A great education prepares you for a successful future.  The difference lies in how you get from point A to point Z.  At King, your journey will be filled with new experiences to challenge (and even change) the way you view yourself and the world.  You’ll go beyond the usual and learn in an environment that encourages exploration, gaining real-world experience through a wide range of hands-on learning experiences to supplement classroom theory. 

Mark Twain once said, “Knowledge without experience is just information.”  King College takes that sentiment very seriously.  The King community believes learning happens when you go looking for answers.  Everything about King is geared to a journey of learning. 

Be you at King!