- The number of student organizations on Furman’s campus. The number of ways to get involved.I remember at the beginning of my freshman year wanting to get involved on campus, and to make it feel more like home, but I didn’t know where to start. In high school, I was involved in many clubs and loved that it gave me the chance to meet new people and have new experiences. When I came to college, I knew that being involved in a club or organization was something I wanted to do, but wasn’t sure how to get started.
At Furman, they make getting involved easy. During the first week of class, Furman hosts a Student Organization Fair for two hours. Each group has a table set up with student representatives waiting to meet interested students. As a freshman, it can be slightly intimidating when you walk up and see a bunch of tables with signs and information. However, just keep in mind that the people behind the table want to get to know you and share with you the opportunities that they have. They understand that it can be intimidating, so don’t be scared to just go up to the table, introduce yourself, and ask them to tell you about their group. I promise, they want to talk to you!
I also found it helpful before going to the fair to look online at some of the various organizations that Furman offers. This way I was able to have an idea of a couple tables that I definitely wanted to stop at and learn about the group before going to the fair. It can be less intimidating if you have an idea of what you’re looking for before you go into the fair.
With 150 organizations on campus, there truly is a place and a group for everyone at Furman. Below, I thought I would list a variety of the different offerings that we have so you can have a sneak peek into the life of a Furman student!
- Astronomy Club
- Club Ultimate Frisbee
- College Republicans & Furman College Democrats
- Fraternity & Sorority Life
- Fish & Fly Club
- Furman Spikeball Club
- Furman University Aikido Club
- Furman Chapter of Ducks Unlimited
- Culinary Club
- Debate Society
- Investment Club
- Pauper Players
- Heller Service Corps
- Pre-Law Society
- Relay for Life
- Residential Life Council
- Shucker Leadership Institute
- Student Alumni Council
- Student Government Association
- Swing & Shag
- The Bell Tower Boys
These are just a few of the many ways students can get involved at Furman! My advice for student involvement is to keep an open mind, and be willing to be different. Don’t feel as though you can only join clubs that you know people in. Clubs are a great way to meet different people, so be willing to join a group you’re interested in, regardless of how comfortable you are with the people who are already part of the group! You never know where you will find your next passion!
P.S. ~ While at the Fair, be on the lookout for free goodies! The giveaways at the tables are always a nice perk of going to the student fair.