When I Grow Up: Choosing a Major at Furman

When I came to college, I thought all of my big decisions were finished, but I had forgotten about picking my major. I was a freshman with no clue what I wanted to do when I grew up, but thankfully, at Furman, that is okay.

One of the best things about Furman is that it is a liberal arts university. Basically, that means that Furman students are required to take classes across a spectrum of majors and disciplines to gain a well-rounded understanding outside of their focus (aka major). That means there is a great buffer zone between day one of college and deciding on a major.

My freshmen year, I took Anthropology, Spanish, English, Health Science, Math, and Communication Studies classes. I quickly learned that the math and sciences were not for me, but that Furman Hall, the home of the Humanities, was where my interests were.

Studying at Tandem Coffeehouse & Creperie.

From there, I decided to enroll in more Communication Studies courses the following year, and I absolutely fell in love with the content, the relevance, and the insights of Communication Studies. By the end of my sophomore year, I had declared it as my major.

Some people, like me, take a little while to figure out exactly what they what they want to do, and others arrive at Fall Orientation with a burning passion for something already. That’s where liberal arts is your friend. It lets you do it in whichever order you want. I have friends who came into college wanting to be doctors that are now music majors, and I have friends who came in wanting to be accountants who are now training to be pharmacists. Furman allows you to explore, change, and grow your passions and interests.

Being able to have flexibility to find your passion is incredibly important, and I am so thankful Furman gave me that because I would probably be an unhappy student in a major I jumped into without knowing enough about it, if not. So, remember that liberal arts is a huge part of the Furman Advantage, and let it help you figure out what you want to be when you grow up.

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