Everyone has heard of a Furman May X, but have you heard of a June X? Many people are unaware of the summer programs because they have only been exposed to May X programs. However, Furman also offers summer programs that resemble May experiences but quite often offer a few more benefits.
Earlier this year I applied for three of the most popular May X programs. I was wait-listed for all three. I thought that was it. I thought I was going to have to wait until next summer to be able to have this amazing experience that I was looking forward to. However, I received an email a few weeks later that basically said, “hey I know you didn’t get a May X but you should look at these summer programs because they’re cool too!” So I did. I went back to my study away profile and looked at the summer programs that were being offered. I then went to an informational meeting about a religion and art program that is taking place in Italy and Switzerland this summer (this is when I first heard the term “June X”). After the meeting, I went immediately back to my dorm and finished my application for this summer program.
About a week later I found out that I was accepted into the program! The benefits of this program are so outstanding I can’t believe more students do not know about it! Basically, the whole experience is from June 6th through July 5th. First, we will be working from home for about 10 days in order to prepare for the trip. Then, we will be meeting in Atlanta to fly to Italy!! After spending time in 6 cities in Italy (amazing places like Rome and Venice), we go to Switzerland for 3 days before flying back to Atlanta. During this time we are earing 4 class credits and crossing off 2 General Education Requirements (World Cultures or WC and Visual and Performing Arts or VP) all while having an amazing, unique experience in these foreign countries!
I believe more students should be made aware of these programs because of how popular May X programs are! I can’t wait for this summer and being able to learn about new cultures from Furman professors with my fellow Furman