The fall semester at Furman is personally my favorite time of year. Everyone is energized from the summer break, the trees start turning the most beautiful colors, and the mountain air starts to cool down, giving us relief from the really hot summer days. While I love all the natural signs of fall in Greenville, I also just love everything that’s going on around campus. If you’re new to the blog, I’m going to give you the highlights of some of my favorite parts of the fall semester.
1: Back to School Bash!
Every year, there is an infectious excitement in the air about being back on campus. It gives me so much energy and makes returning back to Greenville even more exciting. There are tons of events going on in the first few weeks to welcome students back, and my personal favorite is the back to school bash hosted by the Furman University Student Activities Board (FUSAB). Sometimes it’s a lowcountry boil, other times it’s a barbeque with swing and shag dancing, but it is always guaranteed to be a great time. I always love reconnecting with old friends at events like these and hearing about their summer travels, internships, and more.
2: Family Weekend
Family weekend is THE BEST. I love when my family comes up to Greenville and I have the chance to share with them why this is such a special place. Three of my best friends and I created our own family weekend tradition starting our freshman year, making sure to bring all of our families together for a dinner one night of the weekend. Each year, our families have reconnected and become friends with each other, and is one of the parts of the weekend I look forward to most. Whether at the football game on Saturday or enjoying a handful of Greenville’s incredible restaurants, there is always some aspect of life at Furman that I love showing my family on their weekend visit.
Homecoming has become more and more special to me as I have grown older at Furman, because great friends that I have made and graduated in the years before always return for the weekend! It is such a great time to reconnect with others while also having a wonderful time. FUSAB and the Student Alumni Council organize all of the homecoming events, from a carnival on the mall Friday night to every tailgate you could imagine before the football game on Saturday. I even had one of my best friends that graduated last year sleep on my couch this fall, so if you can get your friends to spend the weekend in your North Village apartment, you get bonus time to hang out with them!
4: Christmas time in Greenville
Everyone at Furman celebrates the holiday season completely, without cutting corners. My freshman year we organized a secret santa, my sophomore year we had a christmas party on my sorority hall, and this year I really enjoyed celebrating Christmas with “Lessons and Carols,” a worship night hosted by Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). Unfortunately, I didn’t get to experience the holiday joy my junior year because I was studying abroad in Belgium (I know, poor me). No matter how you celebrate the holidays, everyone at Furman seems to embrace the holiday spirit, even with exams looming over us in the not-so-distant future. It is the sweetest way to end the fall semester.
I hope you enjoyed just a glimpse into a handful of things happening in the fall semester. If you have recently committed to joining our newest freshman class, get excited for all of these awesome traditions that you’ll be joining us for in beginning in August!
Until Next Time,