Wow! It feels like just yesterday I was packing up my bedroom, driving seven hours, unpacking my bedroom, saying goodbye to my parents and hello to my new life as a college student. The first semester truly has flown by and now I’m sitting here reminiscing on all the memories made in such a short amount of time. I have loved every single day. The holiday season is a time of gratitude, so I couldn’t think of a better way to close out my first semester than to thank all the amazing people and moments that Furman has allowed me to experience.
Let’s start at the beginning…
I want to say thanks to every single one of the incredible orientation staff members. The choreographed dances, cheesy ice-breaker games, and ever-present energy (even at like 7 am) made me it very easy for me to consider you all my first Furman friends.
Another thanks goes out to my RA and FRAD. Their ability to create an inclusive and loving ‘hall home’ is something that immediately made moving and adjusting to college 100 times easier.
Thanks to all the football, soccer, and basketball games. Whether it is 90 or 23 degrees tailgating, watching from the bleachers or walking to Timmons allowed me to meet some of my absolute favorite people. Making these memories all while wearing a ridiculous amount of face paint and purple glitter is something I will never forget.
Thanks to the professors. The knowledge and personal relationships I’ve made is something that I know will benefit me long after the final ends.
Thanks to FUSAB for genuinely being the most creative people I have ever met. Some of my favorite first semester memories come from one of the random FUSAB events in front of the library or in Trone.
Thanks to FCA, Furman Futures, Admissions, and Furman Dance Marathon for allowing me to so quickly get involved on campus in the areas I’m passionate about.
Thanks to all the amazing friends I’ve made. One of my favorite things about Furman is that everyone is friends with everyone. No seniority, or getting treated like a ‘freshman’ we are all genuinely just friends with whoever we get along with.
And Finally, I think I speak for us all when I say thank you to the Lib Cafe for being open until midnight. If I had a dollar for every time a late-night study session turns into a late-night hunger session and the TLC saved my life… I could buy a LOT of bagels.
In all seriousness, I am so thankful for every moment, person, and experience Furman has already placed in my path. Three and a half more years doesn’t feel long enough. So if you ever need someone to makes some memories with or grab a bagel… I’m your girl- Rosemary Cruse