Hey y’all! This week I wanted to share with you the ABC’s of Furman. I hope this list teaches you a little bit more about our home and what makes this place so special!
A: Academic Advising: At Furms, your advisor will walk you through your class schedule, picking classes, and ultimately answer any other questions you may have! Having an advisor is so nice because they care about you so much and they are there to act as your sounding board before you make any decisions on classes, majors, etc!
B: Basketball: Basketball games at Furman are SO much fun to attend! Students can go for free as long as you present your Student ID, and almost always there is some kind of event for students (pizza party, tailgate, free t shirts, etc!) My favorite part of bball games is supporting my friends on the dance, cheer, and basketball team!
C: Cultural Life Programs (CLP): CLPs are a collection of different programs, performances, lectures, etc offered throughout the year that contribute to the multifaceted education Furman offers its students. My favorite CLP I’ve gone to this year was Sammie’s Story, which was a lecture from a Holocaust survivor. This event really opened my eyes and left a lasting impact on me. No matter what your interests are, you’ll be sure to find CLPs that you vibe with- you need 32 to graduate!
D: Dining Hall (Or as we call it, the DH): I’ll say it- I’m obsessed with the DH. From the cookies, to the omelettes, to the dope vegan section, I always am thriving when dinner time comes around. My favorite DH hack is to make a quesadilla with tortillas, cheese and random vegetables from the salad bar, cut up some grilled chicken and BOOM. It’s basically like you’re at Cantina 76.
E: Engaged Living: This is a living and learning community offered to freshmen. Basically, you’ll live on a hall with people in the same program as you (I know they have a health care program, an environment program, and some others as well) and also take a class or two with the students in your program. I’ve heard great things about this program & it definitely adds to your Furman experience
F: FUSAB (Furman University Student Activities Board): Y’all, FUSAB has my HEART! I love being on this board and have so much fun planning and executing events with the coolest kids (maybe I’m biased) on campus. I encourage you to apply to FUSAB– it has absolutely changed my college experience and I have nothing but positive experiences to share from my time on the board!
G: Greek Life: My experience in my sorority has given me so much and has been such a wonderful opportunity for growth! The women in my chapter challenge me to be the best version of myself, while also being my go to support system whenever I need it. Furman has 7 sororities and 6 fraternities and I love the community of greek life! My besties and I are split up across 5 different sororities and we are still close as ever!
H: Heller Service Corps: Interested in getting involved with volunteering? Heller has sooo many different outlets to do so! Whether you want to work with animals, make an impact in Greenville’s schools, or even work on sustainability initiatives, Heller is for you! Mrs. Nancy Cooper, Coordinator for Volunteer Services will welcome you into the office with candy and a smile, eager to help you get started!
I: Intramural Sports: This is the perfect opportunity for you if you love playing sports / played in high school but didn’t take it to a college level. Fraternities, Sororities, and other clubs / halls have teams and playing in IM games is SO MUCH FUN! My personal favorite is soccer during the fall. I played with my Tri Delt sisters and had a blast.
J: Judson Lounge: This is one of my favorite study spots on campus! It is located on the bottom floor of Lakeside (where sophomores live) and it has the #best study vibes! One day I made myself lunch in my room (Olaf shaped Mac n Cheese and apples w peanut butter) and brought my lunch and big fuzzy blanket downstairs and was on the study #GRIND all day! Big mood.
K: Kate Massey (the BEST roomie): I simply adore Kate Massey. We live on the tri delta hall together and we have the best time together. Kate is involved with Heller, Dance Marathon, she’s the philanthropy chair for Tri Delt, and she’s an education major! She is such a gem and I will miss her dearly when I’m abroad!
L: Lake: The Furman lake, also known as Swan Lake, is one of Furman’s claims to fame! You can find many students taking walks around the lake at sunset with their friends, debriefing about their days and enjoying time together. One of Furman’s “traditions” is on your birthday you get thrown in the lake! However, I told my friends I would be VERY upset if they threw me in!
M: Malone Center For Career Engagement: Another one of Furman’s gems! Located in Trone, the Malone Center is great for help with internship searches, resume and cover letter assistance, and job searches! I utilized this resource when filling out an internship application and it helped SO much! You can make a 45 minute appointment any time and I promise you it’ll help!
N: North Village: NV is where the junior and senior students live! At Furman you’ll live on campus for the full four years which I really like because all of my best friends are constantly within walking distance and I don’t have to figure out a lease etc!! North Village has buildings A-K and you’ll live in an apartment with three other students.
O: O staff (orientation staff ): Hands down this is one of the greatest things Furman has given me. I cannot speak highly enough about this experience! I had the opportunity of spending part of my summer at Furman leading first year students through the orientation process. I made lifelong friendships and connections with people I may not have met otherwise!
P: Pden (PalaDen): The Pden is the food court located downstairs in Trone complete with Chick Fil A, Moe’s, and plenty of other delicious options! I spend a lot of my time in Trone because many of the organizations I am in are located there, and I am most definitely guilty of having cfa breakfast WAY more than I should
Q: Quaint town of TR: Travelers Rest, or TR, is such a cute lil town about 5 minutes from Furman! Some of my favorite restaurants in TR include Farmhouse Tacos, Tandem, Sidewall, and Upcountry Provisions! YUM! Highly suggest you visit TR next time you’re in town!
R: Resident Assistant: Your RA is there to help you adjust socially, personally, and academically to college. Throughout the semester they will plan fun events for your hall which will allow you to bond with people on your hall you might not know / want to get to know better!
S: Study Away: Although many students study away, it is definitely not mandatory to have a stellar college experience! Personally, I am absolutely psyched to study abroad in Edinburgh next fall, but plenty of my friends chose not to study away and they are perfectly content with their decision! I recently wrote a blog post about your different study away options if you’d like to check it out!
T: Trone Student Center: Trone is a home for many different resources on campus. As I mentioned, I spend a ton of my time in Trone doing homework, catching up with friends, attending meetings, and grabbing meals before or after class. If you’re ever looking for me, definitely check Trone first– I have my favorite study chair in the main atrium lol!
U: Unique people: One of the greatest things (in my mind) about Furman is how unique the Furman community is. Furman attracts the best of the best and I have made so many friends with people from all different backgrounds and walks of life throughout my time here. The faculty and staff is made up of a unique group of insanely qualified individuals, allowing for a top notch educational experience.
V: Very, VERY pretty campus: I know I might be ~biased~ but y’all, Furman is stunning. We’ve been recognized several times both nationally and internationally as one of the prettiest college campuses which just proves my point!! My favorite season at Furms is definitely fall when all the leaves are changing colors and it’s still kinda warm out- ahhh! Amazing.
W: Wellness: This is a class that falls under the Mind & Body General Ed Requirement! The purpose and goal of this class is to teach students about why our bodies work they way that they do and how to keep ourselves healthy and active in life! I personally am really enjoying the class so far!
E(x)citing opportunities: The opportunities offered to students at Furman are unparalleled by any other university I visited, which is one of the many ways I knew Furman was home. From taking a class where you go on field trips hiking every week, to faculty and staff making breakfast for dinner in the DH the night before finals, Furman is such a special place!
Y: Younts Conference Center: Located by Timmons Arena, Younts isn’t too frequently used by students, but it is newly renovated and very beautiful! One event that is hosted in Younts is Heller Service Corps Valentine’s Dance for Exceptional Adults which is always a huge hit among Furman students.
Z: Zip around in SafeRide: Although Furman is 10000% a walking campus, sometimes the rain just gets you down and you really, REALLY don’t want to walk to class. Well, good news! Saferide operates throughout the day all the way until 1 am! All you have to do is call the number and they’ll come pick you up and take you wherever you need to go!
There you have it! These 26 Furman terms are some of my favorite things about our school, and I could probably do a whole other list of the Furman ABC’s with different terms! Anywho, I hope that you feel more connected and familiar with campus after reading this post, and I hope you feel that you too can find your home here.
I’m always here to chat too! If you have any questions or concerns about Furman please reach out to me! My insta is @alexandra_rick ! And as always, Roll Dins!
Have a happy week!