Hey guys! My name is Quinn Elliott and I am a sophomore biology major on the pre-PA track and an environmental studies minor. I am from Atlanta GA, just a hop skip and a step away from Furms. I love getting involved on campus whether that’s as a homecoming chair on the Student Alumni Council or as Leadership chair of Alpha Delta Pi. Even more than that though I just love being with all of my amazing friends. You may recognize me from some of the other blogs, yes that’s me on the cover of the blog “A Letter to my Freshman Year Self” (no, I won’t be signing any autographs as of now). I just wanted to share with y’all a little playlist I made that captures all of the best parts of Furman. I hope you enjoy!!
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
I very strongly believe that whoever wrote this song must have been to Furman before. It perfectly captures the essence of what it’s like on campus. The extraordinary display of life on Furman’s campus is impossible to beat with everything from towering trees to bright colored flowers. Furman is so beautiful in fact that people from the community stop by just to appreciate it! Rarely a weekend goes by when I’m not stopped by a sweet old couple or family asking how to get to the rose garden or the lake. This song almost does it justice.
My friends and I enjoying a Chinese takeout picnic at Bald Rock, one of the amazing views just 30 minutes away from campus.
Apple Pie – Lizzie McAlpine
This song isn’t as well-known, but I think it does a really fantastic job of putting into words what it’s like finding a home in Furman. When I left for college, I was definitely nervous about leaving behind my family and friends; the life I had made for myself back home. But quicker than I think I even realized, Furman became my new home. It’s not so much about where you are but who you are with. Dorm patios soon became weekly picnic spots, library chairs turned into comedy shows, cars with windows rolled down became live concerts. The people and community became a place that I made all mine. And when I came home from summer after my freshman year, I cried. Not because I didn’t love my family or miss my friends, but because even more than that I missed Furman, my home away from home.
Busy Man– Billy Ray Cyrus
This song is a great example of how easy it can be to overbook yourself at Furman. Furman provides students with so many amazing opportunities that is easy to try and do them all. There are countless clubs ranging from outdoor club all the way to sign language club. Heller service corps is a great way to volunteer on campus or get involved in the community. The internship office is more than eager to help you get experience in any field you want. Billy Ray put it best though when he said, “Have you ever seen a headstone with these words ‘If only I had spent more time at work’”. There are so many other great experiences on campus you won’t want to miss out on if you’re stretched too thin. The key is balance.
Confidently Lost – Sabrina Claudio
If you haven’t heard this song you really must. It talks about a feeling I have related to almost daily at college, being confidently lost. College is such a time of growth and change but in the best way possible. For me, a lot of this journey has been breaking out of my shell and being loud and proud. And for this I have my sorority to thank. Although Greek life doesn’t have to be a part of your college experience it certainly has been for me. These people have showed me what it looks like to be unapologetically themselves. their dance moves are purely contagious and have me singing at the top of my lungs no matter where we are or who we are with. So, though I may not know where I’ll be in 10, 5, or even 1 year, I’m doing it with my head held high.
We are Family – Sister Sledge
No playlist would be complete without this banger. While I may be an only child, I have certainly found my family here at Furman. Furman’s community is one of my favorite things about the school. I have never been surrounded by such a great group of people. All of the students are driven and ambitious, but they will always find time to stop and talk to you in the library or on the way to class. You’ve found yourself in the dining hall alone? No worries, there will be plenty of people eager to have you plop down next to them and share your day. Furman is a place where I have become more independent than ever, but I am never alone.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this wild ride of a playlist as much I enjoyed making it! It’s been a blast.