Hello, reader! My name is Makena Song, and I am a rising Junior at Furman University (Class of 2022). This summer I have taken on the wonderful job of assisting Furman’s superb admissions office in their vital roles to guide you, the students, and the prospective parents of those students, to potentially pick Furman as you or your child’s new home away from home! I will try to make this introduction as painless as possible, and I hope this post allows you to understand my background, my experiences, and my genuine joy as a student of Furman!
As pictured above, I grew up in the small, suburban city of Oviedo, Florida. It’s located about thirty minutes to the northeast of Orlando, Florida. Think near Disney Land and Universal Studios! An interesting fact about myself is that I actually was not born in the United States. I was adopted from South Korea and became a U.S. citizen at five months old! I hope that by showing you my hometown, I can allow you to see that no matter where you are from or where you currently live, Furman University is definitely worth the drive or flight to attend!
In my sophomore year, I applied and was accepted into the Business Block for this upcoming Fall Semester 2020 making me an official Business Administration major! I am excited to see what this major holds for me next semester and the rest of my Furman journey.
One of the most important questions that many of you may be thinking on your college search is “why Furman?” Well, I can’t speak for you personally, but I can tell you a little bit about my pre-enrolled journey! As a high school senior in the graduating class of 2018, I was as confused as you may be and was unsure of the direction I wanted to go in. Choosing a college is like choosing a house! There are many different to pick from and each comes with its own unique qualities. So, why did I pick the purple house out of all of the other houses?
Furman, to me, is more than an institution. It’s more than just a place that I study at. It’s also not just a second home. It’s more than that: It’s a family. Through the admissions process and well after that, I felt a great tie to my new Furman community which was welcoming and inclusive. I have grown as an academic and individual thanks to the various experiences and friendships I made at Furman.
The last thing that I want to talk about is how the Furman community is made up of more than just the students, faculty, and staff. Our local Greenville residents are intertwined with our university through its historical connection to Downtown Greenville! Pre-COVID, one of my favorite experiences was seeing the Greenville locals visiting Furman’s campus to spend time with their families and walk around the Furman Lake located in front of the Dining Hall (with the famous Belltower). Additionally, every morning, on my way to the Dining Hall, I often walked past friendly locals with their adorable pets. Apart from the fun things to do on campus (like playing billiards in the Trone Student Center), Downtown Greenville is a perfect place (about 15-20 minutes away by car) to explore during the weekends with its beautiful park and extensive restaurants and shopping. Likewise, if you are a Furman student, you can receive (for free) a Resident Life Center (RLC) card that gives you discounts up to 15% off at specified restaurants! I often used that card at the local coffee shop downtown, Spill the Beans!
The last thing I want to say is thank you for getting to know me and my love of Furman! I hope that wherever you are on your academic journey that you remember to enjoy the process, especially in times like these. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day/night, and I hope that this post gave you a further insight into the life of a Furman student.