Hello! My name is Lauren Holmes and I am so excited to be an admissions intern and to be able to share my life at Furman with you this summer! Before I start writing about college life, I think it’s only fair that you know a little about me first.
I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, so the Carolinas are most definitely my home! I’m a rising senior, so I’ve had plenty of time to spend in Greenville, and I’m truly going to miss it once May rolls around. I’m a Spanish major with a Linguistics minor so, if you can’t tell, I love language! If I could have one cool life skill, it would be to pick up on languages easily. After I graduate, I want to employ these language skills by teaching English abroad!
At Furman and in Greenville, most all of the organizations that I’m involved in are centered around either service or education (or a combination of both). I’m involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Furman’s co-ed service fraternity (we’re not considered Greek life, even though we have a Greek name), an off-campus organization that plans events for international students, and a couple others, one of which is an after school program for Hispanic students, also known as Neighborhood Focus. The Furman community (especially the Spanish and Education departments) loves to partner with them.
When I’m not busy volunteering or studying, I love exploring Greenville and spending time with friends. Some of my favorite things to do are:
- Take walks around the Furman lake and admire all of the beauty campus has to offer (I also LOVE identifying trees – this is my go-to fun fact – so it’s fun seeing the botanical diversity on campus).
- Go for late-afternoon, weekend walks in Falls Park with friends, followed by dinner in a restaurant downtown (or DT, in Furman lingo). Some of my favorites are Handi Indian Cuisine & Lemongrass (which serves Thai food). The Crème Shack is also my go-to ice cream place if I’m feeling dessert.
- Take trips to Bald Rock for journaling or stargazing! My friends and I have done this on more than one occasion – it’s only a 30-minute drive from campus, so it’s an easy day trip, even on the weekdays!
I’ve got all summer to fill you in on Furman life, so I don’t want to spill too much now. 😉 Until next time!