Finding Your Life Purpose offers you the opportunity to critically reflect on why you are at Furman as well as your purpose and direction in life. You will consider what it means to live a life of significance while answering critical questions such as "What gives my life meaning and direction?" and "What am I called to do and be?" As you reflect on your own personal answers to these questions, you will also examine diverse perspectives of the ways individuals and communities have interpreted these ideas over time while determining how you can make a difference at Furman and in the world.
Finding Your Life Purpose is a year-long academic program that will provide you with the opportunity to fulfill two graduation requirements:
During the Fall 2014 semester, you will take FYS 1103: Finding Your Life Purpose (which fulfills the first-year seminar graduation requirement). You will spend the semester engaging in vocational exploration and will be guided through critical reflection on the diverse
nature of your calling in life. You will learn more about yourself, your beliefs, and your own sense of calling while studying the vocational stories of others which may assist you with further defining your own sense of purpose.
- During the Spring 2015 semester, you will take FYW 1238: The Way of Wisdom (which fulfills the first-year writing intensive seminar graduation requirement). You will spend the semester exploring the world's "wisdom" traditions through an examination of various religious texts while trying to make sense of suffering and injustice. You will work to define what a successful and happy life looks like and how you might pursue that goal in your own life.
Engaging Your Life Purpose Beyond the Classroom
Finding Your Life Purpose will invite you to spend your first year of college engaging in various vocational exploration and reflective activities such as a student retreat in the nearby mountains, a pilgrimage hike in Table Rock State Park, meals and mentoring with faculty guests, and other unique opportunities. These events are sponsored by Furman's Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection and connect you with class discussions, readings, and films.