Clare Furman University

Class of 2017
Hometown: Greenville, SC

I wanted to follow my passion in college, which is theatre. The Furman program gives me the opportunity to learn not just acting, but every element of the theatre world.

Life as a Theatre Arts Major

  • Why did you decide to come to Furman?

      I grew up just thirty minutes away, so I initially didn't want to come to Furman. However I came to Fall for Furman and my gut just told me that this is where I needed to be. Everything from that point forward fell into place.

  • Why did you decide to be a theatre arts major?

      I wanted to follow my passion in college, which is theatre. The Furman program gives me the opportunity to learn not just acting, but every element of the theatre world. That is what drew me into the program at Furman.

  • Best experience in the department:

      It's hard to narrow down to just one, because I have had so many amazing experiences in our department. From winning a dart game to studying abroad in the British Isles (and performing on The Globe stage).

      The first show I was in at Furman, three friends and I would have a dance party as our warm-up before every performance. Not only did I find three of my best friends during those pre-show dance parties, but it solidified every reason why I came to Furman.

  • Favorite professor:

      That's way too hard. I love each of my professors for different reasons. They each bring a different aspect to learning and care deeply about me as a person, my education, and my well-being. Every professor here is amazing.

  • Career goals:

      Ultimate goal: to make people happy
      Dream job: Broadway Actor
      Realistic goal: Speech Therapist that uses theatre techniques to help kids learn

Best of List

  • Best study location:

      I love studying in the Trone Center by the student life area. It has giant windows that are excellent for light and people watching.

      If you are trying to get a lot of work done in solitude, go to the back left corner on the top level of the library.

  • Favorite activity:

      Rollerblading around the lake, having dance parties, or eating Chipotle.

  • Best thing about Greenville:

      The fact that you are ten minutes away from the mountains and ten minutes away from a beautiful downtown. You are an hour and a half from three major cities (Charlotte, Columbia, and Atlanta). Greenville is a "medium city," a lot of things to do, but never overwhelming.

  • Biggest challenge:

      I always want things to be perfect the first time I do it. I am slowly learning that it is better to just try, not necessarily to do things perfectly the first time. Margaret (our Costume Design professor) gave me a piece of advise that I am eternally grateful for. While I was painting bricks for my Stagecraft class, Margaret reminded me that "Nothing is precious." That motto has helped me endlessly. I got a 100% on the bricks too, so that was super exciting!

  • Favorite Furman tradition:

      I have two:
      1. Midnight Serenade (I won't give any secrets away - just wait for Fall Orientation) 
      2. LDOC (Last Day of Classes) when all the Seniors jump in the fountains. 

Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Go with your gut and remember to "do what you love and love what you do." If you are passionate about what you are doing, you will be happy. You can get a job doing almost anything and for some people, your job hasn't been created yet. Do what you love. 

  • Studying:

      Don't get stressed out. It will all get done eventually. Don't cram and memorize, but just learn the information. 

  • Getting involved on campus:

      Don't just do what your friends are doing because you may surprise yourself and find friends in a new activity. Realize that you only have four years at college and choose activities that will fill those four years with everything you want to do. Get ready at the beginning of the year because there are a lot of opportunities to do things.

  • Making friends:

      Know that everyone comes to college wanting friends. No one says, "Nope. Not gonna​ make any friends today." Do not be afraid to go out on a limb with people. Be yourself and people will naturally gravitate towards your greatness. 

  • Living on campus:

      Take advantage of everything Furman has to offer. Walk around our beautiful campus all the time. Go to as many events as you can - when are you going to be able to walk just 50 feet and see an amazing concert? Also, as a Theatre Arts major, take advantage of as many CLPs as you can when you are not in a show.


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