Kailie Melchior Furman University

Class of 2016
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The people in my major—the Theatre Arts department's faculty and students—are awesome. I can walk into The Playhouse at any time and find people to hang out with.

Life as a Theatre Arts Major

  • Why did you decide to come to Furman?

      I was really interested in theatre arts, and Furman provided the setting that I was looking for. I wanted to go to a small school where I could build relationships with my teachers.

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

      I want to go to law school, so I had a lot of flexibility in choosing my major. I figured I could do something I love as an undergraduate student.

      The people in my major—the Theatre Arts department's faculty and students—are awesome. I can walk into The Playhouse at any time and find people to hang out with. It's very much like a family.

  • Best experience in the department:

      I won Theatre Darts one time. It was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

  • Favorite professor:

      Dr. Elizabeth Smith. She teaches Introduction to American Government.

  • Career goals:

      I want to work for Amnesty International. I've always been interested in human rights—I think it has a lot do with how I was raised. If you're not doing something to make a difference in the community, then you're not doing what you came to Furman for.

Best of List

  • Best study location:

      I've really been digging the new design of the Trone Student Center. It's nice and cozy, and the chairs are really comfortable in the main lobby.

  • Favorite activity:

      I love running around campus. I like running on the Swamp Rabbit Trail because it forces you to run longer.

  • Best thing about Greenville:

      The food. They have awesome food scene here, and downtown is awesome. Chicora Alley is my favorite spot.

  • Biggest challenge:

      Finding time to do everything. You want to be involved in everything, but it's tough to balance academics with your extracurricular activities.

  • Favorite Furman tradition:

      After opening night for every show, we go to Steak and Shake.

Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Take as many different classes as you can the first couple semesters so you can fulfill your general education requirements. Sometimes, professors and classes can completely change the way you think about what you want to do.

  • Studying:

      Manage your time well. Trying to get everything done at 10:30 pm probably won't go well for you. Also, if you study with people, they'll keep you awake. So if you need to stay up late, find a friend to keep you company.

  • Getting involved on campus:

      Go to the Activities Fair as a freshman, and sign up for everything. You may not do everything, but people will email you, and you can try it out and see if you like it.

  • Making friends:

      The more things you get involved with, the more people you'll meet and get to know.

  • Living on campus:

      I think it's cool to live close to each other on the hall and get to know everyone. It's better than living off campus cause you can always just walk across the hall and talk to someone.


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