Kayla and Kellie Bingham Furman University

Names: Kayla and Kellie Bingham
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Major: Biology with a minor in science education
Expected graduation: 2014
Clubs & organizations
  • ADPI
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Hollingsworth Scholars
  • FCA
  • College Republicans

Meet Kayla and Kellie

We really wanted to do undergraduate research, and Furman allows you to do that as a freshman. We knew we wanted to go to a private university, and when we compared Furman's classrooms, research facilities and professors to other schools, Furman was the clear choice.

Life as a biology major

  • Why did you decide to come to Furman?

      Kellie: We love the campus. It has the best biology program in the state. You can't beat the academics.

  • Favorite class:

      Kellie: Genetics/Human Physiology

  • Favorite professor:

      Kayla: Dr. Victoria Turgeon

      Kellie: Dr. Jason Rawlings

  • Career goals:

      Kayla: I'd like to attend medical school and then get into dermatology. I don't care if it takes me years, that's what I'm going to do.

      Kellie: I'm interested in plastic surgery, but from the standpoint that I want to help people. I'd like to do things like facial reconstruction for burn victims. I'm not interested in the cosmetic aspect of it.

  • Internship experience:

      Kayla: We've done research for two summers under HHMI, working for Dr. Victoria Turgeon and Dr. Jason Rawlings. We've also worked on a couple political campaigns, and are hoping to do an internship at the Medical University of South Carolina this summer. Research took up a lot of our time, but it was worth it.

Best of List

  • Best study location:

      Kellie: For me, it's back of the library. I like the chairs that are facing the Dining Hall. The new Trone Student Center has fireplaces though, and it's really nice.

      Kayla: I actually prefer the Science Library in the Townes Science Center. It's really quiet and has a lot of tables.

  • Best thing about Greenville:

      Kellie: Food and shopping.

      Kayla: The food is literally incredible. You can get something really cheap and it's still delicious. And then, the expensive stuff is unbelievable.

  • Biggest challenge:

      Kayla: Keeping up with my schoolwork and having a social life. It's difficult, but it's possible.

  • Favorite Furman tradition:

      Kellie: Eating at High Cotton before you get engaged. We told one of my friends that my freshman year, and her boyfriend of six years just proposed to her after taking her there.

  • Best campus dining spot:

      Kellie: Einstein Bros. Bagels

      Kayla: Moe's Southwest Grill

Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Kayla: Take a variety of courses as a freshman to see what you like. Don't feel like you have to come in knowing exactly what you want to do.

      Kellie: Talk to teachers and students to get an idea of what you're interested in.

  • Studying:

      Kayla: Find a study partner.

      Kellie: Get a schedule. Start early and develop a schedule of when your study hours are. Once you do that, it becomes a habit.

  • Getting involved on campus:

      Kayla: Don't overcommit your freshman year. Choose one or two organizations and put all of your energy into them to see if you like them.

      Kellie: It's always better to feel out Furman as a freshman. You don't want to get too involved, too soon.

  • Making friends:

      Kayla: It's so easy because everyone's so nice. I have a variety of friends from various organizations. I can invite different people from different groups, and they'll all get along.

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