Scarlet Sellers Furman University

Name: Scarlet Sellers
Hometown: Florence, S.C.
Major: Biology
Expected graduation:2014
Clubs & organizations
  • Research

Meet Scarlet

For the past two summers, I've been doing research in New Mexico with Dr. Travis Perry. We are using cameras to estimate mountain lion populations in the region. It was an awesome opportunity. That's not something you can get at any school, especially as an undergraduate.

Life as a biology major

  • Why did you decide to come to Furman?

      Furman seemed like a great school that was close to my hometown. When I visited, I was amazed by how beautiful the campus is. It also seemed like a place where academics are a priority.

  • Why did you decide to be a biology major:

      Since I was a kid, I knew that I wanted a career where I could work with animals. I've always wanted to do wildlife biology, and go into research. It was great to come here and already know what I wanted to do. Basically, that gave me a head start.

  • Best experience in the department:

      For the past two summers, I've been doing research in New Mexico with Dr. Travis Perry. We are using cameras to estimate mountain lion populations in the region. It was an awesome opportunity. That's not something you can get at any school, especially as an undergraduate.

  • Favorite professor:

      Dr. Travis Perry

  • Career goals:

      I want to get into wildlife biology. I'd love to do field research on animals, specifically with large carnivores.

Best of List

  • Best study location:

      Find the hidden nooks in the library. If you can get one, you can get away from the rest of campus. It's a nice spot if you really need to get some work done.

  • Favorite activity:

      Hanging out with the other biology students. We have a lot of things in common, and I've worked with a few of them on my research.

  • Best thing about Greenville:

      Downtown. They have a lot of nice restaurants down there, and Falls Park on the Reedy River is a great place to hang out on the weekends.

  • Biggest challenge:

      Handling all of your class work. It's a pretty rigorous curriculum, but I think I've learned more here than I would anywhere else. Balancing that with my research can be tough, but I think it's worth it in the end. You'll establish a strong work ethic.

  • Favorite Furman tradition:

      Quesadilla Thursday. That's when Dining Hall serves its quesadillas.

Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Pick something that you're really interested in. If you really love what you're doing, it'll pay off more in the end. Ask your professors for their opinions and get a sense of what their field is like.

  • Studying:

      Setting aside a time to get work done really helps. Writing out a schedule or a list of things to do makes me feel accomplished because I get to cross things off my list.

  • Making friends:

      Be open. Go to different events and don't be afraid to meet new people. Have an open mind about their interests and let them know what yours are, too. Furman is definitely a social campus, so it's not hard to make friends if you put in the effort.

  • What isn't in the brochure:

      I wish I knew so many opportunities were open to me. I was worried when I got here that I wouldn't be able to explore my interests in wildlife biology, but once I got here, I realized there were tons of ways for me to get involved in that field.

  • Living on campus:

      I lived in Lakeside my freshman year. It's nice to look out on the lake, and it was a pretty tight knit community. You could always see your friends passing through the hallway.

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