Erika Shaver Furman University

Class of 2014
Hometown: Dayton, OH

My freshman year I had the opportunity to compete for USA track and field at an international competition in Colombia, South America for race walking, and the health sciences department has been one of my biggest supporters. 

Life as a Health Sciences Major

  • Why did you decide to be a health sciences major?

      I knew I was going to be a health science major coming to Furman, but it's been reaffirmed every year. I love the professors. They're absolutely fantastic and really encouraging. They're willing to let students be a part of really awesome projects.

  • Best experience in the department:

      One year I went to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference with Dr. Caterisano. He showed me around and introduced me to a lot of the professionals he knew, and people would come and talk to me about the poster I had set up. It was a really neat way to gain experience with the professional world.

  • Favorite professor:

      Dr. Hutchison, but Dr. Dripps is a close second. Dr. Hutchison is excited every day and makes me want to learn. Dr. Dripps did the same, and they were both very good about keeping up with media and current events as opposed to teaching straight from a textbook.

  • Internship experience:

      Last summer I was an intern for the wellness coordinator at the Clemson Area Retirement Center. In addition to shadowing physical therapy sessions and exercise classes that the wellness coordinator taught, my big project was to create an employee wellness program.

  • Study away experience:

      I'm doing the India study abroad program in the fall with the Asian Studies and Religion departments. One of the Asian Studies professors has a graduate degree in nutrition and global health so while half of the course will be on the religion and history of India, the other half will be on the poverty, urbanization, and how gender affects the health status of India.

Best of List

  • Best study location:

      The bookstore. It's like being in a coffee shop on campus.They usually have a chill radio station going and sometimes it gets noisy, but when it's quiet it's good.

  • Favorite activity:

      Running trails. Running trails. I run the Furman trails a lot, but when I can I like to do Paris mountain.

  • Best thing about Greenville:

      The downtown's lively, I feel like something's always going on. Falls Park is awesome. I also like the farmer's market and the food atmosphere.

  • Favorite Furman tradition:

      Orientation week. It was like summer camp, just meeting people and having fun.

Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Choose something you're interested in, and talk to professors and students in the major.

  • What isn't in the brochure:

      I was shocked about how many people outside of the South were at Furman.

  • Living on campus:

      One of my best friends is my freshman roommate. Answer honestly on the roommate matching form your first year, and after that choose wisely and make sure you know your roommates.

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