Mary Van Wert Furman University

Class of 2014
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA

By taking on a leadership role as an RA, I've learned how to support people and lead others. I hope that I'll do the same thing with my future career in health sciences.

Life as a Health Sciences Major

  • Why did you decide to come to Furman?

      It was beautiful, and people told me it would be a great undergraduate school that would help me get into medical school. They told me that if I could get into Furman, I should definitely go.

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

      I thought this major was really special because it offered public health and other classes that I wouldn't be able to take in medical school, but that I was still interested in. I considered other majors, but this is where I fit in and really enjoyed all of my classes.

  • Best experience in the department?

      I loved my anatomy classes. I thought they were so cool and the professors were so engaged. It's awesome when you can come to class and have fun.

  • Favorite class?

      Anatomy 2. I really like learning how all the different systems of the body work together.

  • Favorite professor?

      Dr. Matt Feigenbaum

  • Career goals:

      I'm applying to medical school, but I've kept my options open. If that doesn't happen, I'll probably go into a public health graduate program. I want to be a pediatrician.

  • Internship experience:

      I worked in a pediatrician's office, and then earned academic credit as a pediatric summer intern at the Greenville Health System Children's Hospital. I'm also doing the Furman medical program, where you take a rotation of classes, like medical ethics and medical sociology. We shadow at the hospital twice a week.

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Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Dive in and pick something you really like, but don't be afraid to change it if you find it's not exactly what you were looking for. I became a Health Sciences major pretty late in the game, but it's been the best experience. It's important to know you have the ability to change your mind.

  • Studying:

      Learn it on your own and then review it with your friends. If you try and learn with other people in the beginning, it takes twice as long.

  • Getting involved on campus:

      Don't get too involved. Pick something you really like and dedicate yourself to it. Doing one thing well is better than doing a lot of things half-heartedly.

  • Making friends:

      Enjoy your freshman hall. It's a very special time, and some of those people will be your friends for the next four years. And even beyond that. My best friends here are all from my freshman hall.

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