Class of 2014
I was also attracted to Furman because it's a small school. I liked the idea of having small classes where you could interact more with faculty.
Life as a Mathematics Major
- Why did you decide to come to Furman?
It was the best financial decision that I could make because I received scholarships to attend Furman. However, I was also attracted to it because it's a small school. I liked the idea of having small classes where you could interact more with faculty.
- Why did you decide to be a mathematics major?
I was originally a physics and music major as a freshman. But when I decided to take the one math class I needed for my degree, and I liked it so much that I decided to major in it. Dr. Harris was a big reason for that.
- Best experience in the department:
I really like the fall and spring picnics every year. We play corn hole and the professors cook food for us. Their homemade ice cream is the best part.
- Favorite class:
- Favorite professors:
Dr. Hutson and Dr. Harris. They are both willing to take the time to help students out and they're both really good at explaining things.
- Career goals:
- Internship experience:
As a sophomore, I did research in the math department with Dr. Harris and Dr. Hutson. We did sports analytics research and tried to find a better method to predict bowl games in college football. I also went to MIT before my senior year to participate in a summer research program on theoretical astrophysics, specifically on black holes.
- Study away experience:
I participated in the East of the Rhine program in Fall 2011, which was a history and political science program led by Dr. Bressler and Dr. Fehler. I was able to participate in the program even though I'm not a history or political science major. I'm glad I did it because it was a great experience.
Best of List
- Choosing a major:
Don't wait until the last minute to study, even though I always do.
- Getting involved on campus:
Don't get too involved. You'll probably get excited about all the things you can do here, but it can become overwhelming if you sign up for too much.
- Making friends:
For the first few weeks of the semester, try sitting with random people in the dining hall. I did that as a freshman and ended up sitting with someone who told me about a lot of research opportunities that I eventually pursued at Furman.