Kenzie Rickman Music Furman University

Class of 2014
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.

I love performing with our marching band—the Paladin Regiment. Our halftime shows are enjoyable because we dance at least once in every show.

Life as a Music Major

  • Why Furman?
      I was introduced to Furman in eighth grade because the South Carolina All-State Clinic was held here. I came here every March and fell in love with the campus. As I was researching colleges in high school, I realized I liked the look and feel of Furman. I also really admired the flute professor, so it seemed like a perfect fit.
  • Favorite class:
      General linguistics. If I weren't a music major, I would try to do something with linguistics. I love breaking down a language to its smallest form and building it up again.
  • Favorite professor:
      My flute professor: Cynthia Hopkins. I knew her before I came to Furman and she's a wonderful teacher and performer. She really cares about her students and she's there for us whenever we need her.
  • Study away experience:
      I went on a May Experience class called "Impressionism in France." It wasn't focused solely on music making, but I got to take a lesson with a flutist from the Paris Conservatory.

Best of List

  • Favorite activity:
      Hanging out with my friends. They're a wonderful group of people and spending time with them is always a lot of fun.
  • Best thing about Greenville:
      The atmosphere. I don't know if you'd call it quaint because it's not necessarily a small town, but it feels cozy. You feel at home here.
  • Favorite place to eat:
      Coffee Underground. The food is delicious and you can go there late at night. They also have a stage area. They'll often have live music and plays.

Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:
      Find your passion. The struggle to understand a concept or learn something is easier when you love what you're doing.
  • Studying:
      Turn off all forms of social media and don't even let yourself go near Facebook or Tumblr.
  • Living on campus:
      A lot of people struggle with having a roommate for the first time. Don't be afraid to be open up and be honest about conflicts and different living styles. Just talk it out because it makes everything a lot less stressful.

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