Kenzie Rickman Music Furman University

Name: Kenzie Rickman
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Major: Flute performance
Expected graduation: 2014
Clubs & organizations:
  • Wind ensemble
  • Symphonic band
  • Furman Symphony Orchestra
  • Paladin Regiment
  • Furman Madrigals
  • Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • Furman Quidditch Team
  • Sigma Alpha lota

Meet Kenzie

I love performing with our marching band—the Paladin Regiment. Our halftime shows are enjoyable because we dance at least once in every show. It's thrilling to go on the field and put that much energy into something. The highlight this year was our performance to "Smooth Criminal."

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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