Xiaoman Dong

Xiaoman Dong '15
Hometown: Xi'an, China

When you're willing to get lost in the woods and think about yourself and not be worried about direction, that's philosophy.

Why Philosophy? It's so fascinating. I wasn't sur​e at first, but after taking Dr. Simmons' Introduction to Philosophy class and talking with Dr. Shanier it just got me to really think about basic problems that everyone ignores in daily life.

Life as a Philosophy Major

  • Why Furman:

      Martha Kimmel, Furman's coordinator for international recruitment, came to my school in China and we had a great talk. She's so nice and told me all these things about Furman that I liked so I decided to come.

  • Best experience in the department:

      In Dr. Simmons' 19th century philosophy class we walked into the woods and he told us philosophy isn't what you do in class it's what you do in life. When you're willing to get lost in the woods and think about yourself and not be worried about direction, that's philosophy.

  • Study away experience:

      I did the Religion and Art in Turkey May Experience and it was amazing. Those are topics I don't have time to study because I'm a double major, so doing something outside my typical major was really great.

Best of List

  • Best thing about Greenville:

      Downtown looks really beautiful. I went to New York and it's so busy and everyone's ignoring each other. In Greenville it's small and everyone's really nice. There are horse-drawn carriages and they randomly host concerts, it's fantastic.

  • Biggest challenge:

      Writing essays. The philosophy major is writing and reading intensive and putting my thoughts into words is hard. Furman provides resources to overcome it. I talk to my professors and they give me helpful advice and I go to the writing consultant in the Studio Lab. They're really helpful in terms of grammar and structure and I also read secondary sources from the library.

  • Favorite activity:

      Taking pictures around campus. I've had the chance to get them published on Furman's website.

  • Favorite place to eat:

      Coffee Underground, they have really good brownies and it's a cozy place to be.

  • Favorite Furman tradition:

      Getting laked. We try to throw everyone in the lake on their birthday. Even if you don't know the person getting laked, it's fun to go and watch.

Helpful Tips

  • Getting involved on campus:

      Furman does a good job helping you get involved. We have the OrgSync page where you can find every club and email the organizer. If you do that then you get to know different people with the same interests as you.

  • Making friends:

      I think making friends is easy at Furman because everyone's so friendly. Just talk to people you're not close to yet and be welcoming to everyone.

  • Living on campus:

      Everyone's welcoming and friendly so its hard to get in conflict, but if you do you should just communicate with the person instead of just thinking about your problem. If you have trouble doing that we have resident advisors and first-year advisors who are good at helping you solve the problem.

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