Julia Roberts Furman University

Class of 2016
Hometown: Boone, N.C.

As a political science major, I've been given the opportunity to concentrate in public policy. That's what I'm passionate about. I'm using it to study intergenerational poverty and social immobility.

Life as a Political Science Major

  • Why did you decide to come to Furman?

      Scholarships. The student-to-faculty ratio. But most of all, I really felt at home on the campus. I remember driving around with the window down one evening and thinking that this place felt like a good spot to spend the next four years.

  • Why did you decide to be a Political Science major?

      I'm passionate about social justice, poverty issues and structural change.

  • Best experience in the department:

      My public policy class has been really fun, especially with the group study sessions.

  • Favorite class:

      Introduction to American Government. The course had a service component where we had to volunteer at the Greenville Literacy Association. It was also an election year so we talked about that. We had to read the newspaper consistently and were held accountable for what it said, not just taking it at face value. We considered the spin of the story and formulated our own opinions.

  • Career goals:

      I'm considering graduate school, where I could study public policy or sociology in more depth. I've thought about becoming a professor, working in government or leading an organization to influence policy. I don't want to work just for myself. I want to have an impact on the world. That underlines anything I'd want to do, even though I haven't decided yet.

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Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Visit the majors page on the website. You can view the courses for each major, and determine which topics are interesting to you.

  • Studying:

      Mix it up. Maybe go to a coffee shop to get off campus. Or study with friends on campus. The most important thing is to stay organized.

  • Getting involved on campus:

      Try a lot of things. Don't be afraid to try something new because that keeps people from getting involved in things they would enjoy.

  • Making friends:

      I made friends through the organizations that I'm involved in. It helps to be really open and realize that everyone's in the same boat as a freshman.

  • Living on campus:

      It's a really good experience living in a residence hall. You make a lot of close-knit friends.

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