Name: Katie Smithgall
Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.
Major: Economics and communication studies
Expected graduation: 2014
Clubs & organizations
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alumni Council
  • Shucker Leadership
  • Heller Service Corps
  • Admission ambassador
  • Consultant in the Studio Lab

Meet Katie

Our alumni are incredible. They're really involved in homecoming as well as all the different internship and networking events. You really feel like you're part of a family because of them.

Best of list


show Best study location:

    The Lakeside Parlors. It's quiet down there, and I don't have to leave my residence hall. I can just grab my books and go. When I'm in my room, it's too easy to take study breaks. It's a little secluded at the lake, so I don't get distracted.

show Favorite activity:

    Running around campus and the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

show Best thing about Greenville:

    It's a very active community. There's always something to do whether it's going downtown for dinner, visiting the farmer's market, running a 5K, or attending a concert.

show Biggest challenge:

    Learning that the humidity in Greenville will make your hair crazy regardless of how much time you spend making it straight.

show Favorite place to eat:

    Smoke on the Water. They have a pretty large menu so there's always something that sounds good.

show Favorite class:

    Political Economy of the Mass Media: It combined my interests in economics and politics within a communication class.

show Favorite Furman tradition:

    Homecoming. One of my favorite traditions is when we burn a stuffed animal representing the other school's mascot in front of the library.

show Best campus dining spot:

    The salad bar in the Pala Den.

Helpful Tips


show Choosing a major:

    Don't declare right away. Take classes that sound interesting and talk with your professors to learn what you're truly passionate about.

show Studying:

    Be deliberate about where you study. If you know you get distracted with your friends, don't study with your friends. If the library is too social, don't go to the library. You'll save so much time that way.

show Getting involved:

    Go to the clubs fair and sign up for everything that sounds interesting. After you go to the first meetings, you'll start to figure out which clubs you actually want to stick with.

show Making friends:

    Leave your door open when you're in your residence hall. People will peek their heads inside and it leads to some really fun conversations.

show Living on campus:

    Get plugged in with your neighbors, especially on your freshman hall.

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