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Get to know Furman from the people who know it best—our students. Our six student bloggers will tell you what it’s really like to experience Furman.
Danai Agakidou ’17
Hometown: Thessaloniki, Greece
Agakidou is a junior from Thessaloniki, Greece. She is a Chemistry major, and conducted research in Dr. Paul Wagenknecht’s lab this past summer. On a daily basis, you will find her giving admission tours, putting on events with the Furman Creative Collaborative, or hanging out in the Trone Student Center studying, laughing, and being loud. She loves watching videos on YouTube, laughing, singing in other people’s cars, eating, and making friends. Oh, and she is proudly the only person on campus who can claim to be Greek but not “Greek.”
Molly Clark ’17
Hometown: Hudson, Ohio
Clark is a Classics and German studies major from Hudson, Ohio. When she is not studying abroad or trying to convince her friends to take classes about dead languages with her, she enjoys filling to-go boxes with cookies and eating them while walking on the treadmill. During her study away trip, she hopes to learn enough German so that she can both confuse and impress her parents when they ask about her plans after Furman.
Leah Portis ’19
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Portis is a freshman planning to major in something that will allow her to teach middle school students because for some reason, she wants to spend the rest of her life dealing with pre-teens. She cares way too much about her Instagram aesthetic, and loves musical theater. She can usually be found pretending like she knows how to tap dance or drinking hot chocolate regardless of the season. In her spare time, she is attempting to learn Portuguese, though her analytic geometry/calculus class may get in the way.
Gar Tate ’17
Hometown: Greer, S.C.
Tate is a junior from Greer, SC. He is a double major in Communication Studies and Computing & Applied Mathematics with hopes of adding a minor in Film Studies. Tate dreams of having a career in television. He likes puns, Amy Poehler, late night Cookout runs, and forcing friends to watch television shows that he likes.
Carryl Tinsley ’16
Hometown: Wilmington, N.C.
Tinsley is a senior Communication Studies and Religion major from Wilmington, N.C. She is in a sorority, but will be disaffiliated this semester to serve as a Pi Chi. She plans to serve as the Religious Council representative for the Exploration of Vocational Ministry, and the Division Head for Children’s Recreation in Heller Service Corps. In the midst of all of this, she will be trying to figure out an answer to the question, “what’s next?” before she graduates in May.
Hayden Wilson ’18
Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
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Hayden Wilson is a sophomore and is currently majoring in violin performance as well as fulfilling the requirements to attend medical school. She has lived in Greenville, S.C. her entire life and couldn’t imagine a better place to be. Hayden says, “I’m the gal you call when in need of concert info, late-night study sessions, and coffee dates. If you ever see me around, be sure to come up and say hi! Chances are I will want to follow you on Instagram!”