A student’s first year is an opportunity to discover their skills, interests, values, identity, and goals. This exploration process sta​​rts by taking a collection of GER (General Education Requirement) courses in a variety of different academic fields. Through the process of taking these courses students will gain an appreciation for how different disciplines contribute to the understanding of complex situations and systems. Students will also explore different co-curricular options (experiences complementary to the academic program such as art shows, musical performances, mock trial, etc.) and extracurricular options (membership in student organizations, participation in Heller Service Corps, etc.) in order to better understand themselves and their place in the community and beyond. Through exploring the curricular, co-curricular, extracurricular, and social life, students begin to develop a sense of belonging and to integrate themselves into the Furman community. The hope is that the student begins to discover the “why to do” behind the “what to do.”

Potential Advising Topics of Discussion in the First Year:

  • Why did you choose Furman? What excites you about being here?
  • What matters to you? Whom do you admire?
  • What is your biggest fear in coming to Furman? What challenges do you anticipate?
  • What and who are resources to help you navigate those challenges?
  • What would you like to explore and learn more about?
  • What academic skills and abilities do you want or need to develop?
  • What co-curricular and extracurricular activities reflect your interests and values? What CLP or other events might you attend? How might these events complement your academic plan?
  • How might you manage your classes and other activities without overextending yourself? How will you organize and manage your time?
  • How will you maintain a healthy lifestyle?
  • How have you sought out and talked with faculty outside of class?
  • If you received a disappointing grade in a class, have you reached out to your academic advisor and/or professor to discuss it?
  • Do you feel like Furman is a place where you feel like you belong? Have you found faculty/staff/peers who help you feel like you belong and are a part of the Furman community?
  • Have you sought out campus employment or leadership opportunities?

Year One Recommend Activities for Advisees (Fall Term)

Year One Recommend Activities for Advisees (Spring Term)


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