Wenhui Qiu '16
Furman is very beautiful and the admission office made us feel at home, which is very important for international students.
Life as a Communication Studies Major
- Why did you decide to come to Furman?
I went to a Canadian high school and, initially, I wanted to go to a Canadian university. But after visiting the University of California at Berkeley, I decided I wanted to attend a college in the United States. I was looking for a small school without a huge Chinese population. Furman is very beautiful and the admission office made us feel at home, which is very important for international students.
- Why did you decide to be a Communication Studies major?
I want to pursue a career in creative industry management, which is a relatively new field. It focuses on a combination of business and communications, so majoring in Communication Studies was the right fit for me. It's an interesting field because culture is becoming more and more important in China.
- Best experience in the department:
Last semester, I took public speaking with Dr. Letteri. Before taking that course, my friends told me that he is a very challenging professor. I thought I could learn something from him and that he would be a good teacher. He definitely challenged us, but he taught us a lot of stuff and went out of his way to help us understand important concepts.
- Favorite class:
- Career goals:
My plan is to attend graduate school in Great Britain because creative industry management is a major focus there. After graduate school, I plan to go back to China or somewhere in Asia, hopefully working at a television station or entertainment company.
Best of List
- Favorite activity:
Tutoring. I tutor a lot of students in Chinese, economics, and mathematics. Through tutoring, I've made a lot of friends and I enjoy teaching the Chinese culture and Chinese language.
- Best thing about Greenville:
It's safe. In China, especially my hometown, it's not that safe. But here, I don't worry about that. My friend lost his credit card, but people sent it back to him. That's a really amazing thing. I've never experienced that.
- Biggest challenge:
The language problem and the cultural differences. I can communicate with people in English without any problems, but cultural things are harder to connect on. I'm still learning more about American culture.
- Favorite Furman tradition:
For me, college traditions are new so they're all very interesting. The midnight breakfast during exam week was really surprising to me.
- Choosing a major:
Take a wide variety of classes so you know what you can do. You can always ask for help from your professors or advisors, so don't hesitate to do that.
Furman is a challenging college so you have to learn how to manage your time more effectively. Some students would only study with no social activities, but other kids are the opposite. You have to learn to balance your time so you can have fun and study at the same time.
- Getting involved on campus:
Even though Furman is a small school, we still have a lot of activities and organizations. For most interests, it's not hard to get into an organization or participate in activities. Don't worry about the requirements to get into the organization or activity.
- Making friends:
Everyone knows everyone else. So even if I don't know a person, my friends probably know them. We can make friends easily here since it is a small community.
- What isn't in the brochure:
College life can be more difficult than you think, but it can also be more fun than you think. It all depends on how you handle it.
- Living on campus:
Furman is not a big campus so no matter where you live, you will be able to find your friends pretty easily.