Ben Krichman Furman University

Class of 2015
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.

I was like a lot of students at Furman, and wanted to attend a small liberal arts school. I came to Furman because it was a bit further from home and the campus is great. I know everyone says that, but that's because it's true.

Life as a Physics Major

  • Why did you decide to come to Furman?

      I was like a lot of students at Furman, and wanted to attend a small liberal arts school. I came to Furman because it was a bit further from home and the campus is great. I know everyone says that, but that's because it's true.

  • Why did you decide to be a physics major?

      I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but physics is something I'm good at and that I enjoy. Eventually, I want to pursue engineering, so physics seemed like a great option to prepare me for that.

  • Best experience in the department?

      Cookouts at the professors' houses.

  • Favorite class

      Mechanics, with Dr. David Moffett. It was right up my alley. I'm interested in how engineering concepts and math applications can be applied to moving bodies and physical structures and that's exactly what this class was about.

  • Career goals

      I'm planning to attend graduate school, and hoping to go into aerospace engineering.

  • Research/Internship experience

      After my sophomore year, I did an internship – an undergraduate research program at Clemson University--through an endowment that reserves spots for Furman students each year. I researched materials composite, structure and formation of composite materials. It was kind of a blend between physics, and chemistry. Before my senior year, I worked at Florida State doing the same program, studying sensor designs for autonomous vehicles.

Best of List

  • Best study location:

      Definitely the physics lounge in Townes Science Center. Only physics students have access to it.

  • Best thing about Greenville:

      I love downtown Greenville. There's great food, and great shops. It's a great scene downtown, a place where you want to hang out on the weekends.

  • Biggest challenge:

      Time management. You can get pulled into so many different activities at Furman. You have to find a balance and choose not to do some things.

  • Favorite Furman tradition:

      I've always been a fan of Homecoming week. People actually leave their apartments or the library, even if only for a little bit.

Helpful Tips

  • Studying:

      Sitting down and opening your books is the hardest part.

  • Getting involved on campus:

      Furman makes it easy to get involved, but you have to take the first step. Most people notice the Greek life community here. But there's a lot going on at Furman.

  • Living on campus:

      Take advantage of the fact that you're living in close proximity to so many other people. When you're in South Housing, you're around most of the other freshmen on campus – that will definitely help you make friends.

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