Victoria Strait Furman University

Class of 2015
Hometown: Bluffton, SC

For the past two summers, I have done astro-related research. I spent my first summer in Boulder, Colo. predicting geomagnetic storms and conducting solar research. I spent the next summer writing a star galaxy separator in Davis, Calif.

Life as a Physics Major

  • Why did you decide to come to Furman

      I wanted to stay in South Carolina, and Furman met my financial needs. I liked the smallness and the close-knit community feel of it.

  • Why did you decide to be a physics major?

      I have always been interested in science and I had a couple great teachers in high school that got me interested in physics.

  • Best experience in the department?

      I've enjoyed conversations with the professors and how close we have all become, since there are only 12 graduating seniors in our department.

  • Favorite professor

      That's hard. I would say Dr. Susan D'Amato because she goes above and beyond for her students. She puts a lot of time into her classes and is really invested.

  • Career goals

      I'm planning to attend graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics.

  • Research/Internship experience

      For the past two summers, I have done astro-related research. I spent my first summer in Boulder, Colo. predicting geomagnetic storms and conducting solar research. I spent the next summer writing a star galaxy separator in Davis, Calif.

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Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Go with your gut and don't put too much pressure on the decision. You can always change it.

  • Studying:

      Set some of your day aside for studying and find a good location.

  • Getting involved on campus:

      Get involved early—but don't sign up for everything. Instead, choose a few things that appeal to you.

  • What isn't in the brochure:

      Everyone is really friendly and tries to get to know you!

  • Living on campus:

      I lived in Blackwell Hall as a freshman, which really encouraged me to make friends. On-campus housing is definitely a good thing because you're closer to everyone and don't have to drive. You're always in close proximity to your friends.

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