› Academics » Physics » Victoria Strait Home Prospective Students Career Opportunities Program Overview Engineering Dual Degree Course Sequences Meet Our Faculty Research Opportunities Facilities Townes Science Center Timmons Planetarium Astronomy Labs Computer Lab Optics Labs Contact Physics Plan a Visit ›Apply Now ›Give to Furman › Main Content Column 1 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. Best of List Favorite Activity: Hiking in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. Best thing about Greenville: Downtown is great. I like the area, Falls Park, and the proximity to the mountains. Favorite place to eat: Thaicoon Best campus dining spot: Einstein Bros. Bagels 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.