Adam Lilly Furman University

Class of 2015
Hometown: Elon, N.C.

I took a course called Social Problems, which was based on overconsumption in America. After taking it, I realized the importance of sociology. It helps you understand the world better and gives you a good starting point if you want to do something to improve it.

Life as a Sociology Major

  • Why did you decide to come to Furman?

      My father is a professor at Elon University. Since I did well in high school, he convinced me to apply to Furman because of its academics. When I got here, I really liked it so I'm glad I applied.

  • Why did you decide to be a Sociology major?

      I took a course called Social Problems, which was based on overconsumption in America. After taking it, I realized the importance of sociology. It helps you understand the world better and gives you a good starting point if you want to do something to improve it.

  • Best experience in the department:

      The professors are likable and personable. They care about their classes and the research they're doing. It's cool to see they're invested in their work, but still have time for students.

  • Favorite class:

      Social Problems. I wanted to read everything that was assigned in the course—even the material we weren't required to read—because the topic was so interesting. The class was engaging and made you want to come to class.

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Helpful Tips

  • Choosing a major:

      Choose a major where you get really interested in the classes and want to go to class. Don't choose a major to get a job because, if you're at Furman already, you'll figure out how to be successful in your career. Base your major off your interests.

  • Getting involved on campus:

      Get involved in something. I wouldn't say that getting involved on campus is any more important than getting involved in your community. I've definitely been more involved in the community than at Furman. But you need to do more than just study and hang out with your friends. There's options in Greenville and at Furman to cater to everyone's interests, so don't try to do things just for your resume.

  • Making friends:

      It's easy to make friends at Furman. Just go out and talk to people. Most people are nice here, even people who seem like they wouldn't have much in common with you. Don't limit yourself to one type of person.

  • Living on campus:

      I wish Furman had houses around it that Furman students could rent, but I do like the community of being on campus and having all your friends within walking distance.

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