Name: Natalee Oldham
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Major: Non-teaching education
Expected Graduation: 2014
Clubs & Organizations
  • Admission ambassadors
  • Student Government Association
  • Chi Omega

Meet Natalee

When you're a student at Furman, you're not just a social security number. You're an individual. You get to know your professors and classmates because there aren't hundreds of students in every class. You can even set aside time to just visit and have a conversation with your professors. At Furman, the faculty want you to excel.

Best of list

show Best study location:

    I love the library's education center. The room has big, comfy chairs with small tables for your notes and books. It's a quiet place to study.

show Favorite activity:

    Going into downtown Greenville and hanging out with friends. It's very safe to walk around, and it can be a great stress reliever when you want to get away from campus.

show Biggest challenge:

    Leaving my twin sister because we had never been apart for more than than a week. But I quickly found great friends and a second family here at Furman.

show Favorite class:

    Students with Exceptionalities: I loved this course because it allowed me to do field research at the Meyer Center, which provides early childhood education and therapy to children with mixed disabilities. I was able to get a hands-on experience and I fell in love with the special needs children.

show Favorite tradition:

    Last day of class. The student activities board puts on a big celebration outside the library. They have giveaways, face painting, balloon animals, and raffles for items like iPads and Kindles. The seniors get to swim in the main fountain in front of the library. I can't wait to be a senior!

show Best dining spot:

    I love Furman's "DH." We have a great staff who listen to what the students want. They come to student government meetings once a month and we take what we've heard from the student body and share it with them. There are also comment cards that students can fill out. The dining hall's staff really take those comments into consideration.

Helpful Tips

show Choosing a major:

    Do what you love most. Furman gives you so many opportunities to do that. If you aren't sure what you want to do as a freshman, it's OK because you don't have to declare until the end of your sophomore year.

show Studying:

    Study with your friends from class. It's easier to study when you're with a group of friends because you won't be thinking about what everyone else is doing. It's also helpful to study in a group because you can talk through the problems and learn something you might not have known.

show Getting involved:

    Take advantage of all Furman has to offer. There are over 120 organizations, so you will definitely find something you enjoy on campus.

show Making friends:

    Everyone is nervous their first couple of days, so just be yourself. You'll find students you can connect with. Cherish the friendships you make in college. These are the best four years of your life and you'll be spending it with some great friends!

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