Finding Your Life Purpose Engaged Living Furman University

Consider what it means to live a life of significance while answering critical questions such as "What gives my life meaning and direction?" and "What am I called to do and be?" Examine diverse perspectives of the ways individuals and communities have interpreted these ideas over time while determining how you can make a difference at Furman and in the world.

Spend your first year of college engaging in meaningful vocational exploration and reflective activities such as a student retreat in the nearby mountains, a pilgrimage hike in Table Rock State Park, meals and mentoring with faculty guests, and other unique opportunities. These events are sponsored by Furman's Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection and connect you with class discussions, readings, and films.


Fall: FYS 1103: Finding Your Life Purpose (which fulfills the first-year seminar graduation requirement) guides you to explore your vocation and critically reflect on the diverse nature of your calling in life. Learn more about yourself, your beliefs, and your own sense of calling while studying the vocational stories of others.

Spring: FYW 1238: The Way of Wisdom (which fulfills the first-year writing intensive seminar graduation requirement) explores the world's "wisdom" traditions through an examination of various religious texts while trying to make sense of suffering and injustice. You will work to define what a successful and happy life looks like and how you might pursue that goal in your own life.

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