Elizabeth Hawthorne

Elizabeth Hawthorne Martin

Director of Recruitment

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Hometown: Clemson, S.C.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Furman University; Masters of Business Administration, Clemson University

Favorite Activity in Greenville: On the weekends, I love to go for a long walk or a bike ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail! It's a great way to explore both Greenville and Traveler's Rest, and there are countless great restaurants to explore along the way.

Favorite Greenville Restaurant: Brick Street Café! (Make sure to try the Sweet Potato Cake!)

Favorite Furman Tradition: Every year at graduation, Furman professors line the entrance to the stadium to cheer for the graduating seniors as they walk into the ceremony that serves as the culmination of their college careers. I’ve always loved the symbolism and sincerity of the literal wall of support that guides Furman seniors to the next chapter of their lives. At my own graduation, the hugs, cheers, and well-wishes that I received as I made that final walk into the stadium meant the world to me.

Best Thing about Furman: My favorite thing about Furman is its community. From the moment I stepped onto campus my freshman year, I could feel myself become a part of the Furman family. Professors went out of their way to get to know me, challenging and encouraging me through my four years on campus and beyond. In my classmates, I found unshakeable support and lifelong friendships. Furman’s network of professors, staff, students, alumni, and community members made the campus my home. I feel so honored to be a part of the Furman family. Once a Paladin, always a Paladin.

Best Piece of Advice for Prospective Students: Make sure to visit the colleges at the top of your list. While you’re there, tour the campus, have lunch in the dining hall, meet with a professor, attend a class, and spend some time with current students. It’s hard to get a sense of a school’s “personality” from pictures and brochures. In my own college search, I found getting a glimpse inside the world of a current student helped me find the campus where I felt most at home.

Random Fun Fact about You: In high school, I worked as a ballroom dance instructor.