Olivia Martins

Olivia Martins

  • Email: olivia.martins@furman.edu
  • Major: Politics and International Affairs, Latin American Studies Minor, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Minor
  • Hometown: Acton, MA
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Why Furman? I chose Furman because of the community atmosphere I felt when I visited campus. As a student, I have found that this community is truly what makes Furman special. Throughout my time at Furman I have met peers who have become my closest friends and professors who have become my greatest mentors. I have found my Furman Family and I know that no matter where life takes me during my time at Furman and beyond I will always have these people behind me supporting me along the way. This community is what I believe is the real Furman Advantage.

Which professor has made the biggest impact on you while at Furman, and why? Dr. Rojas in the Spanish Program is the kind of professor who will change your life through her passion for teaching and her commitment to connecting with her students. I first had her as a professor fall of my sophomore year in Spanish Literature. I was terrified to take the class as I never liked Spanish literature in high school, but with Dr. Rojas this course quickly became my favorite of the semester. She is enthusiastic in the classroom, tirelessly works to make sure all of her students understand the material, and shows nothing but compassion to all those she works with. Dr. Rojas became my advisor for my Latin American Studies minor and she has spent hours of her time graciously helping me through everything from course selections for semesters, to making big life decisions. She has supported me with kindness and advice in times of stress and sadness, and she has celebrated with me in times of joy and accomplishment. Dr. Rojas has helped me better understand myself and what I want for my future. She is someone I admire greatly, I consider her my greatest mentor, and my Furman experience would not be the same without her by my side.

What is your favorite Furman memory? My favorite Furman memory is my May X study abroad experience! After my Freshman year I participated in a May term study away called The Rhine: Life on the Line where I traveled to Germany, France, and Switzerland for three weeks studying the development of politics and culture in the regions around the Rhine River. I traveled with a group of twenty Furman students and two professors exploring the cities of Mainz, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, and Basel with local guides. We had group discussions on the steps of Cathedrals, and did presentations while sipping wine and eating cheese at local restaurants. I was able to learn about new cultures from two Furman professors, bond with Furman students I might not have met outside of this experience, and explore a new part of the world through the lens of cultural studies. My May X expanded my world view, and furthered my interest in international affairs.

What is your favorite thing spot/activity to do in Greenville? I love going downtown with my friends and trying local food spots! Its such a fun way to get off campus for a change of pace and spend quality time with friends. I am a huge foodie and Greenville has such a fun food scene! My favorites include: Spill the Beans, Pomegranate on Main, Southern Pressed Juicery, and Soby's.

In my spare time I like to... In my free time I love to run or walk with a friend around the Furman Lake! It is a wonderful way to catch up with people, enjoy the beauty of Furman's campus, and get some fresh air. You really cannot beat the view of the bell tower particularly at sunset!

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