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Summer Connections

Due to COVID-19, Furman University’s Summer Connections program is postponed until August 2020.

Each summer, we gather a group of thoughtful, mature, and open-minded students who are willing to be stretched beyond their individual comfort zones. Guided by experienced Furman teachers and mentors and stimulated by new friends of different backgrounds, you will learn to be more appreciative of your own “life stories” as you discover that discernment of personal vocation yields authenticity and fulfillment.

Make the CONNECTIONS with friends, mentors and the special place that will soon become your home away from home. 

Summer Connections is a fun and inspiring weeklong program that aims to guide you in discerning your vocation and provides opportunities for growth. Classes and workshops, journaling exercises, and community engagement are just a few ways in which you’ll begin to understand your path. You’ll also continue to be enriched and supported by the friends and mentors you make at Summer Connections over the next four years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a typical day?

The days vary during the week, but a typical day might include the following:

  • Morning Reflection
  • Community Service
  • A Class with a Furman Professor
  • Enneagram Workshop
  • Evening Activity
  • Family Groups
  • Meals
  • Free time
How much does it cost?

Thanks to support from generous donors, the program is offered at no cost to accepted students.

Is this a religious program?

The program welcomes participants of any faith perspective and tradition. While the topic of religion naturally comes up in discussion of calling and vocation, no attempt is made to indoctrinate or change the religious beliefs of students. Students are offered ways to use their beliefs in discovery and analysis of their individual life’s goals and meanings.

What about Summer Orientation?

We recommend that all students attending Summer Connections also sign up for the Summer Orientation session immediately following the program. For more information, please visit the Summer Orientation page.

What have past participants said about their experiences?

“Great program that I would recommend to most incoming freshmen. It really helps build a foundation for freshman year.”

“This program was amazing. I can truly say that I learned more about myself as a whole as well as caring about other people.”

“The service to the community, the discussions, and activities were all that I hoped they would be. I really liked the mix of fun and serious stuff that we did; our days were full, but not exhausting.”

“I’m very grateful for this program. It was invaluable and will help me throughout the next four years at Furman and even after I graduate.”

How can I find out more?

Visit our Cothran Center Facebook Page to see pictures from last year’s Summer Connections program, as well as photos from many other Cothran Center events. You can also follow us on Instagram @CothranCenter.

For additional information or questions regarding Summer Connections, contact the program coordinator, Rolyn Rollins, at rolyn.rollins@furman.edu or 864.294.2427.

How do I apply for this program?

Apply now.

Space is limited. Participants are selected on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.