Kaycie Blankenship

Kaycie Blankenship

Hearst Fellow

  • Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois
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What do you plan to study?

I am majoring in Sustainability Science, and possibly double-majoring in Communications on the Rhetoric and Advocacy track.

Why did you want to be a Hearst Fellow?

I applied for the Hearst Fellowship to be involved in a supportive community with other first-generation college students and to have a support system at Furman dedicated to my success- academically, professionally, and otherwise. It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up!

What has Furman meant to you during this period of change?

Furman has allowed me to continue to socially connect with people even amid a global pandemic. Furman has helped and encouraged me to explore my interests and discover my passions. Entering Furman as a freshman with no idea what I wanted to do with my life or who I wanted to be, Furman has helped me to discover who I am and to be confident in myself.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy walking around campus and taking in its beauty! I love discovering a nice, quiet spot with a view to sit and read- I'm currently reading This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

What's a quirky fact about you, or what would the title of your autobiography be?

I have seen the movie Tangled so many times that I can recite every line verbatim!


In addition to the Hearst Fellows, I am involved in Exploration of Vocation and Ministry, am a consultant-in-training for the Writing and Media Lab, a Resident Assistant, and work on the Furman Farm.