Sha'ria Gilyard, Class of 2026, Hearst Fellow

Sha'ria Gilyard

Hearst Fellow

  • Hometown: Saint Matthews, SC
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What do you plan to study?

Biology, Pre-med Track

Why did you want to be a Hearst Fellow?

I wanted to be a Hearst Fellow because the program stuck out to me in a way that I knew I could be helped. Becoming a first-generation student in my family I did not think I would have enough funds to participate in activities like study away and internships. Hearst Fellows was a program that could help provide me with these necessary funds for these activities and anything else that I would need to go along with them.

What has coming to Furman meant to you?

What Furman has meant to me is to learn what a home away from home meant and what another family is. Coming in as a freshman I was scared, nervous, and anxious about coming to school. With the help of Hearst Fellows, other faculty and staff, and even the students they made me feel better and helped me manage my emotions. I know that there are many resources available to me on and around campus so if I ever need help it is there for me.

What do you like to do you in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to read, meditate, do volunteer work, bond with family/friends, and sleep.

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

One quirky fact about me is that I have to have a fan on when I go to sleep.

What organizations are you a part of?

Some organizations I am apart of is Hearst Fellows, Engaged Living, and EVM.