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My Second Home

My Second Home

So I hate to brag in this post, but I’m totally going to brag about how much I love my school.

I have mentioned before (and I’m sure it’s obvious through a lot of my pictures) just how much I love my school. I’m an ambassador for the admissions office (which means I give tours to prospective students). Talking about Furman 3 days a week to prospective students and telling them about all the fabulous memories I’ve made at my school and the kinds of opportunities they could also have at FU always serves as a reminder just how much I love my school.  

Furman holds such a special place in my heart and I’m so thankful I found a second home. I put myself back into the shoes of those prospective students often and I know first hand how difficult it is  having to decide on where you want to spend the next four years of their life. I was extremely torn between two schools and even though I'm able to see how perfect Furman was for me now, I couldn’t see that 2 years ago. After nights spent stressing and sobbing about choosing the perfect school, I’m confident I made the right decision.

I know Furman isn’t for everyone, and I think one of the most important aspects to focus on when choosing a school is fit. Where do you see yourself? Where do you feel the most comfortable? Where do you think you’ll fit in with the student body? For me, that place was Furman.

While I could rave about how beautiful Furman’s campus is, how great downtown Greenville is, or how individualized our education is, I always end my tours explaining that the main reason Furman is  so special is the people that make up the Furman community. 

The entire campus has become my second family. The student body is incredible and I have never been more motivated to follow my passions. Everyone is so driven and I am so thankful to be surrounded by a student body who is equally concerned with their academics and being involved in campus life. I have met so many of my best friends here and I don’t know how I lived with out them!

On top of the amazing peers I’m surrounded with  professors that are just as great. I’ve never had a professor who I wasn't comfortable asking for help (and I always do) or going to see them during office hours. They commonly invite students over for dinner or to babysit their kids! They put our education first and I’m so thankful to be taught by some of the brightest professors in their respective fields.

The feeling of community is what makes Furman so different than all other schools. I was stunned coming in as a freshman and having so many upper classmen reach out and truly want to get to know me. Although they may or may not have been super intimidating at first, I soon realized their genuine personalities and I’m so blessed to call so many people outside of my class my friends.  It’s great to have so many role models to look up to and to go to for advice.

As a military kid who moved every 3 years and haven’t been in the same place since for more than 3 years since elementary school I am so excited to spend 4 years at a place like Furman.

I always encourage the kids I give tours to ask yourself where feels most like Home to you? Although I didn't get a sense of Home right when I walked onto Furman's campus I felt the potential of calling home. I felt comfortable there and I think that's one of the most important thing when deciding on a college. 

Summer is a time of adventure (as well as a break from the constant stress of schoolwork) but at the same time Furman has changed the meaning of summer for me. Summer's since Furman have been bittersweet because you have to say bye to a campus that you love so much as well as friends that have become your family for the past 8 months. Although I'm ecstatic to study abroad in Italy this fall I'm also looking forward to being back at my second home next spring. 

If you ever have any questions about sweet Furman never ever hesitate to ask me any questions! I love answering questions about one of my favorite places! Same for tours, if you are ever touring Furman I would be happy to meet you and answer any questions, maybe I'll even be your tour guide!



Italy Part One

Italy Part One

I’m officially over halfway down with my Italy trip! If you’ve been following along on Instagram or snapchat (shannon.hessen)  you’ve probably seen glimpses into my journey!

We started out our journey on the Amalfi Coast then took a day trip to Pompeii. We next headed to Naples, followed by Rome, and we are now in Florence for the next few days! Next (and our last stop on the trip) is Venice.

It’s has been so much fun exploring so much of this country and really immersing myself into the Italian culture. I don’t think I’ve eaten so much pizza, pasta, bread in my entire life. I truly think I’m going to come back with an extra 10 pounds.

I’m traveling with a group of Furman students and professors and we have multiple lectures and assignments per city. I’m learning so much and meeting so many great people! However I will be honest and say that I’m looking forward to getting to Paris, settling into a schedule, unpacking from a suitcase, and hopefully having some reliable wifi.

I thought it would be fun to show you some pictures that I’ve taken so far!

Our hotel's view near Amalfi: 

 Day trip to Amalfi:

 Day trip to Pompeii!

 The start of our Rome stay!
Trevi Fountain was a must even if it was under construction! 

And of course the Coliseum...

The ancient forum!

Wandering through the side streets of Rome!

Craziest experience ever....driving a vespa on the busiest streets of Rome. Not sure if it was one of our best decisions but it was definitely fun and I totally got the hang of it! Totally worth the memories!

I'm looking forward explore Florence and then move onto Venice! We've been in Florence for 2 nights now and I'm already loving it! 

Be sure to follow on instagram to keep up with my #prepavenueadventures ! 




Summer Sun Dresses

Summer Sun Dresses

Dresses have become my favorite summertime uniform. Easy, breezy, and beautiful right? In my opinion they’re 10 times easier than trying to match a skirt or shorts and a top. Especially in hot and humid North Carolina where you walk outside and you’re sweating within seconds, they really are more comfortable.

I brought multiple dresses to Italy and I have loved their convenience. They look so put together and neat when in reality I spent less time on my outfit than if I tried to put something together!

When in doubt: wear a sundress

Here are some of my favorites for the season!

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15 

Show me some of your favorite summer dresses! Comment the link below, I would love to add some to my wishlist!!




Carry On Essentials

Carry On Essentials

As much as I like traveling, I don’t love long airplane rides. I always seem to end up with a middle seat and always feel terrible making the person next to me get up when I want to stretch or use the bathroom (that happened on this last flight to Italy).

I’m going to be flying a lot in the next 8 months so hopefully by the time I come back from studying abroad in December I’ll have it down to a science.

I honestly usually always end up bringing a pretty large bag to carry on the plane with me because I am the farthest thing from a light packer. I bring everything I might need + more.

A large Long Champ or any tote bag is great because it fits so much and you can throw it all in there. The best thing is is that it fits my laptop which I don’t usually travel without!

Here are a few of my carry-on essentials:

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2nd Semester Sophomore Year Reflection

2nd Semester Sophomore Year Reflection

I look back at the second semester of my sophomore year and I swear it was January yesterday. I’m a little bit nervous knowing that I have only 2 years left, because I’m not sure if any other semesters are going to be able beat the 2nd semester sophomore year.

Living with Emilee for a second year in a row, and then on top of it having 2 of my other closest friends living 2 steps across the hall (not exaggerating) and all my other pledge class sisters within 10 steps on the same hall was the perfect recipe for a fantastic semester. To top it off,  I have started to get into a lot the classes required for my communication major so I’m really starting to enjoy my classes (with the exception of maybe one  )

These semester reflections (read first semester here) are some of my favorite to do simply for my sake because I love looking back and going through all my photos from the past few months. It  reminds me of all the little moments (and big ones) that really made this semester special.

Bid day! Bid day was a blast and it was fun to be on the other side of the Rush process rather than actually rushing myself. It was only about a week after we came back from Christmas break so it was the perfect way to start the semester off with a bang! We welcomed so many sweet freshman girls who are the perfect addition in every way <3

I may or may not have had my eye on little Mary since the beginning of first semester. She is the perfect little in every way and I was so excited to reveal myself to her after a week of keeping my identity a secret!

The exceptional Valentines day dance: One of my favorite memories from sophomore year. Every year Furman brings in exceptional adults and we hold a huge valentines dance and any student can come and dance (and eat) and celebrate this holiday!

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IT SNOWED: More than once too! We had a few snow days off of school this year. They’re always something to look forward to in the spring semester. The campus becomes a winter wonderland and I feel like I’m walking around a little snow globe.

Initiation: Nothing beats initiating your little into such a special sisterhood. I’m so proud to officially call Mary my little and can’t wait to see how our relationship grows! 

Mardi Gras Ball! Another school sponsored event that was held downtown Greenville (one of the cutest downtowns ever) we decided to go! Such a fun night!

I learned to use a power tool (or two) for an art project. Monumental moment in my college career if you ask me.

The roomie came home with me to celebrate Easter for the second year in a row! I think we must make it a tradition now Em!

May or may not have gone up to the top of the belltower. Oh the story….

I was a real college student once or twice

Explored where our new apartment will be for next year! I can’t wait to come back in the Spring after my semester abroad and live with some of my favorite people!

My fabulous Monday, Wednesday, Friday lunch crew on a letter day. The amount of laughs we shared during that hour are too many to count.

The Sam Hunt Concert! Every year Furman brings a big concert to campus and this year it was country music star Sam Hunt. Although I didn’t get to touch his hand (like I did last year at the Brett Eldridge concert) it was still super fun and I was 2nd row!

Probably my all time favorite memory from sophomore year. Because who wouldn’t want to be woken up at 4:45 on the morning of their 20th birthday to go watch the sun rise in the mountains?! To see what I look like when I get woken up at this ungodly time watch this video.

Made my 2nd fraternity cooler of my college career.

Attended my good friend Emory’s fraternity formal in Charleston! Even though we got drenched in a rain storm Saturday the entire weekend was perfect! Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend in Charleston?

Ended the year with a trip downtown with 3 of my closest friends to the farmers market!

What were your favorite memories of the school year? Sorry for the picture overload!