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MayX Snapshots: An inside look at some student experiences

Students formed discussion groups during a MayX course in Beginner Medical Spanish.
Students formed discussion groups during a MayX course in Beginner Medical Spanish.

Presenting some highlights from the 2022 May Experience – a chance for students to explore topics beyond the typical academic year.

Modern minds examine an ancient discipline

How could an ancient practice, with roots in Eastern philosophies that emphasize simplicity, transform into an industry marked by expensive props, clothing and lifestyle retreats? Read more…

Members of a MayX class on Yoga in America practice at the side of Furman Lake.

Seeking Abraham and finding Furman’s hidden histories

It does not take place overseas, but one MayX course does introduce its students to a land that may suddenly seem foreign to them: their own campus. Read more…

Yoana Reyes-Zapata ’24 (right) joins in the discussion during a MayX course on Furman’s Seeking Abraham project.
From left: Grayson Taylor ’25, Esther Chung ’24 and Yoana Reyes-Zapata ’24 join in the discussion during a MayX course on Furman’s Seeking Abraham project.

Meet the beetles – and the dragonflies, and the grasshoppers

While many in South Carolina have spent this spring trying to keep insects as far away as possible, Wade Worthen’s MayX students have done the opposite. Half of their final grade depends on it. Read more…

Wade Worthen (right), the Rose J. Forgione Professor of Biology, discusses a sample with a student during his MayX Insect Diversity course.

Keeping patient care from being lost in translation

“It’s such a tense time when you’re sick,” said Maria Rippon, an associate professor of Spanish. And it’s even worse, she added, when you’re surrounded by people who don’t speak your language. Read more…

Maria Rippon, associate professor of Spanish, leads her MayX class in Beginner Medical Spanish.
Maria Rippon, associate professor of Spanish, leads her MayX class in Beginner Medical Spanish.

Students seek the next generation of board games

Delving into the mechanics that make board games work, students discussed game theory, probability, design, scalability, and why nobody finishes a game of Monopoly. Read more…

A 20-sided die was one mechanism of movement studied during a MayX course on board games.
A 20-sided die was one mechanism of movement studied during a MayX course on board games.

An excursion into medical device careers

Students learn about the complex, multidisciplinary world of biomedical devices with a trip to Arthrex, a global company headquartered in Naples, Florida. Read more…

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