All colleges have things that they are proud of. Universities have certain aspects of their schools that make them different; things that make them stand out from the rest. It might be top-tier academic programs, state-of-the-art facilities, a successful sports team, or the town in which the school is located. The list goes on and on. Freed-Hardeman is no different. Sure, we're proud of our Lions and Lady Lions, our campus that is continuing to grow and evolve, our new majors and hands-on approach to academics, and even our quaint little town of Henderson. But when you ask someone what makes FHU different, you likely won't hear any of that mentioned; at least not at first. We believe that our staple, our difference maker, is something else. It’s the thing that truly makes FHU an incredible place to be. If you’ve been a student here, or even if you've just been on campus, you probably already know what I’m talking about. Are you ready for it?
I know, I know. It sounds lame. If someone who has never been to Freed-Hardeman asks, “What makes your school special?” and you simply respond with, “The people,” you might get laughed at because most colleges brag about so many other things. It's something that's hard to understand if you’ve never been here, but allow me to try to make sense of it in this short blog.
The people who make up the school that you attend are really the lifeblood of the university. You can have awesome sports teams, really cool buildings, or a lot of fun things to do in town, but if you’re not building relationships with the people you’re interacting with every day, then what’s the point?
There are a lot of things I can’t promise you about Freed-Hardeman. I can’t guarantee you that you’ll enjoy our school being located in a small town, I can’t ensure that you will love every single thing about our physical campus, and I can’t promise that you’ll always be excited about eating in our dining hall (even though it’s awesome). I can, however, assure you that at Freed-Hardeman University you will build meaningful relationships - with your friends, your roommates, your dorm parents, your professors and, if you're lucky, your future husband or wife (listed last because it didn't happen for me). I don’t exactly know why it’s so easy to make friends and enjoy the FHU community, I just know that it is. I think it might have something to do with the soft served ice cream in the dining hall.
The people really do make this place different. Dorm parents treat students like their own kids. Professors invite entire classes into their homes for study sessions and game nights. Inclusive students create their own fun, serve their community, and simply enjoy being together.
Freed-Hardeman students come from all different states, backgrounds, ethnicities, and countries. Despite all of our students being unique and having their own stories, they are united behind FHU, and embody the things that our university holds dear. Students, faculty, and staff help create an atmosphere on FHU’s campus that I believe can not be duplicated anywhere else.
Don't believe me? Come see for yourself!
Justin Smith, Admissions Counselor