Meet our Samford Tour Guides! These students lead our weekly campus tours. Here you can meet each of our tour guides and hear about their personal experiences at Samford. Feel free to click on a tour guide’s name to send an email message.
Favorite experience: My favorite experience during my time so far at Samford is definitely Step Sing. I came into Samford knowing that I wanted to participate in Step Sing, but it exceeded even my highest hopes. It is one of the most fun things you will ever do and it is such a unique Samford experience.
Advice: Samford has so many opportunities that it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to begin, but don't let the many possibilities become a bad thing. Jump in and find the things that you really love. That is how you will build valuable friendships and make wonderful memories here. Make the most of your time at Samford by being active and getting involved on campus!
Favorite experience: One of the best experiences I've had at Samford would have to be doing Freshmen Ladies Step Sing. I met so many girls in my class I would not have known otherwise and was able to continue building relationships with some of those girls long after Step Sing was over.
Advice: Don't think that you have to have everything figured out your freshman year, especially when it comes to how you are going to get involved on campus. Use freshman year to try out a few organizations, but don't feel pressured to choose what you are going to invest in for the rest of college.
Favorite experience: My favorite Samford experience would be Connections weekend. Freshman students are on campus together for the first time and spend the entire weekend getting acclimated with the school and each other.
Advice: My advice to freshman would be to make the most out of your college experience. Join whichever groups you feel compelled to and give them your all. Also, never forget your card when going to the caf.
Favorite experience: Its so hard to pick just one, but I love sunny days out on the quad. I especially love the first few sunny days of Spring when the Quad is packed with people playing frisbee, chatting with friends, and just enjoying the gorgeous weather!
Advice: Don't be afraid to ask questions. No one expects you to know everything about Samford the first time that you step on campus.
Favorite experience: My favorite Samford experience would have to be Step Sing 2011. I got a last-minute spot in the University Ministries show, "In the Potter's Hands." and I couldn't have been more thrilled. Through the three weeks of practice, I got to form close bonds with people I had never met or had been wanting to meet and also grew closer to the friends I already had in the group.
Advice: Don't wait to get involved. Find what you're passionate about and go for it. Samford's tight community makes it so easy for freshmen to jump right in, whether it's in student media, theater, University Ministries, Greek Life...you name it, you can do it.
Favorite experience: It is almost impossible to pick a favorite Samford experience, but they all involve my friends! One from my top ten list would have to be the welcome back concert with Joe Nichols and Needtobreathe...it was a blast!
Advice: I would encourage Freshman to not only get involved in the things they enjoyed in high school, but to try out lots of organizations and activities in college! You will change in ways you would not expect in the next four years, so don't limit yourself to only what you know; you'll be surprised at what might be your new favorite way to spend your time!
Favorite experience: My favorite experience is actually exam week. Students are stressed but the faculty and everyone else on campus really come together to help students stay calm and study on.
Advice: My advice for freshmen is to not get too competitive. Don't get caught up in being better than someone else in anything, but find people who you can grow in your talents and lives with.
Favorite experience: My favorite Samford experience would be the annual Hanging of the Green service with Lighting of the Way immediately following. The service is a great way to come together as a Samford community and celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Walking out of Reid Chapel into the Quad, after the service has concluded, to see the entire campus lit up with luminaries is just breathtaking.
Advice: take the time to explore and discover new things, whether it's academically, geographically, socially, or spiritually. You learn more through experience more than anything else.
Favorite experience: Step Sing has definitely been my favorite Samford experience. I love how it takes over campus, and how well you get to know the people in your show for such a short period of time. Plus, watching the shows every night is a blast!
Advice: .) Pick a few key things that you are passionate about and get really involved in them! It's better to do a few things well and commit to them fully instead of stressing yourself out with tons of commitments. Don't try to do everything.
Favorite experience: Although Step Sing, Lighting of the Way, Homecoming, and Samford Gives Back are all high up on my list, my favorite may be simply living in Vail. It's unlike any other housing, almost 400 freshman girls living in the same dorm is so much fun. It's a sleepover every night and I wouldn't trade my memories in Vail for the world.
Advice: Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know upperclassmen. They love getting to know freshmen and they helped my transition in more ways than one.