After four years of late-night studying, forming new friendships, and enjoying everything Samford and Birmingham had to offer, the Class of 2022 is preparing to leave behind the hallowed halls of Samford University.
Josh Bradford is a nursing major from Weatherford, Texas. He came to Samford to pursue nursing and advance further in the medical field. He has a job lined up at Vanderbilt Hospital after graduation.
Bradford said his last year at Samford has been hard but, “looking back academically it’s been a good year, though, being with the people that are here.”
Learning to balance the heavy school load and have fun with his friends was a priority for him throughout his years at Samford.
“Focus on finding what you enjoy and what interests you and pursue it, don’t let the price of something come before the experience. That time and experience can’t be made up,” Bradford said when asked to give advice to rising seniors.
Farrah Fowlkes is a graduating senior in exercise science with a pre-physical therapy track. She begins Samford’s physical therapy graduate program on May 16, and she said she couldn’t be more excited and grateful.
Fowlkes said that Samford has been “absolutely amazing… with deepening certain relationships, certain friendships but also gaining new friendships that within five minutes I feel like it’s a friendship that will last a lifetime.”
Fowlkes’s faith became very important to her during her four years at Samford.
“Most importantly just really deepening my faith and being pushed beyond limits of seeking God more” Fowlkes said.
Fowlkes said her advice for rising seniors is to “keep God first and pursue his will daily. It isn’t always easy but it’s worth it.”
Max Lattermann is a history and computer science double major with a minor in global and cultural studies. He is currently deciding whether to pursue a master’s degree at Georgia Technical Institute in International Relations, Science, and Technology or stay in Birmingham, Alabama, to gain real world experience.
Latterman said that his senior year has been the best year because his sophomore and junior year occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I can just enjoy every minute of it (senior year) both academically and with my friends,” Latterman said.
Lattermann gave advice to rising seniors, telling them to treasure the time they have.
“Enjoy the time you have at Samford, it flies by quicker than you can imagine, so get involved and make the most out of it. Say yes to things and just have a good time,” Lattermann said.