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Meet Conner McNeely, Franklin College Junior

“The field experiences I’ve participated in will definitely give me an edge over education majors from other colleges.  When I graduate, I will have over 1,000 hours of experience, while others may have only completed their student teaching.”

— Conner McNeely ’16


Junior Conner McNeely, a secondary education and Spanish double major, is a passionate student preparing himself for career success. McNeely has been studying in Franklin College’s thriving Education Department, and he aspires to be an educator himself.

“I chose to study secondary education and Spanish solely because they are my passions. I love teaching, and I love Spanish. The two together make me excited for my future profession.”

McNeely’s passionate attitude, combined with the Education Department’s program, has prepared him for what he plans to be his lifelong profession. Franklin College’s education program allows students to gain important experience very early into the program, which McNeely feels has been very beneficial.

“I have participated in educational field experiences, as well as completed a summer internship in the Student Affairs Office at Franklin College.  I also traveled to Cost Rica during the college’s Winter Term in January 2014.”

While the education courses are sometimes extremely challenging, McNeely said they only add to the post-college preparation he is gaining.

“The Education Program has prepared me through rigorous courses on child development, instructional strategies and other education professional courses.”

McNeely’s time at Franklin College has not only been filled with good experiences in his field of study, but he has also focused his energy on his extracurricular passions. In addition to working with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and FCLA3 on campus, he also is a new student mentor.

“The New Student Mentoring Program has given me the chance to mentor freshmen students who are first-generation college students. I have a passion for this, as I am also a first-generation student. This experience has allowed me to make a difference in the lives of many Franklin College students.”

“Franklin has prepared me to be a well-rounded professional in my life after college.  With all of the hands-on experiences and classroom instruction, I now know I’ll have what it takes to be an effective classroom teacher. I also know that I will be able to approach any subject that comes up in the classroom due to attending a liberal arts college.”

For more information about what a degree from Franklin College can do for you, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 852-0232.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world.  The college offers its approximately 1,000 students bachelor of arts degrees in 55 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 41 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and four cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation.  Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA.  For more information, visit


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