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Meet David Laston, Franklin College Senior

“I believe Franklin College provides an experience that is different from most other colleges due to its liberal arts curriculum and small size.”

                                                                 — David Laston ’15


David Laston 2When David Laston transferred to Franklin College from Trine University, he knew he had made a step in the right direction. Laston came to Franklin looking for a strong department in the field he wanted to study, chemistry.

“I chose to study chemistry at FC because it has an excellent science program, and I have always enjoyed chemistry.”

Laston’s experience with the Science Department at Franklin has only gotten better, as it has prepared him, with undergraduate research opportunities, for life after Franklin. Laston plans to attend graduate school and the research experience was vital for him to excel in continuing his education.

“I had been actively pursuing graduate school and my undergraduate research project was essential to being able to apply to most programs. Having an internship under my belt allows employers to see that I have relevant work experience.”

Attending school at Franklin has not only been a positive academic experience, but also a positive social experience for Laston. His involvement with student groups and meeting new people has been rewarding.

“I was involved with the men’s soccer team for a year. It really taught me the value of teamwork and how to work with others. It also taught me how to be disciplined and work hard for something I love. I also have been involved with the Black Student Union (BSU) at FC this past year, and it has taught me a great deal about diversity and the challenges that minorities face. It also has given me a chance to make many new friends who I probably wouldn’t know if not for BSU.”

Though a college transfer may seem daunting, for Laston it has made all the difference.

“Students have the opportunity to work with professors outside of class. Also, with the liberal arts curriculum, I’ve learned many things outside of my major and gained a much broader knowledge base. It also increased my opportunities for graduate school admission or employment upon graduation.”

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 www.FranklinCollege.edu.





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