“It’s Franklin College’s professors –– they were integral in helping me envision not just the life that I wanted but also how to realize it. That can only happen on a small liberal arts campus like Franklin.” — Kevin Dooley ’17
- Major: Political Science
- Major: Philosophy
- Model United Nations
- Pre-Law Club
- FC Singers
- Men’s Chorus
- Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honorary Society)
True to the liberal arts ideals that Franklin College champions, Kevin Dooley has sought to use his time at Franklin to test and expand his limits. In his first year, he traveled to the United Nations in New York City as a member of Franklin’s Model UN team –– winning both Outstanding Position Paper awards and the Outstanding Delegation award, the latter of which is the highest honor a team can achieve at the largest international conference of its kind. Kevin also presented at Franklin College’s Intercultural Honors Experience (IHE) symposium on the nature of state sovereignty in international law and its consequences in limiting the international community’s ability to respond to intra-state genocide and violent non-state actors.
The most valuable experience that Kevin says Franklin offered him was studying abroad for a year in Marburg, Germany. Thanks in part to the IHE scholarships and the college’s dedicated Global Education Office, Franklin College made studying abroad for not just a summer, nor a semester, but an entire year a financially viable option. During his time abroad, he studied in the Philipps-Universität Marburg’s Peace and Conflict Studies department and Social Psychology Department in examining the Syrian Refugee Crisis from an interdisciplinary standpoint. In Germany he met up with a Winter Term class from Franklin College focused on examining morality in the time of the Holocaust culminating in a visit to Krakow, Poland to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp firsthand. Kevin remains a strong proponent of studying abroad for Franklin College students, declaring that it fulfills the liberal arts mandate of the college itself.
Kevin intends to pursue a career in law upon graduation from Franklin College. He has worked on three different productions within the theatre department and has been a member of both the Franklin Singers and Men’s Chorus. He continues to serve as a delegate of Franklin College’s Model United Nations team, and is a member of both the Pre-Law Club and the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honorary Society.
What advice would you give to students considering studying abroad?
I believe studying abroad to be so valuable. We have these ideas about who we are, what we are capable of, or of what we think we need to be happy –– studying abroad not just challenges those ideas but often destroys and recreates them outright. If you are at all a person who suspects they would get a lot of value out of studying abroad but do not allow yourself to consider it based on the prospect of preparation, logistics, cost, or maybe even just some small fear of the unknown, I really want to encourage you to reconsider. Especially if you are currently attending or planning on attending Franklin College, the Office of Global Education takes almost all of the guesswork out of documentation and deadlines, and prepares you well for the challenges of living abroad.
How can students afford to study abroad?
I studied abroad as an independent student. If I could make it not just financially viable but financially responsible to study abroad, chances are you can too. Again, this is where Franklin College’s resources are invaluable. Both the Office of Global Education and the Financial Aid office work together to find the grants and scholarships you never knew you were eligible for. All told, my time abroad ended up being slightly cheaper than a normal academic year would’ve cost me here! You could argue that it is more financially irresponsible not to study abroad!
For more information about what a degree from Franklin College can do for you, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 852-0232.