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Recent Graduate Shares Story of Opportunity at FC

_KEP5844Audi Chastain, a 2012 Franklin College graduate, was an organizational leadership major.

“When I look back on my four years at Franklin, I can hardly believe everything I had the chance to do. Creating my own individualized major is top of the list. I’m forever indebted to my academic adviser, the leadership program director and the Academic Affairs Office for helping me realize my passion, envision a career path and customize an academic plan to succeed.

“Today I work full time as an event marketer for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and I use the skills I learned in leadership classes with Bonnie Pribush every day. She does an incredible job integrating  real-world scenarios into courses and pushing students to find solutions. The lessons in team work and problem solving that I took away from classes continue to be beneficial.

“Another valuable experience was the internship I served with Alliance Leadership in San Francisco. Several faculty and staff members collaborated to make the internship possible, and a generous trustee covered my housing costs, asking only that I do the same for a Franklin student someday when I was able. It was an incredible growth opportunity to live on my own in a big city, immerse in a professional setting and have one-on-one interaction with the company CEO, who took a genuine interest in helping me reach my personal and professional goals.

“I’m also grateful that I participated in two service-learning spring break trips during college. Interacting with the homeless in Washington, D.C., and at-risk youth in Atlanta, was eye-opening and overall made me a more compassionate person. The trips also gave me a better understanding of the important work nonprofit organizations do. I’m grateful for all the college experiences, including leadership roles as the Tri Delta philanthropy chair and executive director of Up ‘Til Dawn, which helped lead me to a job with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that I love!”

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis. The college prepares men and women for challenging careers and fulfilling lives through the liberal arts, offering its approximately 1,000 students 36 majors, 39 minors and 11 pre-professional 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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