Senior Clayton Miller described a similar situation and what a difference it made to be on a small campus.
“When COVID hit, we had to transition our photography class to online. We were just in the process of learning how to use the camera. So, I basically went home with absolutely no knowledge.” – Miller
Not sure what to do, the graphic design/history double-major reached out to his professor.
“I emailed Denis Kelly and said I was having troubles, and he actually gave me his personal cell phone number so I could call or FaceTime him to show me how to use my camera pretty much anytime I needed him.” – Miller
On a large campus, instant replies from professors are nearly impossible. But at Franklin, one-on-one attention from your instructors is the norm.
“Your teachers are able to put so much focus on a smaller group of students. I think that is just such a big impact because you can go some places, and nobody knows who you are. You just get lost in the crowd.” – Miller
Getting lost at Franklin College is almost impossible both literally and figuratively. You can be walking across campus and be stopped by professors you had your freshman year who will want to know how you’re doing.
“At Franklin like I can’t walk across campus without a couple teachers at least saying hi to me and knowing who I am, even with a mask.” – Miller
The close-knit community has proven its worth even more under the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a time when everyone is feeling isolated and alone, it’s reassuring to know you’re a part of a community that cares.