Meet Ryanne Wise

Create your dream major – and your dream future – at Franklin College

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Dr. Howard Thurman

2017 Franklin College graduate Ryanne Wise has this quote framed on her desk as a constant reminder. It was a graduation gift from her professor, mentor, and friend, Dr. Susan Crisafulli, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Franklin College.Ryanne Wise in the Modern Languages House

When Ryanne came to Franklin, she had aspirations of eradicating poverty, but thought her daydreams were more like pipe dreams. Little did she know over the next four years, she’d design a custom poverty studies major and put together a plan to fight homelessness in Indianapolis.

“When I came to Franklin, I had a lot of big dreams I thought couldn’t be realized. I thought I’d have to find a traditional job after graduation.” – Ryanne

Until Ryanne met Susan. Susan got to know Ryanne, her potential, and her dreams as their relationship grew. After picking up on Ryanne’s passion for homelessness, she helped her design and apply for an individualized Poverty Studies major.

“The small size and frequency of interaction at Franklin give us the opportunity to really understand our students and what they want to do. Not necessarily what they say they want to do, or what their parents want them to do, but what they want for themselves.” – Susan

“She taught me it was possible to do what I love, and to serve people in a way that made me come alive, not in a way other people expected me to.” – Ryanne

Ryanne capped off her individualized major with a proposal to build a tiny home village that will offer transitional housing to the homeless population in Indianapolis. She plans to present her proposal to Marion County officials in 2019.

“I think she just needed somebody who believed in her, who believed in her dreams and her abilities. Thankfully she was at a place like Franklin. She wasn’t just a number and she wasn’t lost in the crowd.” – Susan 

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