Meet Clayton Miller

You Can’t Get Lost in the Crowd

Picture it: you’re taking a photography class at a university of 40,000+ students: one face in a lecture hall of hundreds. While working on an assignment, you cannot figure out how to balance the aperture and the ISO to save your life, so you email your professor. Two weeks later, you finally get a reply, but the project deadline has passed.

This model is faulty under normal situations. Now let’s throw a pandemic and a lockdown into the mix. At most universities, professors are required to teach and do research, so they have significantly less time to devote to individual students. At Franklin College teaching and mentoring are the focus for faculty.

Clayton MillerSenior 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.

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