What Does the Future Look Like for Franklin Students?

The one thing every student has in common, when in college, is anxiety about the future. And so it's important for universities to provide the support, tools and connections that are needed to lead their students into their futures. Franklin University Switzerland especially prepares students with its travel opportunities, namely academic travel, which I wrote about in my last blog post. The opportunities in the classroom, on campus and off campus (and abroad) at Franklin have especially given me a new confidence and independence. Experiencing new cultures with the support of the close-knit community we have here, makes anything seem possible in the future. And one of the most important aspects of reaching goals in the future is having experiences which expand what seems possible in the first place. 

In keeping with my previous post, I decided to once again go ask my classmates how their time at Franklin has already started to set them up for the future, and where they see themselv…

Academic Travel Stories - Fall 2018

Hello and welcome back to 'Adventures at Franklin'!

Academic Travel has come and gone again this semester. FUS Students and teachers have come back with more stories to tell, new experiences, and new friends. So, I decided to interview some of the teachers and students who went on and led different travels.

Read on to learn about their personal experiences, as well as some of my own!

Name: Andrea Briscoe Major/Minor(s): Major in History, Minor in International Relations, Minor in Postcolonial Studies
What was the focus of the travel class?
The class is International Political Economy so we focus on the interplay between politics and economics. We look at  problems of development in terms of North-South relations, international trade issue, post-colonial dependency theory, and issues of global governance.

What areas did you visit on travel?

We flew into Johannesburg, South Africa and then basically had a huge road trip through all of Botswana up to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. While …

Introduction to the Blogger: Rhys Williams

Ciao a tutti, and welcome back to Adventures at Franklin!

The blogging torch has been passed yet again, and I will be taking over for this academic year. So let me introduce myself:

Name: Rhys Williams Hometown: Bloomfield, New Jersey Year: Sophomore Studies: Undeclared, leaning towards CLCS or COM FUS Dorm Residence: New B Interests: Dancing, cooking, eating, traveling, reading, etc.

I’m excited to give people access to more content about Franklin and the community we live in. Before that though, I thought I would introduce myself and what my experience at FUS has been like so far. Although the main focus of attending Franklin is academics, there are plenty of opportunities to have memorable experiences both in Sorengo (the area in which FUS is located) and more globally.
Sorengo, and the larger community, Lugano, is a beautiful area which is known as a 'must-see' spot, especially in Europe, because of its geography. It is lakeside in the mountains and very close to the It…

Academic Travel Stories: Spring Edition

Another incredible Academic Travel period has come to a close, and stories are ready to be shared. There is nothing more rewarding than venturing to a destination that you have been studying for months, and watching the material come to life. Keep reading to find out more about some unique experiences from all over the world!

Name: Professor Armando Zanecchia
Academic Department: Political Science/Business
Academic Travel Course Title: TVL 298 South Africa/Swaziland
Briefly describe the AT course: what is the concept behind the course, where did the course travel to, and how long have you been leading this course?
This course explores natural resource conservation, sustainability and cultural understanding in South Africa and Swaziland. I have been leading this course for 10 years.
What was your favorite memory from this travel session? Did anything surprise you?
Climbing Sibebe Peak in Swaziland, observing the Big 5 in Kruger National Park, and enjoying the students' appreciation o…

Sustainability on Campus

Being in Switzerland, one of the most sustainable countries in the world, it is difficult to not catch the sustainability bug. Reducing, reusing, and recycling quickly become a way of life here on the Franklin campus. There are several ways that I have become a more sustainable human being in the four years at FUS, and I’ll list some of the most notable ones below; afterward, I’ll discuss some of the sustainable initiatives we have here on campus.
Public Transportation
When I lived at home in California, I used to drive everywhere: school, friend’s houses, grocery stores – everywhere. When I am at FUS I walk everywhere, not because I have to, but because I want to. The Lugano hills might seem a bit intimidating at first, but eventually you learn to love them – especially because it means you don’t have to hit the gym as frequently. All of my friends live within a five or ten-minute walk from my door, and the 15 or 20-minute journey downtown goes by quickly with all of the distractingly…

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life Of:

Name: Ember Mulcahy Hometown: Marin County, California Year: Senior Studies: Major in International Management; minor in Communications and Media Studies FUS Dorm Residence: New A Interests: Hiking; running; water sports; cooking; eating (mostly cheese and chocolate); and traveling

The goal of this post is to show you all what an average day in my life at FUS looks like. Franklin is an extremely unique campus, and it’s difficult to explain everything that goes on here, so I figured it would be easier to show you…

Friday February 16th, 2018
I started off my day with a run around the Laghetto di Muzzano, a small lake located directly behind my Franklin campus. Franklin students spend a few days per academic year volunteering with the Swiss environmental protection agency Pro Natura to keep this lake clean and beautiful. Before coming to Franklin, I was not much of a runner, but it's too beautiful in Lugano to not hit the trails. There is no need to drive to a trailh…