Showing posts from September, 2020

Swiss Cities in Depth: Geneva

"I love  Switzerland . It's so clean and cool. We don't get much snow where I live so I get real excited in Lausanne and  Geneva . I'd like to buy a house there when I'm older and settle down" -Michael Joseph Jackson,  American Singer, Songwriter, and Dancer. Welcome back or welcome to  Adventures at Franklin! 4 years ago, a wonderful series on this blog called "Swiss Cities in Depth" began. Check out the first post on Lugano here  and the second post on Bern right here . Today, I'm so happy to be able to continue this series, and write about a city very close to my heart. For those of you who may not know, I am from and grew up in Geneva. I lived there from 2002-2009, and then from 2012-2017. In 2017, I moved to Lugano to study at FUS but I return to Geneva multiple times a semester, as well as for winter and summer breaks.  I also chose to write this post because usually around this time of year, the "FUS visits Romandie" or "Swi

Fall 2020 Thus Far

Welcome back or welcome to Adventures at Franklin! Every year at FUS is very different, but the start to the fall 2020 semester has been particularly different. Orientation was virtual. People have had to quarantine. Classes have both online and in-person. The North Campus Dining Hall is open for longer than the Grotto?!?!?! 🤯🤯🤯 These are just some of the changes that fall 2020 has brought. I wanted to use this week's post to highlight some of the other changes that fall 2020 has brought, but I also wanted to highlight some of the constants and FUS traditions that have remained. Here is a quick summary of the events of fall 2020 thus far.  Orientation Week: This year, orientation week was virtual for the first time ever. I have covered what a traditional orientation week looks like, which you can read about here . A virtual orientation can never replace how fun, how hectic, and how memorable an actual in-person orientation can, but I think the orientation team did a wonderful jo

The Franklin Podcast! Episode 5 (FINALE)

  Welcome back or welcome to Adventures at Franklin !  Today we have the last episode of the Summer at Franklin podcast series! It's been a great series, and I want to say a huge thank you to the creators, Carisa and Joe, and everyone else involved in the podcast for their hard work. If you aren't caught up, then here are the previous episodes!  Episode 1: Introduction to the podcast Episode 2: Health and mental well-being Episode 3: French/Academic Projects Episode 4: Art Projects Episode 5 Description: Do you ever wonder about the secret, elusive lives of your residence hall’s RA? Tune in to the final episode of the Summer at Franklin Podcast! This hour, we will get some insights into what the RA (Resident Assistant) life looks like at Franklin University. This summer, both Saeeda Bano and Pearl Kasirye became RAs for the first time. Tune in to find out more about what they really do, how (and when) they can help you, as well as what some of the misconceptions of being an RA

Eating at FUS: Crunching the Numbers!

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well" - Adeline Virginia Woolf, English Writer.  As of September 2020, this company provides food to FUS' dining services. Welcome back or welcome to Adventures at Franklin! Eating is a huge part of our lives, but ironically, very little has been written about eating at FUS in the 7-year history of Adventures at Franklin . This changes today! In this post, I tackle eating at FUS, and crunch all the numbers (pun intended) regarding price/cost.  Where we eat:  At FUS, we eat either in the Grotto (located on Kalestch Campus), or the Dining Hall (Located on North Campus). In the past, Grotto had longer opening hours but that has changed this year as the Dining Hall has extended hours. What we eat:  We eat from a weekly menu (or as I like to call it " what's on display "), and a set menu.  What's on display or the weekly menu is released at the start of the week, and usually consists of a

The Franklin Podcast! Episode 4

    Welcome back or welcome to Adventures at Franklin!  This week we have the penultimate upside of Summer at Franklin ! Here are the previous episodes in case you need to get caught up ;)  Episode 1: Introduction to the podcast Episode 2: Health and mental well-being Episode 3: Academic Projects/French   Episode 4 Description:  Although represented by a smaller department (Visual Communication Arts and Art History and Visual Culture), Franklin boasts a vibrant community of artists and aesthetes. Especially during the lockdowns, many found refuge and reassurance in expressing themselves artistically. Consequently, some student leaders found the opportunity to create, and others to document these creative outputs. Tune in today to learn more about how seniors Taku Suda and Heaven Howard delved into and encouraged this spirit of artistic expression, and how sophomore Saeeda Bano was inspired by shows of resilience and creativity worldwide, resulting in her need to archive this turbulent,

Why and How to Use Office Hours!

"It's not about your resources , it's about your resourcefulness " -Tony Robbins,  American Author, Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Philanthropist. Welcome back or welcome to Adventures at Franklin!  In this post, we tackle one of the most important resources available to FUS students, office hours.  Some of the most common cases why I have attended a professor's office hours are to ask for advice/review (on papers, assignments, future course selections etc.), to check/clarify course material/grades, or ask about external resources/opportunities.  The semester has just started, which means most people who traveled to campus are still in quarantine, but thankfully students can still set up appointments with professors virtually! Here are some reasons why office hours are so important, and how to use them :)  Why are Office Hours Important? It is an opportunity to clarify information and/or ask questions.  As a student, maybe something did not make sense in class w