NAME: Felicia Franklin
HOMETOWN: Pittsburgh, PA
MAJOR: Criminal Justice and French
FAVORITE THING ABOUT SHIPPENSBURG:
One of my favorite things about Shippensburg is the vast opportunities that are available on the campus. There are so many clubs and programs to get involved in. It gives students the chance to become part of a huge network, and help them stand out among the crowd.
TWO INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT ME:
I adore foreign languages. Besides speaking nearly fluent French, I can speak Spanish and some German. I’m currently picking up Italian at the moment. Another interesting thing about me is that I used to be a volunteer firefighter in Pittsburgh.
MY FRIENDS AT SHIP:
My friends at Shippensburg are truly my “shipmates.” I met the majority of them through classes we have attended together or through living in the wonderful resident halls on campus. Besides my family, they are my biggest support system. My friends have been here for me since I transferred here as a freshman. They are one of the best parts of my Ship experience, because they are always there to help, give advice, or just to hang out and have fun with.
Currently, I serve as the president of the French Club and Pi Delta Phi Chapter of the National French Honors Society. I am excited to be a part of the Orientation Team in the summer of 2013, and I have previously been a tutor at the Learning Center for French.
I have been honored this semester to receive the Juvenile Justice Scholarship from the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission. This scholarship means the world to me, because I am a firm believer in balance and restorative justice. I feel that it is necessary to provide positive role models for younger individuals all over this nation, and to help them become better individuals even though they have ran into some difficulties in life. By receiving this scholarship, it is helping me to reach this goal through my education here at Shippensburg University.
In the fall term of 2013, I will be completing my internship with the Adult Probation Department in Franklin County.
STUDENT RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
I am a two-time participant in the Undergraduate Research Conference on campus. My research projects are entitled, “I do not want to die! Death will devour me” and “Chickens or pigs?: A cross-cultural comparison between the perception and representation of police in France and the United States in popular culture.” Each were both written in French and then presented at the conference. I have also presented another paper I wrote at the Biannual Modern Languages Department conference entitled, “The summer that sang.” I am currently working on another research project that will be presented next spring. It will focus on the opinions of college students towards female law enforcement officers.
MOST MEANINGFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE AT SHIP:
This is such a tough question, because I feel that every day at Ship is a meaningful learning experience. I always learn so much in class, as well as outside of class. One of my most meaningful learning experiences that I always look back on is whenever some French majors/minors, including myself, met our pen pals in Philadelphia. Meeting others from France that were our age was so phenomenal. We had so much fun touring the city, and just talking to get to know each other. It was meaningful, because these are people I will never forget in my life even though we live so far away. In addition it goes to show that there is always more than one way to learn than just being in a classroom.
COMMUNITY SERVICE/VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:
In conjunction with my French professors, Dr. Agnès Ragone and Dr. Blandine Mitaut, the French Club and I are working on Project Haïti. Through our efforts we have raised money for materials to build playgrounds and schools for the children in Haïti. In addition we have raised funds for a Ship student’s family home that was devastated by the earthquake.
WHAT I DO FOR FUN:
In my spare time, I attend self defense classes with my instructor and one of my great friends who attends Ship as well, Shawn Keebaugh, who is a green belt studying the art of Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do. These lessons hone in on knife and gun defense. I feel that these are useful skills that everyone should learn sometime in their life, especially criminal justice majors.
MY PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:
I hope to return to Pittsburgh and join the investigations branch in the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Then hopefully one day, I will join the Federal Bureau of Investigation.