8 Underrated Perks of Studying at Franklin University Switzerland

8 Underrated Perks of Studying at Franklin University Switzerland

If you ever needed a definition of what the Franklin experience is

1. Central Location

Studying in Switzerland means you basically have all of Europe in the palm of your hand.

As you can see from the map below, the country is bordered by Germany, Austria, France, and Italy

(Close proximity to the best places in Europe = weekend trips galore for cheap!)

2. Small, tight-knit community

We're a school of less than 400 <3

(Unlimited chances to enjoy fondueeeee with friends <3 gathering around food is the best way to socialize and the main reason Franklinites get together)

3. Academic Travel

Academic Travel is what makes the Franklin experience so unique. You get to travel to the locations you learn about in class and are led by a professor who is either really interested in a particular aspect of the area or actually has some connections there to make the overall experience awesome!

(Here's a group photo in Marseille from one of my Academic travels!)

4. Close relationship with your professors

You can get a chance like this to get close with your professors! But, honestly, this is one of Franklin's best perks, because they really get to know you and they honestly want to get to know you. Having the ability to consult with your professors about your academic pursuits is the best way to enjoy your higher education pursuits!

(From the Franklin Instagram - the best place to get a glimpse of Franklin life!)

5. Gorgeous views from your dorm

(The best view to wake up to)

6. Awesome freshman orientation experience

From jumping off a cliff into the cold waters of Valle Verzasca to exploring Switzerland through the Swiss Bus Tour to the fun Tutte Le Strade events (a bunch of student-led events to help students get to know more about what to do in Lugano), Franklin helps you adapt into your new life as an expat in Europe!

(This is a group photo from Valle Verzasca. Yes, you are encouraged to jump into the clear, freezing mountain water below that bridge pictured above!)

7. Amazing opportunities

Franklin provides many opportunities for students to interact with prestigious academics and political figures. For example, just this semester, the American ambassador to Switzerland, Ambassador LeVine, visited Franklin to give a presentation on the upcoming U.S. elections!

8. The undying love that alumni have for Franklin

If you ever needed a definition of what the Franklin experience is <3, what better way than to hear from the university's alumni!

Check out this video from the Franklin University Switzerland Youtube page!

("Franklin is home")

Hey guys!

The response from my Franklin article was great! As I'm writing this, the article has already generated 886 views online. Let's keep the Franklin love alive and strong and get everyone to know why we believe in the Franklin dream!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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4 Things I Wish High School Me Knew

Every day has a purpose.


People don't give high school enough credit for having the ability to shape your life. It can build you or it can break you and often times there is no in between. As I enter into my senior year of college I have reflected a lot on my college career and how it really has been the best years of my life up to this point, but I know that without a doubt my life would have been so different in I would have known these things as a high schooler.

1. Your life is valuable

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

2. You aren't defined by your singleness. 

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

4. You aren't going to fit in

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

4. Your clothes aren't going to fit forever, don't spend all of your money on them 

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." - Luke 12:15

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