9/09/2015 Daniel R. Porterfield

Celebrating the Depth of the Summer Experience

This magazine article is part of Summer 2015 / Issue 82

In the summer at Franklin & Marshall, the roots of thoughtful, inventive, and bold curiosity grow especially deep. It is inspiring to see how our students and faculty use these months to advance vital research, develop nuanced arguments, and cultivate a spirit of lifelong learning.

As you will read in the upcoming pages, our summer Hackman Scholars are collaborating with faculty members to imagine and measure new ways of understanding work in their fields. Our Orientation Planning Directors are preparing our comprehensive five-day welcome programming for the Class of 2019. Our F&M College Prep mentors are coaching outstanding high school seniors from across the country. And, under the guidance of the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement, our Public Service Summer Interns (PSSI) are working in Lancaster at nonprofit organizations in service to both the local community and their academic interests—all the while learning a great deal about themselves.

Of course, this growth begins when students plant seeds during the school year. Sometimes, the seed is an observation. For example, throughout her sophomore year, Halley Gradus ’17 spoke with a custodian in Bonchek College House who is an émigré from Cuba. After hearing her story, Halley was inspired to learn more about the diversity of the Lancaster community, and so she applied for one of our paid summer internships through the PSSI program. Now she is working to acclimate refugees through Church World Service, a national nonprofit based in Lancaster.

  • Courtney Rinden ’16 discusses a business plan with Kam Li Tangbau, co-owner of Burma Road, a new Lancaster restaurant owned and operated by Burmese refugees. Rinden is participating in Public Service Summer Internship (PSSI) through F&M’s Ware Institute for Civic Engagement. Courtney Rinden ’16 discusses a business plan with Kam Li Tangbau, co-owner of Burma Road, a new Lancaster restaurant owned and operated by Burmese refugees. Rinden is participating in Public Service Summer Internship (PSSI) through F&M’s Ware Institute for Civic Engagement.
Making summer count can be a central part of a great college education, and it's a meaningful way to expand one's impact.
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.
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