As they prepare for their May 12 Commencement Ceremony, Franklin & Marshall seniors look back at their four years on campus—and what's next.
Name: Shakeyla Flores
Major: Philosophy; minor:Science, Technology and Society
Activities at F&M:
Diplomatic Congress Student Government (served as president, treasurer and community outreach chair); S.I.S.T.E.R.S. (served as senior adviser, co-president and social chair); Presidential Search Committee member; Budget Priorities Committee member; Weis College House Advisor; Campus Tour Guide; Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity member
What has been your most memorable moment or time here at F&M?
Each and every day, I learn something new about myself at Franklin & Marshall. I enjoy the transformative journey that has shaped my perception of the world around me. I have learned to use my indecisiveness to bring others together and collaborate on campus issues. I have learned the values of patience and determination, even when outcomes seem so farfetched or implausible. But most importantly, I have learned to reflect on past accomplishments and failures, in order to motivate myself and others to continue striving for success.
What did you enjoy most about your time at the College?
As a Posse Scholar from Miami, it’s very comforting to know that I am a part of a unique community. I am surrounded by individuals whom I have developed genuine and meaningful relationships with throughout my undergraduate years. I consider the endless and compassionate support from my professors, as well as staff and administration. The people I have met, and the friends I have made, are one of the most valued reasons behind my motivation. They influence me to remain positive, even when academic coursework gets very challenging or when my homesickness overwhelms my thoughts.
What advice would you give to rising seniors?
I’d advise rising seniors to take each day at a time, without worrying heavily about the end goal. It’s important to have a balance between, for example, achieving one specific career goal and merely going through the motions of senior year. Sometimes when we narrow our focus on one goal in life, we eliminate the other amazing possibilities that open up to us. At the same time, when we do not think about “What’s next?” we limit ourselves in learning about our true passions. Ultimately, everyone has his or her own timeline and objective. I’d advise rising seniors to remain focused and recognize that their own journey will be different from others around them. I’d remind them to reflect on the fact that they’ve made it this far as an excelling, contributing member of the tremendous liberal arts college that is Franklin & Marshall! Who knows what else they might achieve?!
What are your plans for after graduation?
I will be attending St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Fla., in the fall.