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Student Stories: Franklyn Correa

We’re here to help students along their journey to college and career success. Often, the best advice and inspiration comes from colleagues and peers. This series is by, for and of students in the middle of exciting transition periods along their learning journeys. We hope their stories help you navigate your own path. Want to be featured? Tell us your story.

Franklyn Correa was a former ACT Champion, high school valedictorian at Ketchikan High School in Alaska, and received a scholarship to attend Princeton, where he is currently studying engineering. Last summer, he had a paid internship with a large firm in Portland, Oregon to gain hands-on experience in the field of his dreams. Franklyn is working hard to give back to his parents who’ve encouraged him along his journey. He believes that all graduates should thank their parents and those who’ve helped them along the way. Get to know Franklyn below.

What do you plan to major in or what career do you plan to pursue? How did you discover your passion?

I am currently an aspiring civil engineer. I discovered my passion through extracurricular activities that focused on service and humanitarian initiatives.

What’s the best advice or mentorship you’ve received on your education and career journey?

During my journey, I've learned how easy it is to feel alone especially when the finish line seems so far. Now that I've reached this point in my life, I've found that remembering those who aided me along the way is enough to motivate me once again. For without their help, I would not be the person I am today.

What advice would you give a student who doesn’t yet know “what they want to do” in life?

I was lucky to have realized what I wanted to pursue early in my life, but I remember how it feels to work without a goal in mind. My only advice would be to reflect and to think about the little things that have given joy. Follow that feeling, but also be open to change. For example, I started with wanting to fly in the Air Force just like Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Now, I want to be a civil engineer because of how much fun I had working in construction. Though the ideas may sound silly, these are still directions that can be followed so chase after them!

Why do you think education and life-long learning are so powerful in helping people achieve success?

Expanding one's knowledge is the easiest way towards success. What you don't know is something you can't do. What you do know is at least a possibility.

Who would you like to thank for helping you along your journey to success? Why is gratitude important to you?

I'd like to thank my parents for continuing to support me as I chase after my dreams as well as everyone else who became part of my journey. Expressing gratitude is the least I can do for having individuals in my life who believe in me. Without their support, I wouldn't be the person I am today. So, thank you!

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