High school Senior Emily Scheibler lives in Illinois, north of Chicago. At school, her favorite subject is history and she partakes in a club where students eat scones and discuss albums. Outside of school, she works in retail, plays the violin, and enjoys developing her photography skills. Come August 2021, Emily will be joining Franklin’s new class of incoming students.

Emily first learned of Franklin in 2020 from a mutual connection. After reaching out to ask about my university experience, she soon applied and received notice of her acceptance. Fast forward to today, and she has already accepted her offer even though National College Decision Day (May 1, 2021) is several months away.

“Since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to travel. I didn’t have a dream job. Anything that would allow me to travel would work for me. I like getting out of my comfort zone.” Like many of Franklin’s students, Emily likes to travel. Franklin immediately caught her interest because of its Academic Travel program and the opportunity to study International Relations at a university that emphasizes intercultural experiences. While she did not get a chance to visit the campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she is excited to explore Lugano at the start of the next school year.

“If I’m able to, I want to take a train around Switzerland. I also really want to go to the town where Call Me By Your Name takes place.” Despite the uncertainty that the pandemic entails, Emily hopes she can eventually travel around Switzerland safely. She also wants to visit Crema, southeast of Milan, the Italian city where the romantic drama Call Me By Your Name was filmed. For anyone who might be wondering, past Franklin students have made the trip there too.

Today, Emily is preparing herself mentally for the transition from high school to college. “I feel like my family has had a hard time adjusting to the fact that I’m going really far away. I’ve been working to mentally prepare myself because I think it might be difficult at first, but at the end of the day, I think it will be worth it.” To get ready, Emily has started researching Lugano and learning Italian, which she hopes to improve while living in Ticino.

Emily also plans to get involved with clubs and extracurricular activities to meet new people. As an extrovert, she hopes that school activities will foster a sense of community for new students during the pandemic. While she looks forward to meeting students, she also wants to meet others within the community. “I’m excited about going to college, but I’m also nervous about making the initial jump. I want to get close to people that I’ll be at Franklin with, but I’m also excited to meet people out and about. Things have changed with COVID, but I’m still excited to talk to new people.”