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Meet Deron Molen, Franklin College Junior


“I chose Franklin College because it felt more like home, rather than just another place to go to school.”Deron

                            —Deron Molen ’16


For junior Deron Molen, coming to Indiana from his home in Fort Worth, Texas, was an easy decision. While for some, being far from family can result in homesickness, for Molen, it is not even on the radar.

“I’m always asked how I avoid being homesick one thousand miles from home. The answer is simple: I stay involved and found a campus that can serve as my home. While nothing beats Mom’s cooking or playing with my dogs, having a group of brothers, teammates, colleagues and professors who are there for me no matter what is a close second.”

Molen’s involvement has done more than just deter homesickness; it also has affected him academically by making him a stronger student and person. Molen participates in many activities, from running cross country and writing for, to being in Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) fraternity and completing internships.

“These activities have not only allowed me to do what I love, but they’ve also given me an opportunity to become a leader in multiple areas. From teaching me time management, prioritizing, and goal setting, these organizations have made me better inside and outside of the classroom.”

Last summer, Molen completed an internship in Washington, D.C., with the Scripps Howard News Service and is currently completing another at the Both have contributed to the unique experiences he’s had while at Franklin College.

“I was able to work for a nationally recognized news provider under the tutelage of a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and her investigative reporting team. I also received the opportunity to visit the White House and sit in on a press conference with Israeli President Shimon Peres. These two phenomenal opportunities will show employers that I am not only strong in the classroom, but I am strong in the field as well.”

Molen explained that because of the college’s journalism program, he was able to obtain field experiences much earlier than those offered at other colleges. For him, this made his decision of coming to Franklin even easier.

“Franklin College gave me the hands-on experience needed to break into the journalism field. Every journalist I’ve talked to in the field has emphasized that hands-on experiences and connections make or break you in this business. Franklin has given me the opportunity to get both, on a local, state and national level.”

For more information about what a degree from Franklin College can do for you, contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 852-0232.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world.  The college offers its approximately 1,000 students bachelor of arts degrees in 55 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 41 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and four cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation.  Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA.  For more information, visit




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