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Meet the Discovery Scholars

Joshua Franklin

Joshua Franklin

Major: Political Science and French

Where did you go to high school?
Westlake High School

When and why did you decide you wanted to attend UMBC?
I was interested in attending a school within the University of Maryland system. UMBC has a good reputation in academics, a nice sized campus, and a developing student life sphere.

How did you hear about the Discovery Scholars Living Learning Community (DS LLC)?
I actually just noticed the option on the housing application and went for it!

Why did you decide to participate in the DS LLC?
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in, so this program seemed like a great idea. Why not get some free extra help, right?

Did you know anyone else in Discovery Scholars when you started? Have you made friends through the program?
I didn’t know anyone else in the program starting off, but now my best friends on campus are several other Discovery Scholars.

What was the most interesting thing that happened during your first year at UMBC?
I founded the university’s French Club!

What was your favorite part of being part of Discovery Scholars?
Living on the same floor and hanging out with the other Discovery Scholars, and having Laila’s fantastic advising!

In what ways did the DS LLC experience help you at UMBC?
The special advising sessions probably affected the course of action that I’m taking. I know what direction I’m going in now, and Discovery Scholars definitely had a part in that.

Would you recommend DS LLC to other new UMBC students?
Absolutely. I think the program is perfect for incoming freshmen, and makes “being new” much easier. You get special advising, it’s a chance to meet new people, and there are free lunches once in a while (;

Tell us a few interesting things about yourself…?
Hey, I’m Josh.
I’m a dual French-American citizen, and love almost everything about France. I did crew for a little bit last semester but left it to pioneer the new UMBC French Club (which several Discovery Scholars have since joined). I have a beta fish in my dorm, his name is Abyss (poor guy was so sad at first), and he is an amazing little dude. I’m really interested in world news and what goes on around the international stage. At the same time, I did a lot of theater and some photography in high school, and love the arts. Also, I love Monopoly (which Bianca loves).