Clarkson Student Spotlight: April 2011

Leeah Cora Estell Franklin ‘12  
Innovation & Entrepreneurship, minor in Psychology

East Haven, Vermont native Leeah knows that the key to her own success is trying to live a stress-free lifestyle. But how does she do it? By doing her favorite things as much as possible, which include making art, going to the gym (she works there, too!) and listening to her favorite musician, Bob Marley. Let’s see what else Leeah had to say about Clarkson, reducing stress and more.

Q: If there was a soundtrack to your life, what artist would be playing?
A: Bob Marley. I love his music. It always puts me in a good mood and helps me to relax.

Q: What has been your favorite class?
A: Human Sexuality with Professor Gary Kelly. He is an excellent teacher and his class is very interesting. That class changed my entire outlook towards other people and taught me to better understand and appreciate individual differences.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: It’s hard to think of an absolute favorite place when there are so many places I have yet to visit. However, a couple years ago I went to Jamaica. I fell in love with the countryside, its green hills and beautiful coastline. The peaceful, carefree lifestyle of the locals and relaxed environment made it a great experience.

Q: Why did you choose Innovation & Entrepreneurship as your major?
A: It has always been my dream to own a restaurant some day, and in high school I knew that I wanted to continue my education and earn a degree in business. Once I got here, I realized that I had made the right decision and I really enjoyed my business classes. I went right ahead and declared my major freshman year.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: I have always been passionate about art, and I find that expressing my creativity through art is a wonderful way to reduce stress. I put all my work aside for an hour or more to sit comfortably in my apartment and work on one of many art projects that I currently am in the middle of.

Q: What does “defy convention” mean to you?
A: In my opinion, to “defy convention” means to go above and beyond what is expected. It means to challenge the standards set by society and create new and innovative methods for solving problems.

Q: Why did you choose Clarkson?
A: I chose to come to Clarkson because of its excellent business program. The School of Business has a lot to offer, and its reputation of being one of the best in the nation had a huge impact on my decision to enroll here. Also, I knew Clarkson’s rural location would be an ideal setting for me to focus on my studies.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: I would have to say chocolate is my guilty pleasure. My roommate and I both are addicted to chocolate, we have a special chocolate drawer in our kitchen devoted to our candy bars.

Q: What are your plans for the summer?
A: I’m really looking forward to the School of Business trip to Africa this summer. A small group of us are going to Uganda and Kenya with Professor Augustine Lado shortly after classes end. I have always wanted to go Africa and when I heard that Clarkson was offering the trip, I knew I had to be on it.

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