We transform lives. It is what we do. Here is an inspiring alumni update that I received yesterday from Ross Mesnick, pictured above giving the senior speech at his Franklin Academy graduation ceremony.

Dear Fred:

I am midway through an unprecedented fall semester as I sit and write this update. Having completed two years of college, I have passed the midpoint as my first semester of the junior year comes to an end in less than seven weeks. My experiences at Franklin have prepared me for college life and beyond. I acquired the necessary social, emotional, and academic skills through my four-and-a-half years at Franklin. Now, I am incredibly confident in my ability to be an independent adult, capable of making significant contributions to society once I graduate from college in May of 2022.

Furthermore, I have developed myself more as a leader on-campus. I continue with the student government and currently serve as the Speaker of the Congress for my school, where I facilitate and oversee the campus student government’s legislative body. I’m fortunate to have been elected to this position. I believe that my passion for giving back to the campus community helped propel me into this role. However, I continue to be involved in many ways across campus.

Academically, I have been thriving since I enrolled at Binghamton. Currently, I have a cumulative GPA of 3.87/4.00, and I have received Dean’s List recognition for three of my four semesters at college. I attribute my determination, motivation, hard work, and success to the desire for self-improvement instilled in me during my years at Franklin.

With my college career more than halfway complete, I look ahead to what’s next after graduation. In the summer of 2019, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern at Lockheed Martin, one of the nation’s largest defense contractors. There I learned crucial skills and benefitted from invaluable experiences that I have applied to coursework and new situations. This past summer, I could not find employment because of the shortage of opportunities that arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like millions of others, I made the best of these challenging times and completed online classes to meet general education requirements for graduation. As a result, I broadened and intensified my academic concentration, allowing me to focus my business administration education on three specific pillars: supply chain management, management information systems, and business analytics.

Looking ahead to this upcoming summer, I am currently in the internship recruiting process. I will have more information on what I’ll be doing shortly. However, I have had final interviews for technology consulting internship roles in two of the Big Four accounting firms: Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Ernst & Young (EY). I received an offer from EY yesterday and will be deciding whether to accept or decline once I hear back from PwC by the end of this week.

All the best,
Ross Mesnick, FA Class of 2018