Sunday, June 27, 2010

Outstanding Graduate: Valarie Franklin

Valarie Franklin is one of this spring's examples of the kinds of outstanding graduates Ferris State University produces and sends into the real world.

Franklin has had to overcome a lot, but has persevered to become a graduate of Ferris with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Here is a small portion of a feature story that was first published in Points of Pride and later featured later on the News Services Web site:

With a plan in hand, Valarie Franklin and her service dog, Sunny, arrived at Ferris State University ready to hit the books.

The self-professed planner says it didn’t matter if her plotted course changed along the way as long as she had a goal to work toward.

Having a passion for medicine, Franklin’s plan came to fruition this spring as she was awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Setting goals is what has helped the Davison native find success in her endeavors. Another factor in Franklin’s success has been Sunny, a 10-year-old Golden Retriever.

Franklin has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bone Disease. Sunny’s presence has allowed her to enjoy college and live on her own. She says her Ferris experience with Sunny has been great.

For the complete story, visit the News Services Web site.

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