Brianna Franklin, a biology major from Richmond, Texas, is a defensive specialist on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns volleyball team.
Although her love of volleyball was a large influence on her decision to attend UL Lafayette, it wasn’t her only reason.
“I absolutely love everything about the academic side of attending this university,” Brianna said. “Professors are relatable and friendly and make learning fun.”
Brianna chose the biology program because it allowed her to follow her passions.
“I chose biology because I absolutely love science, I have always known that,” she said. “I also love helping others and being able to provide for others. Obtaining a degree in biology gives me the opportunity to do both in future career paths.”
Brianna’s passion for science has been strengthened through her classes, especially Biology 111, which she took with Dr. Phyllis Griffard.
“She really opened my eyes about the fact that biology is not just in a textbook, but it’s all around us all the time,” Brianna said. “She would bring in plants and different fungi from around campus to use during her lectures which really brought the learning to life."
"She also made me appreciate Louisiana’s unique ecosystems and their importance to our everyday lives.”
Brianna’s favorite thing about UL Lafayette is the family atmosphere.
“The hospitality of professors and fellow students makes studying here easy,” she said. “Professors genuinely care about your education.”
Brianna has truly enjoyed her experience with the biology department.
“My department is amazing because they are always willing to go the extra mile for students,” she said. “Not only am I always being taken care of, but I am getting great hands-on and hands-off experience. The labs and research opportunities are endless along with the influx of knowledge from great professors.”
Brianna is confident the skills she is learning will help her succeed in her career.
“Although I am only a sophomore here, I have already learned so much,” she said. “I have gotten in-depth instructions on skills in the lab that will stay with me for the rest of my scientific career, like proper microscope usage and knowing how to properly centrifuge materials. I have gained more efficient study skills and organizational skills that I will need in my future.”