This past week, my daughter Erin was invited to Phi Beta Kappa at F&M. An accomplishment that would make any parent proud, this invitation came in the midst of her process to select where she will be attending law school this coming fall. Having been accepted at multiple law schools, such as Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, Duke, UVa, William and Mary, NYU, etc…, Erin decided today that the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School will be her home for the next three years. We really couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments and her choice. It wasn’t an easy decision, but she just knew that Penn was the place for her.
Both of my daughters made the choice to accept the undergraduate invitation to attend Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster PA. They had many opportunities, and scholarship offers, to attend other schools. But at the end of the day, F&M was where they wanted to be. F&M is also the school that challenged them daily to push themselves beyond what they knew they were capable of. I will be forever grateful for the faculty that embraced each of my daughters and gave them the opportunity to grow academically and realize their potential. They saw something in each of them, developed personal relationships and encouraged them to exceed their own expectations of themselves. It is an amazing place that prepared them for what was ahead.
I’m a proud father. Proud of my daughter Allison in her pursuit to become a physician at Rush Medical College in Chicago, and proud of my daughter Erin pursuing law at the University of Pennsylvania. Along with my wife, who took these two on daily “adventures” that exposed them the world and opened their minds to the endless opportunities that were available to them, I feel blessed to have these amazing women in my life.
May the light of our Lord continue to shine upon you, and may your inner light shine upon all of those you serve.
“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.”– Benjamin Franklin