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Calinda Franklin

BS in Management

Calinda Franklin

Why did you choose Pepperdine Graziadio to complete your degree?

Pepperdine is a Christian university with a strong religious tradition. My faith is a big part of who I am and what I look for in my education. When you can study somewhere where you feel comfortable about your lifestyle and can apply what you learn to your life, your education becomes that much more worthwhile and meaningful. I want to be an example to my younger siblings since I'm the oldest of 6 kids. I have to strive for the best no matter what.

"To be a Pepperdine student means to be among the best."


What are some of your favorite aspects of being a Pepperdine Graziadio student?

I loved my Organizational Behavior class. The small class size of 15 allowed me to get to know other students and not be scared to show who I am. I'm an introvert, but I learned that it's ok to be myself, to really trust people. The students and professors at Pepperdine truly want you to succeed. When you do group projects, everyone works together towards a common goal.

What are your career aspirations post-graduation?

I would like to work in the hotel management and hospitality industry. My degree has helped me become better at reading personalities and understanding the motivations of people, which is perfect for when you interact with clients and guests on a daily basis. 

If you were to describe the typical Pepperdine Graziadio student, what would you say?

Behind Pepperdine stands a reputation of hard work, values, and excellence. To be a Pepperdine student means to be among the best. You have to have a strong work ethic and carry yourself professionally.

What would you tell people who worry about how to finance their degree?

At Pepperdine, the financial advisors are super helpful in teaching you about financial aid, including loans and grants. Pepperdine worked with me and my situation in a way that far exceeded my expectations. Going to school here offers you a great foundation. Don't be afraid, make a choice, this degree will last you for the rest of your life.