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The Marietta Effect

Peter Frantz

Peter Richard Frantz '09

Major: English

Minor: Religion

Additional Education: Master of Divinity, Ashland Theological Seminary, and TEFL Certification

Current Job: English teacher with Teach Overseas, and teaching at the English language school, American Culture, in Kütahya, Turkey.

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio.

Clubs/Organizations: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Ultimate Frisbee, Drama

Athletics: Intramural Football and Softball

Favorite Professor: Dr. Bev Hogue

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

The first time I visited I found myself quickly attached to the school. It had a very beautiful and intimate campus that I looked forward to exploring and enjoying. At the time I was also very drawn to the fields of English and Journalism, and noted that Marietta College had exceptional faculty in both programs.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I especially enjoyed going to the Sternwheel Festival during the first month of school each year. I remember always gathering a group of friends, walking down to the festival, grabbing some food from the vendors, and watching the fireworks out on the grass by the Ohio River. There was so much joking and laughing. And because it was during the first month of school each year, the festival was the perfect venue for getting to know some of the new students. This was where so many of my good friendships began to take shape!

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I truly enjoyed the freedom of living away from home. And it was easy to acclimate to independent living at Marietta College because of the community that the school provided. My professors did not distance themselves from me, but seemed interested in getting to know me and helping me learn who I was and where I was going. Because the campus was small, I would always see someone I knew on my way to class — whether a professor, a classmate or someone I knew from the office. I truly felt like I belonged at Marietta.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

The most important lesson I learned at Marietta College was that I am a leader. I can stand up and act on behalf of important causes or I can let someone else worry about them. But, because I have been given a unique perspective on the world, a voice to call out hypocrisy and injustice, and hands and feet that can transform ideas into tangible realities, sitting back and doing nothing is wasteful! There is a leader in all of us. Marietta College helped acquaint me with the leader within myself, and show me how he was capable of making a positive impact in the community. My career has greatly benefited from this training, as I have gone places and done things I would have never dreamed of doing before. I have been gifted by God. And because of that, I am obligated to share those gifts with a world that needs them.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, being a Pioneer means blazing your own trail and paving the way for others in the process. Given the quality of the programs and the tightknit community at Marietta College, every one of us develops as a Pioneer and blazes that new trail. Being a Pioneer means having both passion and compassion, being brave and yet humble, and fulfilling your potential.