NSU Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS) Alumni


Display Name

Franklin Saunders Hiffernan


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NSU Major

BS Biology

NSU Undergraduate Date


Other Institutions of Study

Enrolling in Medical School

Highest Degree Completed




NSU Experience

The biology program at NSU offers a wide range of introductory, intermediate, and advanced level courses. It is very beneficial to an aspiring doctor such as myself, and many of you, to take advantage of the diverse curriculum that is available. The harder you work in your undergraduate years, the better prepared you will be for the challenges that lie ahead.

One of my favorite things about NSU was the small class sizes. They gave me many opportunities to get to know my professors and ask the questions that I needed to understand complex theories. Also, the landscaping on campus is just beautiful. Even on a rainy day it’s hard to frown when you look around at the palm trees and flowers that are planted all around. It makes for a great environment to learn and grow.

My words of wisdom for current students would be to look ahead to the future and set goals early on. Being a cancer survivor, I felt my calling to the field of medicine long before I enrolled in college. Maybe your calling will not be derived so plainly as mine, but each of us has a great capacity to expand our minds and to do amazing things for ourselves, and for others. So be kind, be open to new experiences, and work hard.

“A young man or woman can work at excessive speed with no ill effects, but youth is unfortunately not a permanent condition of life.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald.


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