"Cor" Story: Double Major Loves Theater, Hopes to Teach Latin or Chemistry

Elizabeth LaFrance


Published Date: July 03, 2014

The University of Dallas Cor Fund provides scholarships to hundreds of UD students. We are sharing some of their stories. Donations to the Cor Fund come from alumni, parents and friends of UD.

Chemistry and classics comprise Elizabeth LaFrance's, BA '17, double major, a combination that outside of UD might seem odd but here is considered perfectly normal.

As LaFrance put it, "The list of small, passionately Catholic schools that excel in both the humanities and the sciences is very short."

A student who seeks this type of well-rounded education, especially in a Catholic environment, will be almost inevitably drawn to UD. LaFrance first heard about UD from some family friends who had met each other here and spoke highly of it. She then learned that UD is on the Cardinal Newman list of recommended Catholic colleges, has high acceptance rates of its graduates into medical schools and provides a strong classical liberal arts foundation for every student, regardless of major.

Like many UD students, LaFrance has a full life outside of class, too. She participates in drama and was cast as Edith von Berg in the fall 2013 semester senior studio play "The Eagle with Two Heads." LaFrance was in theater in high school and was glad to learn that the UD drama department welcomes the involvement of all students in productions whether they are drama majors or not.

"I also spent many nights volunteering with the department, selling concessions outside at the mainstage show, enjoying simply spending time with others who share a passion for theater," said LaFrance.

UD has also provided LaFrance with the opportunity to explore a newfound interest in dancing through the Swing Club and the Contra-Dancing Club.

"With meetings once a week and very relaxed and happy atmospheres, the time spent at these clubs is a relief from the stress of classes and a joy to share with friends," said LaFrance.

When they want to venture off campus, LaFrance and her friends take full advantage of UD's DART stop.

"The DART took practically no time at all for us to get the hang of," LaFrance said. "We take it into Dallas to visit the Dallas Museum of Art, get some 'real food' or just walk around the city. We theater lovers have even been able to plan a couple of trips to see what the Dallas theater scene has to offer, including a Shakespeare in the Park show and Samuel Beckett's 'Happy Days' at the Bath House Cultural Center."

After UD, LaFrance thinks she will likely go either to graduate school for chemistry or to medical school.

"I'd like to go into research or medicine for a while, but eventually I'd also like to teach high school, either Latin or chemistry," said LaFrance.

As soon as she learned about UD, LaFrance knew it was the school for her, but the Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program (LaFrance's father teaches at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio) and the Cor Fund were what made coming to UD a reality.

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