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Justin Frye ’13: WE LEAD Health & Wellness Team Member

 

Although most of the students featured in the Her Campus articles are busy and involved, let’s all just take a moment to be glad we aren’t quite as insane as senior exercise science major Justin Frye from Clarksburg, W.Va.

Get ready for the list of Frye’s extracurriculars at Wesleyan: WE LEAD, Student Ambassador, Student Senate, Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta, Student Wellness Committee, Atmospherics Committee, Landscape Committee, Library Strategic Planning Task Force, WV Campus Compact Student Advisory Board, LEAP and Intramural Volleyball. Did you get all of that?

For Frye, though, most of his time and energy is spent on the WE LEAD program. Frye is currently a member of the Health & Wellness Team.

“There are always so many events and projects that those of us on the Health & Wellness team want to sponsor, so we are constantly working on something,” he says. “We are always surprised at how much time and work goes into a single project.”

The subject matter is close to Frye’s heart. After graduation, he will be working in the Emergency Department at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport while looking into medical and physician assistant schools. His interest in health is what led him to head up the Health & Wellness team and take on leadership roles.

“Last year I was a co-founder and Issue Team Organizer of the Health & Wellness Issue Team, and this year I am the Wellness Center and Student Senate Liaison,” Frye says.

Despite his impressive resume, Frye realizes the necessity of having time for himself and reflection and important lesson that he has learned from his extensive campus involvement.

“Managing time and learning when to say ‘no’ is vital,” Frye says. “I always want to help out where it is needed, but sometimes that leads to becoming involved in too many areas. It is also important to remember that quality is better than quantity.”

Throughout all of his participation in nearly every aspect of Wesleyan, it is easy to see that the college has shaped him almost as much as he has helped to shape the college. Although graduation is right around the corner, Frye has multiple lessons to take with him when he leaves.

“I have learned that it is crucial, especially in today’s world, to be as well-rounded as one can be,” he says. “I have also realized the importance of stepping out of my comfort zone. As Dr. Greg Bradley-Popovich, one of my favorite Wesleyan professors, always says, ‘Outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.’”

Frye’s friendships, professors, classes and organizations have made his time at college a life-changing experience. Perhaps his greatest lesson, however, is how very much others have helped him to reach all of his amazing goals.

“Overall, I have learned that it is extremely important to be able to work well with others as part of a multidisciplinary team,” Frye says. “Very few things are accomplished acting as an individual, but almost anything is possible while working with others.”

These are lessons that Frye will be able to take with him forever—and lessons that just go to show his many successes will not end when he graduates, but will continue to grow and multiply for the rest of his life. 

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