Curtis Frye began his Northeastern journey when he entered the General Studies Program in the fall of 2016.
Like many General Studies students, the Northwood, NH native was a recruited athlete. In Curtis’ case, his sport of choice was hockey. Knowing that he wanted to study business, Curtis worked with his advisor to choose classes that would prepare him to successfully transition into the D’Amore-McKim School of Business by the beginning of his sophomore year. For example, his first semester schedule included: an introductory business course, an introductory writing course, a math course, an economics course, and the General Studies first-year seminar. Curtis earned 17 credit hours his first semester, and another 17 his second semester.
Curtis made the Dean’s List for both the fall and spring semesters, and even earned a spot in Northeastern’s Honors Program, proving that he had learned to balance his academic and athletic commitments like a pro.
The most valuable part of the General Studies Program for me was the opportunity to have a mentor that had already been through the program point out key areas to focus on, specifically time management and study areas.
Curtis also made the commitment to giving back to the General Studies Program when he began serving as a peer mentor in his second year. As a peer mentor, Curtis attends the GENS first-year seminar each week and provides the incoming students with guidance on how best to study, take notes, and set priorities in order to achieve academic success. Curtis chose to be a peer mentor because he knows first-hand the benefit of working with one.
In fact, in his application to become a peer mentor, Curtis cited his contact with peer mentors as one of the most valuable parts of the General Studies Program. He writes, “The most valuable part of the General Studies Program for me was the opportunity to have a mentor that had already been through the program point out key areas to focus on, specifically time management and study areas. “
Curtis is currently a combined finance and economics major and plans to graduate in 2020.