William Franke

William Franke hopes to use his degree to work with a relief group. When he isn't studying, he enjoys playing the piano, rock climbing, and hammocking on central campus.

Will balances activities and academics his freshman year

Due to a month long trip spent in Uganda in high school, Will knows he wants to be a physician’s assistant with a relief group so he can help people around the world. He started at Iowa State in the fall of 2015, and although he’s a freshmen, he is already taking steps toward making his career a reality.

The first part of Will’s plan is school. He understands his education needs to come first right now, even if it means sacrificing a night with friends.

“I need to work now so I can get enjoyment later,” he said. “It can be difficult, I’m not going to lie. I don’t have a lot of free time, but it does help me appreciate the free time I do have.”

His next step was getting involved, although he made sure not to overdo it. He chose to serve as a participant for Dance Marathon, an important organization where he could make a difference, and the Mountaineering and Climbing club, one where he could just have fun. His said this is important because in college it’s about finding a balance and not over-exerting yourself.

“Once you know when to start and stop being productive, you can do a lot,” he said. “I wanted to be very involved in my clubs, but I knew I had to wait until I found that balance.”

He said it has been hard to find out what that balance is. He wants to dedicate time to his school work, but he also understands it’s important to give yourself a break every now and then. He also discovered his limitations, so he is focusing on what he can do now to get him where he wants to be academically, socially, and professionally.

“Right now I’m trying to make myself as competitive as I can by gaining skills, experience, and an education," he said. "I have to help myself first so I can be the best for others.”