Let's Be Frank

A glimpse into the life of the president of the Military Veterans Club

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Let's Be Frank
Caleb Lopez, Senior Editor

Kean University is home to many students who take part in the many organizations and clubs on campus. They participate in these groups to make differences in any way they can for things they care the most about; Frank Schupp is one of those students.

Frank Schupp, is the president of the Military Veterans Club on campus. "The purpose of the Military Veterans Club is to provide assistance and camaraderie to the universities veteran students," Schupp said. 

Schupp has been heavily involved with this club for most of his academic career. "I was an Army Medic for over 10 years where I took care of heroes. It is something I am very proud of. Being able to help the heroes and student veterans here feels just as good. Veterans sacrifice a lot and deserve the best."

This mindset towards student veterans inspires all the ventures the Military Veterans Club takes up. Any organization that is driven by solid ideals that truly serve and benefit the individuals a part of it is set to thrive.    

This was evident in the Veteran's Day Ceremony, which took place on Nov. 10. The Military Veterans Club hosted the event, which ultimately went smoothly. It was clear to see that Frank Schupp was passionate about veterans. Schupp and his club did not have to set up a ceremony for veterans both living and dead. Yet he did so that the brave veterans that have risked their lives for our nation can be adequately respected and commemorated.

"First and foremost, taking the time to celebrate veterans on Veterans Day weekend only makes sense," Schupp said. This statement sums up his mentality towards veterans. Assisting veterans is just something that should be done, no questions asked. As a veteran himself, Schupp simply feels drawn to helping others in the service.

Apart from being a veteran and president of the Military Veterans Club, Frank Schupp is a psychology major in his senior year. He has been a diligent student throughout his academic career. However, he initially did not start off well.

"As I was getting used to it, my first semesters at Kean were more challenging," he mentioned. "Since getting used to it, things have been great. I have even made Honor Roll with a 4.0 recently. Hard work pays off."

When asked about any crucial experiences that have helped shape him into who he is today, Frank reflected upon winning the April Cohen Service Award in his junior year and working with the director of Veteran Services. 

"Receiving the Psychology Departments April Cohen Service Award last year was a great experience. It reminded me of the importance of serving others," Schupp mentioned. "Also, working with the Director of Veteran Services Vito Zajda on new projects for student veterans has been great. He is a very knowledgeable and motivating individual [who] I have been learning a lot [from over the years]." 

After he completes his years at Kean University, Schupp has no desire to change his passion. Instead, he has adopted that as his career goal. "I would love to continue working with the veteran population of New Jersey," Schupp said.

All in all, Frank Schupp is a Kean University student and ex-Army medic who is focused on making differences in the lives of veterans on campus and in New Jersey. He is a prime example of a student who is aware of their passion and determined to maximize it.   

about the author

Caleb Lopez, Senior Editor

Caleb Lopez is the Senior Editor of The Cougar's Byte. Caleb joined the staff as a Staff Writer in May 2017. Currently in his junior year, Caleb is a psychology major with a minor in biology. In the rare moments when he is not vigorously studying, Caleb loves to spend his time indulging in sports, music and food—especially Chick-fil-a.