Janine Bogris ’18 | @OurSyracuseU

Janine Bogris ’18 is majoring in Public Relations in the Newhouse School with a minor in Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Maxwell School. She is from Fair Lawn, NJ.

On campus, Janine is involved with the Student Association and the Alumni Board of Directors as the Class of 2018 representative. She is a a Phanstiel Scholar and studied abroad in Berlin last year. She interned with W2O this past summer.

 

 

What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?

My favorite things about SU is how passionate everyone in the Syracuse community is about the school. Student and alumni love talking about their experience at SU and imparting wisdom about how to get the most out of your experience.

What is your favorite Syracuse memory?

My sophomore year, I took advantage of the buses to Houston for the Final Four. Even though we lost the game, it was still the most incredible experience. Being a part of that community and being able to experience a Final Four in the student was an unmatched experience. Plus, I got to meet one of my biggest inspirations when Joe Biden L’68 made his way through our student section.

If you could tell a new or incoming student just ONE thing about Syracuse, what it would be?

My best piece of advice for a new student would be to join organizations because it is the perfect way to find your place on campus and meet your closest friends. I really did meet some of my closest friends in the organizations I’ve been a part of.

Jen Sweet ’18 | @OurSyracuseU

Jen Sweet ’18 is majoring in Communication & Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual & Performing Arts and Political Science in the Maxwell School. She is from Jackson, NJ.

On campus, Jen is President of Traditions Commission, Community Engagement Co-Chair of the Syracuse University Student Association and a Resident Advisor in DellPlain Hall.

 

What is your favorite thing/part about SU?

While the student body is large, the community here makes SU feel small. I never fail to see friends while walking around campus, and always manage to find connections with new people I meet. Despite being 300 miles from home, I love the family I have here.

 

What is your favorite on-campus activity/event?

Winter Carnival is by far my favorite on-campus event. It takes place for a week in February when the Syracuse winter is at its harshest, and works to get students out of their winter blues. With Trivia, Chili Cook Off, and Cozy Cappella, it’s easily one of my favorite weeks of the year.

What is your favorite SU memory?

Freshman year, some of my friends and I decided to camp out for seats for the Duke game. My friend and I volunteered to sleep in the Dome, which was an experience in and of itself. The next day we were in the fourth row of seats, amazed at how close we’d be to see the biggest game of the season. While the game itself did not end how we would’ve hoped, being a part of that whole experience was amazing. I’ve never felt more connected with the University community than hanging out in the Dome for three hours with hundreds of my fellow students waiting for the game to start. I left the Dome that night hoarse from cheering and full of pride for this snowy place that had so quickly captured my heart.

If you could tell a new or incoming student just ONE thing about SU, what it would be?

Syracuse will change your life. You’ll learn far more about yourself, your classmates, and the world around you than you will any discipline you study, and you will grow more in your time here than you ever thought possible.

The Communication and Rhetorical Studies Department had afforded me some of the most meaningful experiences of my time here at SU, I often think of it as a hidden gem. Last spring I had the privilege of participating in an alumni engagement trip to NYC, where students from the department were able to talk with recent alums across various fields – ranging from TV production to corporate communication and everything in between. Not only was it enlightening to realize just how many direction a CRS degree can take you, but also comforting to hear no matter how surreal it seems jobs will come. My CRS classes have taught me so much, from career relevant classes like Political Communication and Speechwriting, to classes like Race Ethnicity and Communication or Mindful Communication which have challenged me on a more personal level – allowing me to look more critically at my outlook and world view. Although from time to time I do tire of explains what exactly the Communication and Rhetorical Studies program is, I never run out of words to say what it means to me – JS

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Panasci Lounge is easily my go to study spot, I always refer to it was my second home – and my friends refer to it as my first. It reminds me of how small Syracuse University can be. One of my favorite things about SU is that for a school of 14,000 undergrads, I can find a mutual friend with nearly everyone I meet. We’re a large student body, but still manage to have a tight knit community, making it feel like home. Coming to Panasci to hang out and do work always means seeing at least 3-5 familiar faces, and getting a chance to catch up with friends new and old. Any day of the week it’s a pretty safe bet you can find me in a table by the windows, drinking a Dunkin coffee and attempting to be productive – JS

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Vanessa Salman ’17 | @OurSyracuseU

Vanessa Salman ’17 is majoring in Political Science with a minor in History in the Maxwell School and the College of Arts & Sciences. She is in Albany, NY this semester as part of the Assembly Intern Program in Albany.

On campus, Vanessa was previously an intern and ambassador for Career Services, a communications and social media assistant in the Maxwell School’s Office of Alumni Relations, communications director for the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and a columnist and staff writer for the Daily Orange. She also participated in the DC Immersion Program and has interned with the U.S. House of Representatives and locally in Rep. John Katko’s district office in Syracuse.


What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?

I love how uniquely strong and united our Orange alumni network is. In addition to my work with Maxwell’s Office of Alumni Relations, I have been in contact with various alumni from different graduation cohorts and degree programs, and despite these differences between them, they’ve been consistently willing to help SU students in any capacity they can. SU provides so many ways for students and alums to connect, such as the immersion programs and the @WorkingOrange initiative through
Career Services, Orange Central events, and winter break coffee chats through the College of Arts and Sciences Career Services office. I’ve learned that this network is unique, as no other school has this deep rooted pride like the Orange do.

What is your favorite Syracuse memory?

My favorite SU memory would have to be visiting the campus for Own the Dome during my senior year of high school. I had already made my decision to attend, since I applied Early Decision, but it made me even more excited to come back in the fall
for classes! As a first generation college student (and almost graduate), it was so surreal for me to walk around the school that I believed (and still do) would give me the tools to succeed in life.

If you could tell a new or incoming student just ONE thing about Syracuse, what it would be?

SU gives students the platform for exploring their interests — take advantage of it as best as you can! From yoga classes, to political organizations, to major-specific clubs, there truly is something for everyone. If you have a passion or hobby, there is
most likely a club filled with other people who enjoy that activity as well.

One of my first SU experiences was when I participated in Own the Dome during my senior year of high school. Own the Dome is an opportunity for accepted students to sleep in the Carrier Dome and meet other accepted students. There are many fun activities planned for the students, such as a hypnotist show and student performances, such as a capella groups and dance troupes. Since I applied Early Decision, I used this opportunity to get to know my future roommate and the campus better. Plus, not many people can say they’ve slept in the Dome! Funny timing, as today was the last day of #OwntheDome2017! If you have the chance to participate in this event, or to attend any one of SU’s admitted students receptions, I strongly encourage it! -VS

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As I mentioned in my introductory post, I am currently completing an internship in the NY State Assembly Session internship program in Albany. This program is offered in the spring semester through the political science department, in collaboration with the NY State Assembly Intern Committee. Each student is assigned to an Assemblymember’s office, where they work on legislative research and projects, take meetings on behalf of their members, attend committee meetings, and more. My member has ensured that I have had an enriching experience, and I am thankful for that. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the inner workings of New York State government. One of my favorite things to do in my downtime is walk around inside the Capitol building. The architectural details on every floor are astounding!-VS

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Being an @artsciencessu and Maxwell student has so many advantages. The Maxwell School is equipped with some of the leading experts in their respective fields. One thing I’ve learned is that professors are always willing to speak with you, regardless of whether they’ve had you in a class. I was interested in the work of a renowned professor in the School, Ralph Ketcham, so I reached out to him. After speaking to him on the subject of the history of democracy, he invited me to take his second year masters seminar. As a junior in college, it was the biggest academic challenge I had faced. It sure was worth it, and Professor Ketcham and I have stayed in touch since. Some of the most memorable classes I’ve taken are Political Conflict with Professor Gavin Duffy, Campaign Analysis with Professor Danielle Thomsen, American Democracy through House of Cards and The Newsroom, and American Culture in the Age of TV, both taught by PhD students. -VS

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This marks the end of my takeover. Thank you for following along! I’ve had a blast reminiscing on my time at SU, and looking ahead at my future as an alumna. It’s so hard to believe that this will soon be a reality! In about a month, I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college. I couldn’t thank Syracuse University enough for giving me this invaluable experience. After graduation, I hope to find an opportunity that allows me to combine my passions for politics and communications. With all this talk about graduation, I dug up this photo of my high school graduation cap. One of our school colors was also orange, so I guess you could say I’ve grown to love the color 🍊 -VS (@vanessasalman)

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Fatima Bangura ’17 | @OurSyracuseU

Fatima Bangura ’17 is majoring Broadcast & Digital Journalism at the Newhouse School with a minor in African American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. 

On campus, Fatima is involved with the Orange Television Network, “Mornings on the Hill, ” “Live from Studio B,” and Renegade Magazine. She’s also studied abroad in Jamaica and interned with MSNBC.

Hey everyone, I’m Fatima Bangura, a senior Broadcast & Digital Journalism major at @newhousesu. Originally from Staten Island, NY, but Richmond, VA is my honorary hometown. It’s my last semester at SU and I’m consumed in all things media right now. I’m currently a writer and former features editor for @renegademagsu, SU’s only Black general interest magazine on campus. At @orangetvnetwork_, I collaborate with an awesome team to shoot, edit, and package student performances organized by SU’s various multi-talented student orgs. And I’m a producer for a weekly live morning news show called “Mornings on the Hill”, that not only keeps students in the know on what’s happening on campus, but also showcases the incredible talent in the “Newhouse Mafia.” I will be documenting my experience at SU this week and giving a look into the untold stories and unsung things on campus. So stick with me for more after the break! –FAB #SyracuseU

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What is your favorite thing/part about SU?

I enjoy Orange After Dark events and the commitment faculty and staff to ensure student success. I also appreciate the diverse student groups who host events that highlight non-mainstream culture on campus.

What is your favorite SU memory?

My favorite SU memory to-date is going on the Beyond the Beach short-term study abroad program with Professor Linda Carty. It was my first time out of the United States, and I definitely expanded my knowledge and understanding of how society’s work and look like outside of America.

If you could tell a new or incoming student just one thing about SU, what it would be?

You are ultimately here to learn, to be better, and to earn your diploma. Nothing should stand in the way of that. Syracuse has made me far more aware of the world around me, and I am a better me as a result of it.

 

So my goal is not to be at the anchor desk but instead here: in the control room. Producing live television is my immediate career interest. Through networking at an @nabjsu National Conference and working with the @newhousesu Career Development Center, I earned an internship at MSNBC last summer. It was everything I needed to know news production was the career for me. I enjoy the high energy of breaking news and making decisions on how information is presented to viewers. Producing for @newhousesu “Mornings on the Hill” gives me the opportunity to continue doing at Newhouse what I did at 30 Rock, finding and providing viewers with timely, compelling and balanced information they can use however they chose. All schools at SU have great college-to-career programs, but being proactive is key! I personally meet with career advisors and use CDC resources weekly to make sure I’m on the right track to land my dream job! -FAB #SyracuseU

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Good morning beautiful people! It’s Day 2 of my @oursyracuseu takeover, and this morning I’m getting in a few more minutes of studying before my web design midterm. The @ischoolsu is my go-to study place; it has constructive and innovative vibes that heighten my productivity. There is always a place to hideout and knockout assignments because it has the most computer labs of any school. I prefer the 020 lab in the basement because it’s quiet and has windows showing the day’s weather and displays abstract, industrial-like artwork students can gaze at while figuring out the next sentence in a term paper or how to fix CSS code for a digital design. I used to think I could only go to Newhouse labs and Bird Library to get work done. But it seems most computers on campus share the same software, so I can access ENPS (a news production software) on a Mac desktop in @newhousesu and on the PC desktops in @ischoolsu. Back to studying. Wish me luck! –FAB #SyracuseU

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It goes without saying @oursyracuseu is a well-rounded university: most of our colleges are nationally ranked, faculty are top-tier in their respective fields, athletic teams are fierce competition, and we have the BEST weather (I love snow! ❄⛄😊) But with all these great things to look forward to, I think another lesser known aspect is how open SU’s campus is. And not just spatially, but students have access to people on campus in high places, like the Chancellor. Esteemed faculty and staff make conscious efforts to reach out to students and get their opinion on ways campus can improve. There are various focus groups and receptions held to make sure the student voice is heard. So if there is a suggestion you’d like to propose or an initiative you’d like to start, it is easy to get faculty consultation and support. –FAB #SyracuseU

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The main reason we decide to go to college is ultimately to graduate and get a job, right? I can tell you first-hand the job search process is daunting. You need to prepare flawless resumes and cover letters, complete various online applications, and most importantly follow through with the HR department or mentor. Everything about internship/job searching includes networking. And while pitching yourself to professional people you don’t really know is quite intimidating (for some), SU does help students conquer half the task. When you walk around different schools, you will inevitably come across a wall or bulletin board with hundreds of posters and flyers advertising different speakers and events happening on campus. This is a great way to put yourself in front of industry reps and have access to people you otherwise wouldn’t think to reach out to. For example, students can talk to Trevor Noah and Anderson Cooper tomorrow and Thursday. Even though, they are not on campus in-person, there is still the opportunity to ask them questions face-to-face. How cool?! These are the kind of grand opportunities SU students get. So don’t ignore the board because there’s too much stuff on it. Be curious! You never know how it might help get you to the next level. -FAB #SyracuseU

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Can you guess what this little gadget is? Hint: VR… It’s a Samsung Gear 360. This little ball of technological joy is possibly the future of the communications industry. Both @newhousesu and @ischoolsu encourage students to dive into new immersive technology and learn how to integrate it into their respective fields. Digital is the new ‘it’ and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. Think about it: we consume news, entertainment, games, and even buy stuff via smartphones. So it only makes sense for industries to adapt to what their target audiences are doing. SU does a magnificent job of integrating up-and-coming tech devices into curriculum and just getting students interested in what’s new. I’ve had the opportunity create 360 videos at the local zoo and at community centers to give people a virtual experience of a place they’ve probably never been to. It’s immersive! Shout out to SU for nurturing innovation. –FAB #SyracuseU

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My absolute favorite experience at SU thus far was my short-term abroad program to Jamaica. It was my first time out of the country and immersed in another culture. Prior to the experience, I rarely thought about how people lived in other countries or how other places operated institutionally. But visiting Kingston and Negril, Jamaica was invigorating. The food was authentic, fresh and flavorful. The people were beautiful and eclectic. The scenery was breath-taking. While there, I experienced so many awesome things: I climbed to the top of the Blue Mountains, sang in Bob Marley’s house, and visited Rick’s Café. The program’s purpose was to give students a look into how tourism and capitalism influences Jamaica’s economy. We saw the beautiful parts of Jamaica advertised to tourists and the real cities that everyday people occupy. We attended classes at the University of the West Indies and learned about the local dialects, arts, and culture. I also got to experience first-hand the maxim “When America sneezes, Jamaica catches a cold.” It was immediately obvious that our class were tourists and we were either adored or ignored by the local people. Overall, I learned an incredible amount about life in another nation and made amazing, lasting memories. –FAB #SyracuseU

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Student organizations put on the best events. I’ve met some of my favorite celebs like Oprah Winfrey, Laverne Cox, Anderson Cooper, Judy Smith, Kendrick Lamar and Tracee Ellis Ross at events that were conceptualized and organized by student orgs. Recently, the Student Association planned a day trip taking students to Washington, D.C to experience the highly-anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. The museum is incredibly difficult to get into because tickets are always sold out. But somehow SA got us in. This was another rich moment I will never forget and thank SU for. Beyond Juice Jam and Mayfest, our student orgs execute the best educational, exhilarating, and memorable events. -FAB #SyracuseU

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Traditions Commission Executive Board | @OurSyracuseU

The Traditions Commission Executive Board took over @OurSyracuseU for Winter Carnival 2017! The team includes: Lauren Chilcott ’17, Kyle Putnam ’17, Kristen Unangst ’17, Megan Wilcox ’18, Carly Kaplan ’19, and Jen Sweet ’17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallory Miller ’17 | @OurSyracuseU

Mallory Miller ’17 is studying Sport Management at Falk College and Information Management & Technology at the School of Information Studies (iSchool).

On campus, Mallory is involved with the Sport Management Club, OttoTHON, and Special Olympics New York. She was also part of the winning team of the 2016 MLB College Challenge.

What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?
My favorite thing is SU’s involvement with the Syracuse community and how our learning goes beyond the classroom into the real world.

What is your favorite SU memory?
My favorite memory was waiting in the Dome for 6 hours for the Duke game my freshman year and almost having a heart attack when the game tied in the last second to go to overtime. I think about that game all the time and how the people I sat with are now my best friends but I didn’t know them at all at the time.

If you could tell a new or incoming student just ONE thing about SU, what it would be?
Get involved in the Syracuse community as soon as you can. There’s so much to learn and so many ways to volunteer.