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 Group this past summer.
Happy Monday Orange nation! My name is Janine Bogris and I’ll be taking over the OurSyracuseU account this week. I am a senior Public Relations major and Political Science minor. I’m from Fair Lawn, NJ and a diehard Mets fan. On campus I intern with the Office of Admissions and I’m involved in Student Association, the SU Alumni Board, the Newhouse Center for Social Commerce, and DanceWorks. Can’t wait to share the SU experience through my eyes, so follow along all week to get a peek! -JB
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.
My freshman year, one of the things I was most excited to get involved in was Student Association. I was elected to represent the students in my home college and have been doing so ever since. One of the most impactful things I have done while at SU is acting as the undergraduate representative to a committee that created campus free speech policy recommendations for administration. It is that kind of campus wide impact that attracted me to SA. During my time in SA I have worn many hats. I am currently the Board and Elections and Membership chair, handling all elections, recruiting and internal matters. I also sit on the Alumni Board as a student representative. SA has shaped my college experience and I love being a part of an organization that creates positive change on our campus. -JB
Long before I was accepted to SU, I was rooting for our basketball team. So when I finally got to be a part of our student section, I was ecstatic. I loved the excitement around the Final Four run my sophomore year. When I found out that there would be buses to Houston for the game, I made sure I would be on them. Even though we lost the game, it was such an incredible experience to be able to cheer from the student section at a Final Four. Didn’t hurt that SU alumnus and then Vice President Joe Biden made his way through the student section and I got to meet him! Go Orange 🍊-JB
I like to say that I choose SU for the weather. Winter is my favorite season and I’m so glad I go to a school that gets plenty of it. Although I could do without some of the days where the temperature is below zero, I countdown to the first snowfall of each school year. I think our campus might have been designed to look beautiful in the snow. Unfortunately (although some may say fortunately) our campus is snow free right now, so here is a picture from last winter. -JB
When I think back on all the incredible courses I’ve taken here at SU, there is one that sticks out. Last year I took Race, Gender and the Media. This class brought to light the issues of representation in all forms of media. As a discussion based class, I loved getting to talk and debate with my peers as we formed our opinions on the world around us. This is just one of the many examples of classes I have taken at SU and Newhouse that change how I see the world around me and require critical thinking. My professors have given me the tools and truly cared about my success in and out of the classroom. I love to be challenged and pushed to succeed in ways I didn’t think possible. -JB
Dance has been a part of my life since I was 4 years old. At 8, I started dancing competitively and truly dedicated myself to the art. When I graduated high school, I didn’t really know what was next for me when it came to dance. Freshman year I was lucky enough to find a home in DanceWorks. I’ve gotten to perform and take classes in many styles, including contemporary, tap, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre. This year I am excited to have been chosen as a choreographer for the DanceWorks Annual Showcase. Here’s part of a piece from a class I took through DanceWorks this week with just some of the incredible dancers I get to share the stage with. Can’t wait for the auditions this weekend! -JB
The connections one can make at SU are unparalleled. In February, I was accepted to the Center for Social Commerce ambassadorship and W2O Group internship combined program. This program was created by the generosity of a Newhouse alumnus and has been an incredible year for me. I started off my ambassadorship at SXSW interactive conference in Austin, TX. I was running social channels at various W2O Group events and got to hear some phenomenal speakers. Over the summer, I interned in W2O Group’s New York office. I loved working in an agency and juggling the demands of multiple clients. As a Center for Social Commerce ambassador, I’ve had the chance to meet some of the most influential figures in the communication field. Being a part of this program for my junior and senior years have taught me so much about the industry I will be entering. -JB
Last fall I had the opportunity to study abroad. I decided to study at an SU Abroad world partner program in Berlin. I went in not knowing any German or even that much about German culture. But I could have never predicted what a perfect fit Berlin was for me. It truly was the adventure of a lifetime. I traveled to 10 countries, immersed myself in different cultures and made some incredible friends. Every day I think about my wonderful experience abroad and all the memories I made. #tbt -JB
My time at SU has brought me countless experiences and opportunities. But the thing that makes every experience here is the people I’m with. Whether they began in Day Hall, extracurriculars, class or just serendipitous meeting, I am so lucky to have made lifelong friendships here at SU. Here are just a few of those friends that have helped make my SU experience feel like home. -JB