Jacob Gedetsis ’18 | @OurSyracuseU

Jacob Gedetsis ’18 is a 2017 Remembrance Scholar and is double majoring in newspaper and online journalism at the Newhouse School and English & textual studies at the College of Arts and Sciences. He is from Cleveland, Ohio.

Jacob has been involved with The Daily Orange and has previously interned with the Kanas City Star, Cox Media Group, Syracuse Media Group, and Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Hey everyone! My name is Jacob Gedetsis, and I am a senior studying English and Textual Studies / Newspaper and Online Journalism at SU. I am so excited to take over the account on of the most important weeks of the year: Remembrance Week. I am so humbled to have been chosen as one of 35 Remembrance Scholars, and I can’t wait to share all the beautiful work the scholars have done this year to Look Back and Act Forward. On December 21st, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland; 270 people died that day, including 35 students studying with Syracuse University who were returning from their semesters abroad. Every year, Syracuse University holds Remembrance Week in honor of these individuals. Yesterday, we began Remembrance Week 2017 with a candlelight vigil in their memory. I have the honor of representing Nicholas Andreas Vrenios. Nicholas took to London his three prized possessions – a camera, a guitar, and a skateboard. A junior photography major, Nicholas would wake up before sunrise to snap the perfect shot, before rushing off to his next journey. He had a relentless adventurous spirit. I think we would have been close friends. So follow along this week to learn more about Remembrance, and my time at SU! – #syracuseu J.G.

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What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?

Syracuse is a family; a diverse family that pushes how one another think. It’s an amazing community.

What is your favorite Syracuse memory?

My favorite memory is getting invited to sit on a graduate level course with Professor George Saunders.

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

The professors here care. Go to office hours and capture their immense knowledge while building personal relationships.

Isaac Chevron ’18 | @OurSyracuseU

Isaac Chevron ’18 took over @OurSyracuseU to highlight #BoostCuse Giving Day 2017.

Isaac is studying public relations at the Newhouse School and political science at Maxwell School and he College of Art & Sciences. He is a Class Act Campus Ambassador for the College of Art & Sciences.

Forever Orange Alumni Council | OurSyracuseU

Four representatives from the Forever Orange Student Alumni Council took over @OurSyracuseU during Orange Central 2017:

  • Ryan Bolton ’18 is majoring in computer engineering on the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and is from Atlanta, GA;
  • Serena DeSeta’18 is double majoring in entrepreneurship in the Whitman School and advertising in the Newhouse School, and minoring in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is from Scranton, PA;
  • Ryan Patel ’19 is majoring in public health (pre-med) in Falk College, and minoring in biology & chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences, and is from Los Angeles, CA;
  • Andrew Regalado ’20 is majoring in Political Science and Policy Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Maxwell School and is from Chino Hills, CA.

 

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 Group 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.

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

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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

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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.

U100 Lead Team | @OurSyracuseU

The Syracuse University 100 Lead Team took over @OurSyracuseU! The team includes: Jennie May ’17, Dan Drashinsky ’17, Cassandra Perrin ’18, Lexie Slavin ’17, Julia Arsenault ’18, Isaac Clark ’17, Tahirah Newkirk ’17 and Kristen Unangst ’18.

My favorite tour spot has always been the Orange Grove in front of Carnegie Library. For three years, before I start talking about the Quad, I always point out the names of Syracuse alumni on the bricks. These individuals have given back to SU and with my involvement in University 100 and other organizations, I have been able to meet and talk to some of our amazing alumni. Thank you to everyone who came back for Orange Central this year! Last semester we also had a new addition to the Orange Grove, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) legacy bench monument. Each year there are new places we are able to talk about to prospective students and that is one of the many reasons why I love @syracuseu100. -Jennie May ’17 #SyracuseU

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After volunteering throughout highschool and my time at Syracuse, I joined the Student Philanthropy Council. We help spread awareness of giving back via time, talent and treasure to the current student body and alumni. Last semester on National Philanthropy Day, Maria Ingaglio ’17, Malcolm-Ali Davis ’18, Kennedy Patlan ’19 and I had the opportunity to engage with current students and faculty to hear (and read) how they give back to SU. At 10am this chalkboard was clean and within an hour we had it filled. As more people added the organizations they volunteer with to the programs they help run, the writing got smaller and smaller. I cannot wait to have another event in Schine to hear (and read) how those around me at Syracuse University are impacting others. These stories are what motivate me to keep moving and doing, like an energizer bunny, since freshman year. -Jennie May ’17 #SyracuseU #SPCinAction

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Hello Instagram! My name is Daniel Drashinsky and I one of the Lead Team Members of @syracuseu100! I am a health and physical education major from Marlboro, NJ, and I am very excited to take over OurSyracuseU. To start off this takeover, I’ll tell you a little about my favorite part of my tour that I give on a weekly basis. I cannot think of a better spot on the tour than Crouse College. The building just adds to the beauty of the architecture of campus, and I believe it is the building that defines Syracuse University (other tour guides may disagree). The building was opened in 1881, and named after John R. Crouse, a wealthy Syracuse banker. The wealth is defintely shown inside the building, as the marvelous statues, prestine stained glass windows, and Romanesque/Gothic appeal make this building an overall gem. This has been my favorite building even before I was a student at Syracuse. When I toured the campus for the first time, as told by my father, I took one look at the building, and my dad said I “had the biggest smile that I have ever seen.” I love being a U100 tour guide because I get to show off Crouse, as well as the other gems of Syracuse University to prospective students and families. If you want to share my love of Syracuse, you should be a tour guide as well! The application is in the bio of the page. Whenever I look at Crouse College, it reminds me of how proud I am to bleed Orange. -Daniel Drashinsky ’17 #SyracuseU

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I am part of the School of Education here at Syracuse. While we are one of the smaller schools and colleges at SU, we have a big impact on campus, in the Greater Syracuse Area, as well as around the globe. We are a national leader in inclusive-urban education, providing children with positive educational experiences to foster growth and success. As a health and physical education major, I get to live my passion each day, teaching students ways to remain healthy and active throghout their lives. During my time in the School of Education, I have been placed in many schools around Syracuse, getting hands on experience with the students at these schools and the teachers. This program is like no other, as no other teacher-prep program places students in schools within their first year! Currently, I am completing my student teaching practicum in health and physical education, taking all of the information I have learned and putting it into practice. There is no greater feeling to have a group of students that you can call your own. Overall, the School of Education has provided me with an experience to help me be an effective health and physical educator, and I am so grateful for that. Want to inspire the leaders of tomorrow, stop by the School of Education at Huntington Hall to find out more! – Daniel Drashinsky ’17 #Proudtobesoe #SyracuseU

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As an athlete in high school, I loved participating in sports and competing against other people. When I came to #Syracuse, I wanted to find a way where I could compete against others, as well as find that team environment that I so deeply missed in high school. All of this changed when I found the Syracuse Triathlon Club. For those of you who may not know the sport of traithlon, it is a multi-sport competition consisting of swimming, biking, and running all in one race. As a runner in high school, this appealed to me, as I always wanted to give the sport the “old college try.” I joined the team in the spring of my first year and I was hooked. I was at the gym 5-6 days a week either training with the team or on my own. The team is very supportive of each other, always having each other’s back and pushing each other’s limit. Since then, I have competed in five triathlons and looking to do many more over the course of my lifetime. We are truly a team, as I have made friends on this team that will last me a lifetime. If you want to push your limits and get in the best shape of your life, start by giving us a follow on the Gram at SU_TRIATHLON and ask to join our Facebook group. This is where we post all our practice schedules, races, as well as team dinners and such. Looking foward to seeing you in the pool, on the bike, or pounding the pavement. As my last post for today, I will leave you with this advice: do not be afraid to try new things, as new adventures can turn into lasting hobbies or memories for the rest of your life. Double D over and out. – Daniel Drashinsky ’17 #SyracuseU

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Hello all! My name is Cassandra, and I am another member of the Lead Team for U100. I grew up in a tiny town called Waterville N.Y. and have dreamed of coming to Syracuse for my whole life (just like my Mom and two older brothers)! Giving tours of campus is one of my all time favorite things- arguably better than thrift shopping or drinking bubble tea 😊 As a tour guide, I’ve gotten to give tours to Chancellor Syverud and the owner of the Mets! For two summers and two academic years, I have loved showing families our campus, particularly the atrium of the Life Science building. There is so much natural light in the atrium, just as there is in all of the labs (an intentional design choice, and built only 8 years ago). I may be biased as a Biology major to love this building so much, but other students can still make use of the comfy chairs and the smoothies in Freshens- my personal fav is the Mango Me Crazy! – Cassandra Perrin ’18 #SyracuseU

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Hello again! Being a Biology major, I’ve taken all sorts of science classes and labs here at SU. One of my favorite and most difficult courses so far has been Anatomy and Physiology, a pre-requisite for most accelerated nursing programs (my next step)! Pictured above is a 40X microscopic view of Human Bone. Although looking at endless amounts of slides can be tiring, images like the one above are so worth it! Studying Bio has been challenging, but more rewarding than I could have imagined. Every day I am more fascinated by the world around me, and by all that my own body can do. As a second semester Junior, I love that not only am I enrolled in an Evolutionary Genetics seminar with just 12 students, but that I also have room to study Mandarin Chinese and take Women’s and Gender Studies electives. -Cassandra Perrin ’18 #SyracuseU

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Good evening friends! For my last post, I wanted to share my experience working as a Resident Advisor. When I originally applied, I had no idea what I was getting into. I knew that for me to earn free room and board, that the job would be exhausting- and it certainly is. What I didn’t realize though was how much I would enjoy it. I live with 36 freshmen, and serve as a strange combination of a parent, academic advisor, babysitter, cheerleader, and friend. We do lots of things together, whether that be just eating dinner or chatting, or some more interesting things like touring the SU Art Gallery or painting pumpkins this past October. Although sometimes I lack some privacy and freedom, the pros of my job far outweigh the cons. I’ve loved being an RA so much that I’ve applied for another higher position- a Mentor Resident Advisor- for this coming year. Of all the things I’ve done with my residents though, the best was getting to give them a tour of campus during their first week. 😊 Thanks so much for reading- and consider applying to become a tour guide! @syracuseu100 is full of incredible people and I’ve made once in a lifetime memories! -Cassandra Perrin ’18 #syracuseu

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Hello! My name is Lexie Slavin and I’m a senior Public Relations major here at SU! I’m so excited to share some things I love about being a student on this beautiful campus! Getting involved on campus has always been extremely important to me. With only 4 years in this magical place, taking advantage of every opportunity I can has been my motto. One organization that has held a special spot in my orange heart is @ottosarmy! Getting involved freshman year seemed so natural to me since I was attending every game I could already. Now, as the current the Vice President, I’ve learned that the community surrounding our teams is so much more than a group of fans. Current students, alumni and those who #BleedOrange share their passion for SU in the best way that they know how: by cheering as loud as possible. Bus trips to other campuses, flag football tournaments in the Carrier Dome, and pep rallies are just a few of the amazing experiences I’ve had being a part of this organization – Lexie Slavin ’17 #SyracuseU @syracuseu100

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My favorite place on campus has and will always be the Carrier Dome. Not only is it the place where you begin and end your SU career, it’s also where I’ve made some of my most amazing memories. One of the first was during the inaugural “Own the Dome” event for my future class. I went thinking it would be a chance to narrow down my college decision and have some fun, but left knowing exactly where I was going to spend the next four years. I’ve since worked at two more of those events and plan to again this spring with newly accepted students. It’s a place that can bring 35,000 orange-wearing people together while also making a few prospective students smile when they do a Dome Stomp. The Dome will always be a key part of my memories at Syracuse. – Lexie Slavin ’17 #SyracuseU

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This picture may not be in a classroom, the semester when it was taken is definitely the time that I learned the most. Studying abroad in London, England in the fall of 2015 will hands down be one of the most life changing and magical times of my life. Not only did I have the chance to take really interesting classes (including British masculinity all about James Bond and Sherlock Holmes), but I was able to discover new parts of myself in new places. I left a more confident person and eager student, ready to learn what else was out there. My favorite weekend trip of the semester was to Copenhagen, Denmark. My grandmother grew up in Odense, a much smaller city in the same country, and I had always wanted to visit. Although I didn’t make it to her home town, I was able to stay with family members who I’d only ever met a handful of times before. Not only were they the most loving hosts, but the best tour guides. I guess it runs in the family! – Lexie Slavin ’17 #SyracuseU

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Hello! My name is Julia Arsenault, another Lead Team Member of U100. I am a Junior on campus from Westborough, MA. At SU, I study forensic science and biology with a minor in child and family studies.My favorite stop on campus is the Schine Student Center. To many people’s disbelief, there is a real fruiting orange tree growing in the middle of central New York! Can you see any fruit? (I found a few!) Schine is the heart of campus and a one stop shop for all things extracurricular. There truly is something for everyone, from accapella to community service, to political groups. Finding an org that peaks one’s interest can be a huge step to a new student finding their niche on campus and making it feel like a personal community. Being a tour guide, I love to emphasize to prospective students how I found my family on campus. Each student has the opportunity to create a unique experience and being a part of an organization like U100 has shaped my time at Syracuse in the most positive way possible! -Julia Arsenault ’18 #SyracuseU

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Being a part of a small community can make this campus feel so much more personal. Throughout high school, I loved participating in every activity I could possibly fit into my schedule. Coming to SU, I had to choose just a few and I was lucky to find OrangeSeeds. OrangeSeeds is a first-year leadership empowerment program that helps freshman and transfer students find their place on campus and allows them the opportunity to grow into leaders on campus. Throughout the first semester, we participate in weekly community service throughout the City of Syracuse, giving us the opportunity to get off the Hill. Second semester, the first-year class plans the largest day of community service on SU campus, known as the “Big Event.” I was lucky enough to be selected to a seed class of 26 first-year students my freshman year and have served on the Executive Board the past two years. OrangeSeeds has given me a community of like-minded individuals who care about their community in the same way I do. Being surrounded by such motivated individuals allowed me to find a family away from home and create lasting relationships at Syracuse. -Julia Arsenault ’17 #SyracuseU

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Happy Friday, Orange Nation! My name is Isaac Clark and I am senior from Wadsworth, Ohio in the Whitman School of Management where I study Finance and Marketing Management. As a tour guide with @syracuseu100, it is without any hesitation that I can say my favorite stop on the tour is the Carrier Dome. The Dome is where I began my career at SU. It was in the Dome during a spring reception where I decided that I was going to attend Syracuse. It was in the Dome where I bonded with my classmates over countless football and basketball games. It was in the Dome where I attended the Career Fair which led to my job that I will start after graduation. And in May, it is in the Dome where I will graduate. Every time I give a tour, I love stopping at the Dome and sharing my Syracuse experience. U100 has afforded me the opportunity to share my story and that is why I am proud to be a member of this amazing organization. Go Orange! -Isaac Clark ’17 #SyracuseU

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Hi everyone!!!! My name is Tahirah Newkirk, and I am a senior dual majoring in public relations and international relations from Centreville, VA. Following the pattern of this week’s other take over-ers, I am also a U100 Lead Team Member. So what’s my favorite part of the tour? Well, I had to sit on this question for a couple minutes, and then I realized that I would never sit on my favorite tour stop: the kissing bench. The kissing bench was a gift from the class of 1912, and that little stone bench outside of the Hall of Language supposedly has special powers. The story goes something like this: if you kiss your significant other while sitting on the kissing bench, you two will be together forever, but if you sit on the bench by yourself, you will be alone for the rest of your life. Now every group has different people with different senses of humor. Some people find my tours hilarious, while others…well, let’s just say they didn’t fall out of their seats laughing. But the kissing bench is the only stop that I can consistently count on getting at least a chuckle out of people. Knowing that I added a little bit of humor to someone’s day definitely motivates me to give more tours. -Tahirah Newkirk ’17 #SyracuseU

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Syracuse provides a variety of classes taught by many different professors in many different ways. As an international relations major, I have the privilege of participating in Model United Nations (Model UN) as one of my academic courses. For those of you not familiar with Model UN, each participating group is assigned a country to represent. The participants in each group are responsible for learning everything they can about the country they are representing so that they can accurately portray how a country goes about conducting its diplomatic business with other countries. The first year I took the Model UN class, we represented New Zealand. Every class session, we had to show up prepared to answer questions about New Zealand’s history, it’s political landscape, it’s trading partners, and much more. The class is very interactive, and forces you to do a lot of independent research. We take conference preparation very seriously. In addition to the studying you must do, you also must remember to wear your badge and remember your placard, otherwise, like at the conference, you cannot participate. I’ve studied more for this class than I have for any other class I’ve taken at SU, but I loved every second of it. The work you put into the classroom experience pays dividends when you get to the Model UN conference in New York City. Because we prepare so intensely during class time at Syracuse, we have an opportunity to take charge at the conference when it comes to negotiating with other delegations. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing how your preparation helps you handle stressful situations like a true professional diplomat. -Tahirah Newkirk ’17 #SyracuseU

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I knew I wanted to keep playing volleyball when I got to college, but I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to commit to it. Syracuse offers Division I, club level, and intramural levels of many sports. I was initially hesitant to play club volleyball because I was worried the travel could interfere with my academics. The girls at the volleyball table during the club sports fair were also pretty intimidating. I figured I should still go to tryouts. If anything, I would’ve found an awesome group to play intramural volleyball with. I was nervous about even making the team to begin with. In hindsight, I don’t know why because I was definitely one of the better girls at tryouts that year. Now, I can’t imagine my life at Syracuse without the club volleyball team. The team is nothing like it was when I joined freshman year (there are only two other people on the team now who were on the team when I was a freshman). I have only grown to love the sport and my team more and more though. Even on my worst days, I never wanted to skip practice because being on the court and seeing my teammates kept me from stressing myself out to the point where college was no longer fun. Whether we were winning together or losing together (but mostly winning), I always knew that my volleyball team had my back just as I had theirs. -Tahirah Newkirk ’17 #SyracuseU

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