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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