Anjuman Alam

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Syracuse Abroad

What attracted you to Syracuse University?
As someone who wasn’t certain about what path to pursue, Syracuse offered tons of opportunities and resources – both academic and extracurricular – to help me figure things out and find new interests. Because my older sister studied here, I knew I would be meeting students from all over the world and therefore, it would help me understand different perspectives. I knew Syracuse would help me come into my own because it was far enough from home that I would learn to be independent and self-reliant.

What organizations are you involved with on-campus?
I’m the most passionate about being a Global Ambassador for Syracuse Abroad because I get to encourage my peers to take on opportunities to pursue global education. Studying abroad allowed me to see the world from a different perspective and the experiences guided me in deciding my career path so I believe it can do the same for others as well.

How has your time at Syracuse shaped you?
My time at Syracuse has taught me that the possibilities are limitless. Joining student organizations has helped me meet my closest friends. And the learning opportunities I engaged in have allowed me to continue to challenge myself in new ways.

What motivates you to give back to Syracuse?
Syracuse has given me opportunities that I could never have dreamed of. I want to ensure people like me can also have access to these experiences and more so that we can continue to enhance the educational opportunities here.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
Studying abroad has been my favorite experience at Syracuse because I made some amazing friends both from Syracuse and across the globe. It also ignited new passions in me and helped me take more control of my career plan.

Why do you think alumni should support SU?
It’s a great way to give back to a community that they have a personal connection to and to people who are in a position they were once in so that they can influence the growth of tomorrow’s leaders.

If you had a chance to thank a donor right now, what would you say?
You’ve played a part in shaping the person that I am today. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have been able to do half of the things I was able to do as a student and I will be forever grateful for that. Thank you.

Why are you proud to be a part of the Orange family?
Being Orange goes further than just the Syracuse campus. I wore a Syracuse hat when I was visiting the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Turns out, there were alumni from the Class of ’89 who were there too. As soon as they saw my hat, they started up a conversation and there was an instant connection. I’m proud to be a part of a community where no matter where you are in the world, you can easily connect with someone from Syracuse. It truly is like being a part of one big family.