Kyle '26

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Syracuse University Art Museum

Major: Art History

Describe your Syracuse experience in a couple of sentences.
My Syracuse experience has let me explore my academic and career options with my choices being my main guiding factor. Meeting with my advisors, scheduling job interviews and taking classes with respected professors has helped me grow into the adult I want to be. I even had to schedule my own doctor's appointments, so just another goofy step into adulthood.

How is your school/college preparing you for your future career?
The College of Arts and Sciences is helping me to prepare for my future in two ways. First, I am taking advanced classes learning the topics that I want to apply to my career, such as art history classes from a wide range of topics, such as Art after World War II, and I can connect it to other topics I'm studying such as just regular history or history of music. The second thing that the college provides me is a great web of connections with teachers, graduate students, teacher assistants, and even other students. This helps as I have other people to talk to who have previously gone through this process. 

What are your plans after graduation?
Considering I am only an upcoming Sophomore, my plans after graduation are slightly towards the back of my mind, but I am still exploring options to help me decide what I would want to do. Graduate school is a realistic option, but I would still like to plan on trying for internships at a museum like The Met before I make any concrete decisions. 

Please tell me about your involvement with the Art Museum.
At the SU Art Museum, I am a work-study along with a handful of other students. We usually sit at the front desk, answering calls or greeting guests, but we also get some specialized tasks. For example, the Museum is closed on Mondays, which means I do not necessarily have to be at the front, so you could possibly find me in the workshop painting wooden letters for exhibition titles. Another thing I do at the museum is assist with events, which are usually held during my Thursday evening shift (the one day the museum stays open later). I usually just count people and make sure they put their bags in the right spot, but it is the whole environment of working in a museum that is special. It is like its own living-breathing organism that I get to play a part in. 

How has your involvement with any organizations/extracurriculars impacted you? 
It has impacted me working at the Museum because I am always making more connections. This is not only career-wise however, as my coworkers at the museum have also recommended teachers and classes to take. It is always appreciated to have other opinions on the matter, so I do not force myself to face everything alone. 

Are you the recipient of any scholarships?
I'm the recipient of the SU Orange Distinction Award, Syracuse University Grant, Success Award and Dean's Scholarship. 

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
My favorite experience so far at Syracuse has been making new friends with the same interests as me. Being a large school, there are so many different types of people from different backgrounds here. I have personally been able to make a lot of friends from different states and do meaningful things with them. Going to concerts in Westcott, going to tailgates, and trying new restaurants have all helped me feel like a part of this community. 

How has donor generosity impacted your time at Syracuse? 
It definitely has impacted me in many ways. You can see donor support in every new feature on campus. Personally, the Art Museum has a lot of impact from donors. There are over 45,000 objects in the collection and a majority have been gifted by alumni, so it shows how these donors help keep organizations like the SU Art Museum running. 

Why do you think giving is important?
I think giving is important because it shows characteristics of nobility and humility. By giving, donors are giving new students potential opportunities that they could have wanted during their time at Syracuse. Therefore, I think giving is a way to build up a community and strengthen its development. 

What does it mean to you to be Orange?
To me, being Orange means being part of a larger community. Being Orange means you stand out in the crowd, both in terms of the literal brightness of the color, but also in terms of academics. At Syracuse, there are so many programs to take advantage of and being Orange means that you take the reins on those programs, stand out from your peers and work to build up a stronger Syracuse family. 

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