Shannon Hope

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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

What attracted you to Syracuse University?
I was drawn to Syracuse by the community and opportunities I knew I would have here. I remember my tour guide talking about the amazing things they got to be a part of from campus organizations to school project to internships. I knew that Syracuse would open doors to my future.

What organizations are you involved with on-campus that you are really passionate about and why?
I am involved in Main Squeeze A Cappella and First Year Players because performing has been such a huge part of my life since I was young and I didn't want to stop my passions even though it wasn't something that I chose to pursue as a career. I am involved in OttoTHON because I wanted to give back to a community that I am very passionate about, children. I think it is so important to recognize how lucky we are to have the opportunities that we do and give back to others, so they can have those opportunities one day as well. I am also involved in the Forever Orange Student Alumni council and am a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta. These two campus organizations gave me strong personal and professional connections that have been incredibly beneficial to my growth at Syracuse. Being involved in campus organizations has made me more well-rounded and helped to develop my leadership skill and the opportunities to get involved is one of my favorite parts of being a student at Syracuse.

How has your time at Syracuse shaped you?
My time at Syracuse has shaped me in ways I never thought possible. I had the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people, continue in my passions both academically and through extracurriculars, see the world during my semester abroad, and connect with alumni for internship opportunities. I have found a supportive community that pushes me to grow every day and encourages me to share my thoughts and positively impact the world.

What motivates you to give back to Syracuse?
I feel so lucky to have had the opportunities that I have had at Syracuse and I understand that a lot of that comes from alumni donations. I have been able to study abroad, attend immersion trips, use the newest technology in my industry, and network with alumni in my field. I want future generations of Syracuse students to have these same opportunities, so I choose to pay it forward.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
My favorite Syracuse experience was being able to spend fall 2018 studying abroad at the Syracuse London Center. This trip really confirmed to me my passion for the travel and tourism industry and was a launchpad for internships and my future career. I was able to see the world, learn about places and people, and really developed a strong independence. On this trip, I was chosen to attend an ambassadorial trip to Lockerbie, Scotland as a part of the 30th Anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster. This was one of the most impactful moments I had while abroad because I got to connect deeply with people in a different generation, from a different country and that is what showed me that the power of this community has no borders.

Why do you think alumni should support SU?
I think it is important for alumni to support SU in order to give current students similar opportunities to the ones they had and constantly improve upon the quality of education that students are receiving.

If you had a chance to thank a donor right now, what would you say?
"Thank you for making my experience on this campus what it was. Looking back on my four years, I know that I would have not had the same opportunities I did if it were not for your support. I would not have been able to attend Immersion Week in 2018 and connect with alumni who have helped me learn about my industry, I would not have been able to study abroad and discover a huge passion of mine, and I would not have been able to get hands-on experience with the newest technology in the industry. Your support means more to me than words can say and has positively impacted my experience beyond anything I could ask for."

Why are you proud to be a part of the Orange family?
I am proud to be a part of the Orange Family because of the family and community it brings. I have received more personal and professional support and encouragement from peers, professors, and alumni than I can begin to explain. Alumni are genuinely interested in hearing about your experience at Syracuse and love to share stories about their own. People are happy to wear orange and proud to call SU their alma mater.