Kerry '25

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School of Information Studies (iSchool)

Major: Information Management & Technology

Describe your Syracuse experience in a couple of sentences.
My Syracuse University experience has allowed me to gain exposure to so many opportunities that I would not have been able to have at any other university. My relationships with both fellow students and faculty have made me feel like I have truly found a home on this campus. There are so many ways to get involved, and everyone that I have met so far has made my college experience so much more meaningful. The people here are so passionate and love being involved with the Syracuse community. Everyone is so spirited when it comes to this University, and that is such an incredible experience to have while in college.

How is the iSchool preparing you for your future career?
The iSchool has incredible faculty and staff that are passionate about helping students find their future jobs. The Career Services in the iSchool is a great resource for students to learn about different career opportunities. They provide iSchool students with resume and cover letter workshops and share information about open internships and job opportunities.

What are your plans after graduation?
Even though I am not a senior yet, my plan is to find a job post-graduation that perfectly aligns with my interests.

How has your involvement with any organizations/extracurriculars impacted you?
I am so grateful to have been able to find amazing groups of people through the organizations I have joined on campus. I am in two professional Greek organizations and have met so many incredible people in both groups. Kappa Theta Pi, the professional technology fraternity, has allowed me to meet other students with similar career goals and a passion for technology. Both Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity, and the OttoTHON Dance Marathon have allowed me to find opportunities to give back to the Syracuse community and to meet other people with the same goal. I am also an Admissions Ambassador for the iSchool, which has given me opportunities to share my personal experiences and get prospective students to come to Syracuse University.

Are you the recipient of any scholarships?
I am a recipient of the Invest in SUcess Scholarship, which I received for having above a 3.75 GPA at the end of my first semester of freshman year. In order to keep this scholarship, I must have a minimum of a 3.25 GPA and must take 15 credits per semester. Since receiving the scholarship, I have been able to maintain both the GPA and credit requirements.

Have you performed any internships and how has that impacted you?
I have had a few internship and work opportunities that have greatly impacted me. In the Summer of 2022, I had the opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant for the IT Girls Program at Syracuse University Summer College. This is a program that I attended in Fall 2019 when I was a junior in high school, and it was great to be able to give back to the same program for a new generation of students. This program teaches high school girls about the different career paths in IT, such as cybersecurity and data analytics. Another internship opportunity that I had was in Summer 2023, where I was the marketing intern for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, which is a company that works with startups and emerging entrepreneurs in the Nashville area. In this internship, I managed and worked on the company’s multiple social media platforms, and I helped prepare them for their award show in the fall. This internship allowed me to have a proper office workplace experience, while also gaining a lot of new knowledge of certain programs while acquiring great connections that can help me in the future.

Have you studied abroad? Tell me about that experience.
I have not studied abroad for a full semester, but I had the opportunity to attend the Innovate Ireland trip through the iSchool in Fall 2022. During Thanksgiving break, a group of students went to Dublin and Galway to visit companies and see what it was like to work internationally. We were also given many opportunities to sightsee and explore Europe while still going to professional events.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
My favorite Syracuse experience so far has been any chance I have to go to events with my friends. Whether it is football and basketball games, or even just going to my friends’ places. I have been able to meet so many incredible people here and being able to spend time with them is my favorite experience at Syracuse University.

How has donor generosity impacted your time at Syracuse?
Donor generosity funds resources that all students are able to use on campus such as internship opportunities and study abroad.

Why do you think giving is important?
I believe that giving is important because it gives incredible opportunities to students within the Syracuse University community. The money given by donors allows for many different benefits, such as scholarships for students’ tuition, access to the newest advancements in technology, and funding for programs offered to Syracuse students. These programs include study abroad, career and internship opportunities, and student research. 

What does it mean to you to be Orange?
Being Orange means everything to me! I have been exposed to so many great opportunities since coming to Syracuse, and I will be forever grateful for that. I have been connected to Syracuse University since the Summer of 2019 when I was a Summer College Student, and have been involved in the community ever since. I have also been able to meet many people across the entire campus, both in my classes and in the organizations that I am involved with. Making the connections that I will keep beyond my time at Syracuse University, has me confident in saying that I will be Forever Orange.

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