Grant '24

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Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Major/Minor: International Relations and Citizenship and Civic Engagement (CCE & IR)

Describe your Syracuse experience in a couple of sentences.
My experience at Syracuse has been a culmination of many different experiences and opportunities. I have been able to grow both personally and professionally throughout my undergraduate career. All while having a great time and enjoying the friends and family Syracuse has given me.

How is Maxwell preparing you for your future career?
Maxwell has created so many incredible opportunities for me from my internships, classes, presentations, advising, etc. Maxwell has prepared me for my next step in life, and I feel that a Maxwell education is unlike anything in the country. Especially the work the Citizenship and Civic Engagement Office does to prepare students on how to create change in communities in an ethical way. This is also done through the incredible professors at the Maxwell School. I have been able to take classes with the most impressive people I have ever met.

What are your plans after graduation?
My current plan is to attend law school in the fall of 2024. The goal is to build a stronger grasp of the relationship between policy and the law before returning to public service in some capacity.

How has your involvement with any organizations/extracurriculars impacted you?
I am involved in Slice Consulting SU as the VP of Operations, the Syracuse Pre-Law Society, and I am a University Orientation Leader. Each has allowed me to better assimilate into the Syracuse community. I have learned leadership skills, paired with real-world employment skills.

Are you the recipient of any scholarships?
I am a Remembrance Scholar, CCE High Impact Scholar, Benjamin Gilman International Scholar, and an ICCAE Scholar.

Have you performed any internships and how has that impacted you?
I have been an intern at the City of Syracuse Neighborhood and Business Development’s Lead Program for almost two years. This has been the most impactful experience at Syracuse. It has not only defined my passion for public service but inspired me to continue informing students of the importance of getting involved in their community. Students have a real opportunity to create an ethical and sustainable impact within their four years at Syracuse.

Have you studied abroad? Tell me about that experience.
Yes! I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. I was able to learn all about policy in the European Union and strengthen my skills in international affairs. In addition to my classes, I was able to alter my worldview through travel to different countries with the purpose of immersing myself in different cultures.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
Orientation Leader Welcome Week Fall 2022 was my favorite. I was able to co-lead the first-generation student group, something that is very important to me. We also planned so many fun events for first-year students. Also, talking with parents during move-in was really amazing, and hearing how excited each parent was for their student.

How has donor generosity impacted your time at Syracuse?
Donor generosity is the only reason I have been able to take every opportunity offered to me at Syracuse. As a first-generation college student, I am committed to using every opportunity given to me; however, cost is always a hindrance. Through the various scholarships I have received, I have been able to intern over the summer, study abroad, and complete research, all while not having to worry about the cost of these activities.

Why do you think giving is important?
Giving is important because it helps out so many students who want to take advantage of opportunities but are worried about the cost. Giving is often associated with buildings and infrastructure, but Syracuse allocates so much donor money towards supporting students and their goals.

What does it mean to you to be Orange?
To be Orange is to utilize the education you have been given to trailblaze in your respective field and create change. To be Orange is to use every single opportunity offered.

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