Mackenzie Mertikas

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Enrollment and the Student Experience

What attracted you to Syracuse University?
I was first drawn to Syracuse University because of its boundless school spirit, the countless organizations and clubs offered, and the opportunities to learn from some of the best in the nation. The very first time I walked on-campus, I fell in love. As soon as I saw the beautiful scenery and the hustle and bustle of the students all over campus, I knew Syracuse was the place for me.

What organizations are you involved with on-campus that you are really passionate about and why?
I am involved in the Student Association, Traditions Commission, Relay for Life, and I am a brother of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. All of these organizations have truly shaped my experience here on-campus and also who I have become as a person throughout these past four years. I have had vast opportunities to be a part of amazing things at Syracuse that I hope makes this place better for years to come.

How has your time at Syracuse shaped you?
Syracuse University has shaped me and allowed me to grow in ways that I didn’t think were possible. I’ve become more confident and grown to appreciate what a privilege it is to have attended such an amazing institution. Syracuse pushed me out of my comfort zone and into the world of opportunities before me. I’ve met some of my best friends and learned from amazing mentors. It allowed me to discover who I am and who I strive to be.

What motivates you to give back to Syracuse?
I’m motivated to give back to Syracuse because if it wasn’t for someone giving before me, I would have never been able to attend this incredible university. I want to make sure that students like me have the same opportunities that I did.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
My favorite Syracuse experience was having the opportunity to serve as the President of the Student Association. Over the past year, I have been able to meet and get to know so many amazing students across campus that I probably never would have met if I wasn’t serving in this role. In meeting them, I also had opportunity to learn from and work with them to continue creating the unsurpassed student experience that the University strives to reach.

Why do you think alumni should support SU?
I think alumni should support SU, if they are able, because it provides future students the opportunity to be a part of the Orange family that we all love so deeply. If you felt that you were granted a world of opportunities and that you gained the best of friends and memories, why not support SU so future students can do the same.

If you had a chance to thank a donor right now, what would you say?
I would say thank you for providing me with experiences, resources, and opportunities that I don’t think I would have been able to get elsewhere. It is thanks to you that I had an amazing four years full of extraordinary experiences.

Why are you proud to be a part of the Orange family?
I am proud to be a part of the Orange family because I know I am a part of a global support system of 250,000 people and growing that will guide and inspire me for my lifetime.