Hanna Nichols

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Renée Crown University Honors Program


What attracted you to Syracuse University?
My grandpa grew up in Herkimer, New York and frequently went to Syracuse basketball games with his friends and family. As he got older, he would always tell us about how much he loves Syracuse University and that he wanted one of his grandchildren to go there. So, one extremely cold and snowy day, my dad and I decided to visit the campus. During my first visit, I immediately could sense the incredible school spirit and community my Grandpa spoke about throughout my childhood, and I knew it was the place for me.

What organizations are you involved with on-campus that you are really passionate about and why?
I currently serve as the Corps Council Co-Chair of Syracuse University Literacy Corps, a Leadership Intern at the Mary Ann Shaw Center of Public and Community Service, and the Program Coordinator of Girls Who Code in the Office of Engagement. I have become extremely passionate about all three of these involvements because I have had the opportunity to build incredible relationships within the community and to gain real-world experiences to apply to my concentration in Education Policy. I have particularly loved serving as the Program Coordinator of Girls Who Code because I have the opportunity to work with determined, intelligent newcomers to the U.S. each week and foster a supportive sisterhood for them to learn about technology and role models in the field.

How has your time at Syracuse shaped you?
My time at Syracuse University has challenged me to become a more civically-minded and intellectually curious member of society. The immense support and mentorship I have found within the faculty, staff, and community members of Syracuse have taught me importance of utilizing the resources and people around me. I have learned that the experiences I am having inside of the classroom are just as valuable to my learning as the opportunities I am participating in outside of the classroom and that scholarship comes in many different forms. Throughout my life, I know that I want to continue to seek out experiences to better understand the context of the place I am living in so that I can continue to be an active, productive member of the communities I am a part of.

What motivates you to give back to Syracuse?
I am motivated to give back to Syracuse because I want to do my part to further support the organizations and programs that have given so much to me. Beyond this, I want to help ensure that future students have access to the best resources and opportunities possible on this campus.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
I have had so many memorable, amazing experiences here, so it is difficult to pick one! However, I would have to say that one of the most impactful experiences I have had here was serving as a 2019-2020 Remembrance Scholar. This experience truly defined my last year here and gave me the opportunity to learn about and represent the incredible 35 Syracuse University students tragically lost on Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21st, 1988. The Pan Am Flight 103 air disaster was such a defining part of Syracuse University’s history, and it was an honor to have the opportunity to educate the campus community about the tragedy to ensure that the lives, memories, and legacies of the victims are never forgotten.

Why do you think alumni should support SU?
I think that alumni should support SU if they are able to because they are directly impacting the next generation of employees, leaders, and scholars and are giving back to something that they have a personal connection to.

If you had a chance to thank a donor right now, what would you say?
I would say thank you for providing opportunities for students here to reach their full potential and have access to incredible resources and opportunities. From Immersion trips to scholarship programs, your contribution supports students to get the most out of their Syracuse journey as possible.

Why are you proud to be a part of the Orange family?
What struck me when I first stepped on campus is the immense, generational love for this school. As a soon-to-be graduate, I am proud to be a part of the Orange Family because I believe that this school spirit is what connects us all and will continue to connect me to incredible people and resources that will help me grow throughout the rest of my life.