Luke '24

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Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA)

Major: Computer Science

Describe your Syracuse experience in a couple of sentences.
During my time at Syracuse University, I have received an outstanding technical education in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and have forged meaningful relationships with my peers and professors. My most profound experiences have stemmed from my involvement in Army ROTC. Stalwart Battalion has been the cornerstone to my personal and leadership development, providing me with invaluable opportunities to grow as a mentally tough leader and problem solver. I am confident that I will be able to use my Syracuse education and experiences to make a positive impact in the world.

How is your school/college preparing you for your future career?
Syracuse’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has provided me with a  strong educational foundation in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, which are pivotal to understanding and solving intricate engineering challenges. The college’s emphasis on software engineering and computer information analysis has equipped me with the necessary skills to design, implement, and evaluate computer systems while addressing cybersecurity considerations. ECS has provided me with a comprehensive skill set rooted in innovation and problem solving.

What are your plans after graduation?
My plan is to commission as an Active Duty Army Officer, specifically seeking to branch as an Infantry Officer.

Tell me about your involvement with Army ROTC.
In ROTC, I was captain of our Ranger Challenge and Boston Tough Rucks teams and have competed in the Bataan Memorial Death March and the Army 10 Miler as well. I organized the annual JROTC Fitness Competition this past year at the JMA Wireless Dome. Additionally, I graduated Air Assault school at Ft. Campbell last summer. This previous semester, I was the Battalion MFT, where I was responsible for the development and successful execution of our semester physical training plan. This summer, I will attend CST with 3rd regiment, followed by Infantry Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT). In the upcoming fall semester, I will be the Battalion S3, responsible for the preparation, conduct, and supervision of all cadet training activities. 

How has your involvement with any organizations/extracurriculars/study abroad/internships impacted you?
I am involved in Syracuse Cru, a young adult campus ministry, and it has served as a supportive Christ-centered community that has strengthened my faith.

Are you the recipient of any scholarships?
I am the recipient of the Army ROTC Four-Year National Scholarship.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
My favorite Syracuse experience so far has been my time in Army ROTC. My experience has challenged me both personally and as a leader, continuing to ignite my passion to serve our country. Several of the Cadre and Cadets that I have had the privilege to work with have been exceptional mentors and role models. My experience with Syracuse’s Army ROTC program has driven me to become a better man and leader and I am grateful for the incredible opportunities that it has provided.

How has donor generosity impacted your time at Syracuse?
Donor generosity has had a significant positive impact during my time at Syracuse. Their support has been pivotal in daily operations and organizing and competing in events such as Ranger Challenge, Boston Tough Ruck, Army 10 Miler, and Bataan Memorial Death March. Their generosity has made a meaningful impact on my time at Syracuse and has aided in providing outstanding training opportunities as a cadet.

Why do you think giving back to the University is important?
Giving back to the University is crucial, as it displays our gratitude for the experiences and education we have received. Contributing to the university helps future generations and can provide new opportunities for upcoming students.

What does it mean to you to be Orange?
To be Orange is to represent and take pride in a tradition and legacy of excellence, dedication, and service. Representing a community that is larger than self and is rooted in academic achievement, leadership, and making a positive impact in the world is what it means to be Orange.

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