Julia Pion

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David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

What attracted you to Syracuse University?
I found Syracuse University by chance and last minute applied simply because the campus looked beautiful on a postcard SU sent me. When I visited and saw Hall of Languages for the first time, I was sold. On my campus tour I saw so many students rocking orange and strutting their SU apparel. Between seeing students eat on the quad, the tulips that were blooming, and the sound of Crouse bells, and I knew I just wanted to be here.

What organizations are you involved with on-campus?
I have had the opportunity to be involved in the most impactful organizations during my time at SU including the Forever Orange Student Alumni Council, Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, Global Ambassadors (for Study Abroad), and Gamma Phi Beta. Although very hard to choose, I would say Gamma Phi Beta has become the organization that I am most passionate about because I was able to spend three years helping support Girls on the Run, Upstate New York Chapter through our philanthropic events and service days.

How has your time at Syracuse shaped you?
Syracuse has given me more than I could have ever wished. I found what I am passionate about in Social Work. I found forever friends. I traveled, literally, around the world with Study Abroad. I took classes that challenged me and opened up my mind. I have been connected to alumni that have taught me about my field. I grew, not only as a student, but as an individual.

What motivates you to give back to Syracuse?
I feel an immense amount of gratitude for the University. Giving back to Syracuse is how I say “thank you” to the professors, advisors, faculty, alumni, and fellow students for the impact they have made on me.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
Studying abroad in Australia was my favorite experience. I truly gained so much knowledge about other cultures. Even though I was at a different university, my fellow Orange friends made me feel right at home.

Why do you think alumni should support SU?
I think alumni support is why SU is one of the top Universities in the country. Alumni are the university progresses and their support helps to grow the minds of young adults. They truly make an impact on the future.

If you had a chance to thank a donor right now, what would you say?
Words cannot describe how thankful I am for your support. Your generosity has allowed me to bloom into a young social worker that is strapped with the best tools and knowledge. I could not have done this without you. I promise to make you proud. Go Orange!

Why are you proud to be a part of the Orange family?
I am proud to be a part of this Orange family because we are all determined to make a positive impact in this world within our various fields. I am grateful that wherever I go, I know that I will be a part of the Orange family.