Tyler Porfido

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Whitman School of Management

What attracted you to Syracuse University?
I can remember the day in 2006 when Syracuse won the big east basketball tournament and that started my love for Syracuse. After being an avid basketball fan for quite some years I had to apply and visit the University when I started to apply for college. I knew that I wanted to go to a bigger school with a lot of school spirit because I loved sports. Once I stepped foot on campus it just felt right and even though it was a dark and rainy day I knew that no matter the weather, this University had what I wanted and that was a family.

What organizations are you involved with on-campus that you are really passionate about and why?
On Campus, I am a member of the Forever Orange Student Alumni council, a member of Delta Sigma Pi (DSP), the President of the Club Basketball team, a Whitman ambassador, WhiTax and Beta Gamma Sigma. I would say that DSP and Club Basketball have had the biggest impact on me because they have both given me lifelong friends that I will stay connected with and people that are like minded. Club Basketball has allowed me to play the sport I love for 4 more years when I thought that I was going to have to "hang them up" and DSP has provided me with my roommates and people that I will continue to be around after I graduate.

How has your time at Syracuse shaped you?
My time at Syracuse has been shaped by the relationships I have built. The members of the professional business fraternity are some of the most kind-hearted and caring people that I have never met and without the fraternity, I would have never been exposed to such a group of great people with diverse backgrounds and stories. The relationships with my professors and the knowledge that I have absorbed from my professors and industry professionals as well as other faculty members such as career advisers and counseling. All of the relationships I have built are what make me who I am and without those people to constantly keep me in check and keep me moving in the right direction in my life professionally and socially I am not sure where I would be today.

What motivates you to give back to Syracuse?
Syracuse has provided me with the resources that I needed to achieve what I wanted. Through various clubs, programs, people and classes I have been fortunate enough to take in everything and learn something from every interaction I have had. I want other students to have those same resources that I was provided with and more which is why I am motivated to give back.

What has been your favorite Syracuse experience so far?
My favorite SU experience was getting the opportunity to study abroad in Florence. Living in a foreign country in another person's house that speaks a different language than you can really have an impact on you. I was able to learn so much not only about the Italian culture but about myself and who I really was. I had to adapt to different circumstances and situations on a daily basis just to be able to communicate with people or do things that I was interested in. I knew that it was going to be tough and it was for quite some time but once I realized what I was truly capable of, I had the time of myself exploring Europe and had the most incredible host family that I would do anything for.

Why do you think alumni should support SU?
I think that alumni should support SU is so that current and future students have the same if not better opportunities at the University. Giving back is also a great way to try and ensure that students who graduate from SU have valuable skills that can land them jobs in the workforce and making the future of business just a little bit more orange.

If you had a chance to thank a donor right now, what would you say?
I would say thank you for giving me the opportunity to get the most out of this University in my four years.

Why are you proud to be a part of the Orange family?
I am proud to be a part of the Orange Family because it is more than just a degree or four years of my life but it is a University that provided me with a second family, pushed me to achieve more than I ever thought I could and set me up for success.