The first time I was ever on Syracuse’s campus was for the 2005 NCAA men’s division I basketball tournament during the Eastern regional. One of the earliest memories I have of the campus is walking into the Dome for the first time. I remember being overwhelmed and incredibly excited about how big the Dome was. Being the sports fan I am, I knew immediately that I would absolutely go to as many home games as I could if I got accepted to SU.
In 2005, my family and I were able to take a tour of Whitman while it was still under construction. Though there were workmen all around us, we could see that by the time of my freshman year, the school would be absolutely cutting edge.
At the time, I was looking at applying to business programs that had either a concentration or major in entrepreneurship. I wanted to have a general business knowledge that focused on unique problem solving and management. Throughout my tour and follow-up with the Whitman School, I knew that this program was the perfect fit for me.
There’s nothing like the pressure of applying to colleges. Syracuse was my top choice, and I had applied early into the entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises program. The day that I found out I had gotten into the school, I literally jumped for joy! I was so excited to start the next step of my future.
I graduated in 2010, as the country was reeling from the recession. The job market didn’t really have great prospects, but, over time, I was able to network with other Syracuse alumni in order to find the opportunities that fit with what I wanted to do.
The skills that I gained and the people I met (and continue to meet) from the Whitman School have been instrumental in helping me become the person that I am today. I’m very proud to be both a Syracuse University and Whitman School of Management alumnus.