Name: Ankita Varman
Graduation Year: May 2019
Major(s)/Minor(s): Management & Public Relations
Hometown: Johns Creek, Georgia
Each year, Syracuse University selects 35 seniors in honor of the 270 people, including 35 SU students studying abroad, who lost their lives in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The students are chosen based on their distinguished scholarship, citizenship and service to the community.
Varman, a management and public relations dual major, is representing Eric Coker, who was an economics student at the University of Rochester. He was abroad in London through the Syracuse Diversity of International Programs (DIPA).
“Being a Remembrance Scholar has taught me to make the most of my experience and continue making the most of my experience, not just for me, but for Eric Coker,” Varman said.
Varman, a Johns Creek, Georgia native, has spent three summers interning at a variety of organizations. This past summer, she worked as a corporate communications intern at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta in the corporate communications department. She previously spent time as a public relations intern at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau after sophomore year and as an intern with Soffritto PR after freshman year.
“I loved my experience this past summer because it allowed me to balance both my Whitman and Newhouse education and taught me a lot about learning on the job,” Varman said. “While each experience taught me the basic technical skills, they also taught me to reflect upon my experience at Syracuse and take what I love into the workplace.”
Varman likes to keep herself busy with of clubs and activities on campus. Varman is a morning host and former executive board member of Z89 radio, co-president and showcase coordinator of Orange Pulse Dance Troupe, a member of honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi, a member of the business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and an orientation leader. She is also a class of 2016 graduate of OrangeSeeds which is a first-year leadership empowerment program on campus.
“The most beneficial aspect of Whitman and Syracuse has been the abundance of opportunities I have had,” Varman said. “Not all of them were right in front of me, but every single one has been worth the effort. I pushed myself to make the most of the opportunities and resources presented to me.”