Class of 2016
Hometown: Somers, New York
Fun Fact: “I am a first-generation college student.”
Byron Delarosa chose to attend Syracuse University for the many opportunities offered at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and on campus.
“From the multitude of study abroad options to the large-scale career fairs all combined with the beauty of this school, attending SU and Whitman was an easy decision,” said Delarosa.
Delarosa has taken advantage of many of those opportunities in his four years here. One of the most influential was spending a semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain.
“To be able to travel to nine countries and 17 cities within the span on four months is unfathomable,” said Delarosa. “The stories I have to tell and the memories that I can share will be talked about for many years after I leave SU. Studying abroad has opened my eyes to the various lifestyles and traditions that are on this earth.”
One of the biggest lessons Delarosa has learned here at SU is the importance of time management, and specifically how to fill his free time.
“The freedom you are given here is uncanny,” he said. “But by joining different organizations and taking on leadership roles, you really need to understand how to manage your time wisely so you have enough time to allocate to academics.”
Outside of the classroom, Delarosa has also made his mark. After his freshman year at SU, he was chosen to attend Deloitte’s Next Gen Leadership conference for the summer, which led to a Discovery Internship at Deloitte for the summer following his sophomore year. He then returned to Deloitte after his junior year to complete a ten-week tax internship. Delarosa will be spending the upcoming summer in New York City interning with Deloitte Advisory, after which he will be returning to SU to complete Whitman’s Masters of Accounting program.
For incoming students, Delarosa stresses the importance of keeping an open mind and being unafraid to leave your comfort zone.
“Personally, I was skeptical about joining my business fraternity sophomore year but by breaking out of my shell I found the courage to try out,” said Delarosa. “Now, Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) has been one of my proudest experiences of college because I was able to meet some of my best friends, take on leadership roles, and network with some of the most well-renown business firms across the world.”