Student Spotlight: Tyler Newman ’20

Tyler Newman ’20, finance and marketing double major, always knew he wanted to be part of the Syracuse University community. From a young age he attended sporting events on campus and heard about the University from older friends. 

Newman at a Syracuse University men’s basketball game with friends

Newman has collected many success stories and memories as a student at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. One of his greatest achievements is winning the Fall 2019 Capstone Plan Competition with his team among 61 other groups. He also has taken advantage of other on campus activities such as being a brother in the Xi Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed business fraternity, as well as serving on the Forever Orange Student Alumni Council.

A group photo of Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) members

Newman’s advice to other students, “Show up. There are so many opportunities to get your 

face out there. Get involved, which means attending. Your name will get out. Go shake someone’s hand. You never know, a hand you shake could impact your life.”

Although Newman has success stories now, he admits that facing rejection was a major hurdle in the past. “When I was applying to schools, I didn’t get into every school I wanted. I felt unaccepted, but I figured it out once I was here. Some people told me I wasn’t going to be anything, I wasn’t going to go to college,” he says.

Newman took those criticisms and used them to empower himself. Once he became a student at Whitman, he thrived. In addition to getting involved on campus, he also accepted a variety of internships. His first internship was as a business analyst at Pfizer Inc. Newman also studied abroad for a semester in Hong Kong, where he interned for one month with Compass Offices on the sales team. 

Newman standing on the Great Wall of China during his study abroad experience

Newman will graduate this spring and has a full-time position secured with Synchrony Financial, which is the largest privately-owned credit card company in the United States, serving clients such as DICK’s Sporting Goods and Amazon.

For the next two years, Newman will rotate to a new city every eight months. He is excited about this opportunity because it is a fusion of his two interests: calculating numbers and the ability to work directly with people. “I’ll learn different functions in sales and client relationship management,” explains Newman.

A selfie of Newman while working at Synchrony

Newman shares, “My favorite thing about myself is my willingness to try new things— experiences, people, food, traveling. I always have the mentality ‘Yes let’s try it and do it, if it doesn’t work out, so be it.’ Always being willing to say yes is what I love about myself.” 

In 10 years, Newman’s goals are to simply be an effective leader who is dependable and reliable. “I want to be a mentor one day; I’ve had the privilege of having so many to look up to while in college.” 

Success to Newman is being effective and happy and he thanks his family and friends for supporting him unconditionally. He also says, “I would like to thank everyone in the Whitman School, alumni association…everybody, who has made a direct impact on my four years.”

Learn more about Whitman students and their experiences at Syracuse University.

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