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Class of ’23 Defines Their Success

Meet some of the members of Syracuse University’s Class of 2023 who are pursuing their dreams after graduation. Some are preparing for graduate or professional school; others are entering the workforce. All are united by the desire to make an impact.
Portrait of Scarlett Benson working in photography studio on her senior project.

Scarlett Benson ’23 Pictures Her Narrative

If Scarlett Benson ’23 (above) has gleaned anything from her time in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, it’s the power of visual storytelling. “Every image has a story that I can help bring to light,” says the photography major, who also minored in sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation, Benson is pursuing a creative marketing job in New York City or in her native Boston. She credits her Syracuse experience, which included an internship with the University’s award-winning photo team, for fostering a mindset for success. “I’ve learned how to stay diligent, detailed-oriented and open to new experiences.”

Portrait of Savannah Devlin standing on stage.

Savannah Devlin ’23 Is Bound for Broadway

Savannah Devlin ’23 (above) is a “triple threat”—an actor, singer and director—with a resume to prove it. “I’ve been exposed to numerous ways to create a career for myself,” says the Broadway-bound artist, who’s earning a B.F.A. in acting from the College of Visual and Performing ArtsDepartment of Drama. In addition to studying at Shakespeare’s Globe through Syracuse London, she’s made industry connections via the Tepper Semester in New York City and the Sorkin in L.A. Learning Practicum (aka “Sorkin Week”). Devlin directed a fully staged production of the Sarah Ruhl play Eurydice for her Honors Thesis.

Michael Geiss poses in lab with large model of eyeball.

Michael “MP” Geiss ’23 Pursues M.D. Degree

“Syracuse has done a great job of preparing me to become a physician-scientist,” says Senior Class Marshal Michael “MP” Geiss ’23 (above), who is pursuing an M.D. degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University. His research into organic micropollutants in Long Island groundwater led to an invited talk at the 2022 ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference and to contributions to glaucoma research, featured in an upcoming Nature article. Geiss is an Honors student majoring in physics in the College of Arts and Sciences and in policy studies in Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship of Public Affairs. He also pitches for the Syracuse Baseball Club. In addition to presenting the varsity program’s 150-year history at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he recently organized an anniversary celebration at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse.

Will Mahaney in the dome wearing business casual entering the career fair.

Will Mahaney ’23 Embarks on Health Care Services Career

Will Mahaney ’23 (above) likes to make others feel special. Ask anyone who’s interacted with him in Lawrinson Hall, where he’s been a resident advisor, or been recruited by him to join the School of Information StudiesKappa Theta Pi technology fraternity. “I’m glad to have made college a little bit easier for others,” says the former Orientation Leader, who is a dual major in mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences and applied data analytics in the iSchool. After graduation, Mahaney will apply his knowledge—and interpersonal skills—to Epic, a large, Wisconsin-based health care services provider. “It will be Epic,” he says smiling.

Maya Pow adjusts light in photography studio.

Maya Pow ’23 “Incredibly Prepared” To Enter Job Market

“I love the community that I’ve built at Syracuse University,” exclaims Maya Pow ’23 (above), who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Pow rounded out her education with a minor in Chinese studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and a three-year stint at The Daily Orange, rising to senior staff videographer. “I am pursuing a career in video production after graduation,” says Pow, who used the Newhouse School’s vast alumni network to land internships at Forbes and Warner Bros. Discovery. “I feel incredibly prepared.”

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