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Syracuse University senior shares her favorite memories and what it means to be Orange.

Five More Questions With Alyssa

Did you know what you wanted to major in when you applied to Syracuse University? How’d you figure it out?

I knew when beginning my college search that I had a knack for communications and that it was a field I wanted to pursue. Thus, Newhouse became a no-brainer. I didn’t know exactly which communications avenue was my calling, and I entered my freshman year as an undeclared Newhouse student. I didn’t stay that way for long. I attended a “major exploration day,” where Newhouse alumni from every field discuss where their respective majors have taken them. After bouncing around from room to room and hearing each story of success, I realized public relations resonated with my skills and interests the most. I declared as a PR major the next day and have never looked back!

When I look at Syracuse’s alumni, I see people who not only started where I started but have made it to where I want to go.

Which class or professor made an impact on your life?

It sounds like a cliché, but each one of my professors has helped mold me into the student and future professional that I am. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Syracuse has a way of combining all of your interests and handing you the dream class on a silver platter. I am currently taking Sports PR and Athlete Advocacy with the incredible Professor Brad Horn, combining my passions for public relations and sports to create a portfolio that mirrors that of a sports public relations practitioner in the industry today. I have worked toward my English minor with classes like American Protest Literature and been able to unwind after a long day with a for-credit Pilates class. Getting to build my own schedule has ensured I am prepared to be not only a member of the workforce but a well-rounded member of society.

How big is the campus, and is there a lot to do outside of your classes?

Goldilocks would love Syracuse’s campus, not too big, not too small, but just right. I can get from any point on campus to another within fifteen minutes, and I’m guaranteed to see a familiar face on my walk there. The greater city of Syracuse also becomes our campus, as I’ve gone on hikes within Syracuse’s beautiful trails for my Geology class and to client meetings in the downtown business district for my PR Campaigns class. Syracuse’s campus can be as big or as small as you want it to be! The campus also offers so many ways to keep busy outside of the classroom. Whether you are interested in professional organizations, intramural athletics or simply playing laser tag on the quad, Syracuse has the activity for you.

Informal portrait of Alyssa Feldmann wearing a mask in a Newhouse classroom. Click to read her story.

How are you working with the Career Development Center to help you prepare for life after graduation?

If you don’t wake up each morning to five emails from the Career Development Center with internship or networking opportunities, you’re not a Newhouse student! Our Career Development Center helps you every step of the way, from starting your resume to landing the job. Just last week I attended a virtual career fair with dozens of companies seeking Newhouse students. For weeks before this career fair, Career Development Center hosted events on networking, LinkedIn building and cover letter writing to ensure we can all put our best foot forward when it comes time to meet employers face to face.  I am constantly in their office to drop off a resume, have a quick drop-in advising meeting, or learn professional ways to connect with our alumni on LinkedIn.

Which Syracuse University alum would you most like to meet and why?

This is a hard one, not just because Syracuse University has produced so many great alumni, but because it has produced so many female trailblazers. Eileen Collins ’78, H’01 was the first female space shuttle pilot and commander. Katherine Switzer ’68, G’72, H’18 was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Beth Mowins G’90 was the first woman to call a nationally televised NFL game. When I look at Syracuse’s alumni, I see people who not only started where I started but have made it to where I want to go.

This story was first published on October 15, 2020 and last updated on .


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