Performing and Leading

Olivia's Suffolk Story

“It's incredible what getting involved in just one thing at Suffolk can lead to. The clubs and organizations on this campus are a deep-rooted network of student leaders.”
Olivia Lowe BS, Sociology and Theatre, '18
Olivia's Suffolk Story

Despite knowing that Suffolk University was the place for me from the time I first stepped on campus, I never could've imagined the environment it would provide for me to reach out to the community and challenge myself. 

I entered as a shy and unknowing freshman, only participating in campus activities that fell within my high school comfort zone. But eventually, working with the Performing Arts Office (PAO) inspired me to want to lead the Arts & Culture Ram Academy, so I could introduce incoming students to what I loved about art in Boston. I found a passion there for influencing others—eventually moving on to become an orientation leader, a teaching assistant, and an office assistant in both the Human Resources Office and the PAO. 

I not only joined but took on executive board positions in multiple clubs, including music director of The Ramifications a cappella group. I performed at Boston’s Royale night club twice and swam with manatees in Crystal River, Florida, through the Journey Leadership Program. I viewed life through a sociological lens as I explored my world through theatre, all while making lifelong friends. 

It's incredible what getting involved in just one thing at Suffolk can lead to. The clubs and organizations on this campus are a deep-rooted network of student leaders. But it's also important to remember that each of these positions comes with its own challenges. I was denied as an orientation leader the first time around, as well as for the position of resident assistant. I auditioned not once, but five times for the Ramifications. I encourage all students to not only get involved, but to press forward and work toward the place you want to be. In the end, you’ll find your community and your heart here.

Olivia smiling while holding her scroll in her cap and gown crossing the stage at Commencement.

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