Meet the Suffolk Orientation Leaders

The 2022 Suffolk University Orientation Leaders are dedicated to promoting the diversity, strengths, and virtues of our community. As mentors and positive role models, they aim to build lasting connections with the incoming students in their orientation groups.

Meet the Orientation Leaders

Headshot of Jasmine Theodore.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Public Relations
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: Jakarta, Indonesia
Languages: English, Indonesian

Before I graduate, I want to:

Visit all historic sites in Boston.

I chose Suffolk because:

It is in the heart of Boston and it is very diverse.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Bonding times with my dorm roommates.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Learning more about different cultures.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

You always have a space in Suffolk, take your time to figure out who you are and what you want. College journeys are different for everybody and that's the beauty of it.

Head shot of Will Woodring.

Pronouns: He/Him
Class of: 2024
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Public Relations
Minor(s): Political Science
Honors: No
Home city/town: Medway, Massachusetts
Languages: English

Before I graduate, I want to:

Get an internship in public relations.

I chose Suffolk because:

I loved the programs that Suffolk offers, and I wanted to study in downtown Boston.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

meeting up with my friends for dinner at El Jefes.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

the orientation team, which taught me so many valuable life skills.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

to take every opportunity you can. There's so much that Suffolk has to offer, but you have to get involved to see how valuable the programs can be.

Headshot of Akhila.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Biology - Health Careers
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Languages: Malayalam

Before I graduate, I want to:

Get a position at a nearby hospital in the city!

I chose Suffolk because:

I love the location of the school! There is so much to do in the area, and you can never get bored!

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I am happy to be a part of a welcoming and diverse community!

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Bonding with my Fusion Dhamaka family during practices and performances.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The orientation team, which has allowed me to grow!

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Take advantage of all the opportunities that you come across! It's easy to be hesitant but join organizations you are passionate about, and you'll learn how much you can grow!

Headshot of Ali.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2025
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Biology - Health Careers
Minor(s): English
Honors: Yes

Before I graduate, I want to:

Ride a Duck Boat!

I chose Suffolk because:

Love the location, it's so nice to be able to explore the whole city while still having a small campus to come back to and call home!

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

The community! Every Suffolk student I've met is so welcoming and encouraging and really wants to see you succeed and be happy, and I love the friends I've met here!

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Creating a Holiday card with the friends on my floor (it was penguin pajama themed!)

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Going on the Alternative Spring Break trip and getting to help build houses for families who need them!

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Get involved! Joining a club or going to events is a great way to make new friends and find your place at Suffolk!

Headshot of Anshuman.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him
Class of: 2023
College: Sawyer Business School
Major(s): Big Data & Business Analytics
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Languages: Hindi, Bengali

Before I graduate, I want to:

get to know more people, improve my connections, and be involved in more campus events.

I chose Suffolk because:

I knew someone who went to Suffolk and spoke highly of the diverse community. Also, Suffolk has good reputation for its Information Systems & Operations Management program.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Suffolk will give me the skills I need to succeed in my future career.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

The classes I took in the Sawyer Business School. I met a great group of people I am now friends with.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Suffolk has given me many opportunities such as internships, a great education, and leadership positions like being an orientation leader.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

My advice is you do not need to rush and focus on having 4.0 GPA. It is more important to make friends and know people as you need them more. Your skills, knowledge, and connections will take you far.

Headshot of Cailee.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2025
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Media and Film
Minor(s): History
Honors: Yes

Before I graduate, I want to:

Learn more about myself and the city of Boston.

I chose Suffolk because:

Of the location and the opportunities available.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Of the awesome community Suffolk has.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Dinner theatre!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Allowing me to explore my interests.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Don't be afraid to participate in things! It's a great way to make new friends and get involved with the Suffolk community.

Headshot of Carson.

Preferred Pronouns: She/They
Class of: 2025
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Media and Film
Minor(s): Advertising
Honors: Yes

Before I graduate, I want to:

Make connections in the film industry.

I chose Suffolk because:

The amazing location! With the Boston Common, Beacon Hill, and so many other Boston staples so close, there's always something to do.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

The Suffolk community is extremely supportive in all that I want to do.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Sledding in the Boston Common with friends.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Getting to attend unique events like film festivals, concerts, and sporting events.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Take any and every opportunity you can. Whether that's an internship, school club, or even just joining a group of people for a random trip to get food, take that chance, because when I took those chances, I had experiences beyond anything I could have imagined and made some of my best friends and connections.

Headshot of Emily.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2025
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Criminal Justice
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: Yes
Languages: Spanish

Before I graduate, I want to:

Network and make as many connections as possible with people related to the field of work I hope to pursue.

I chose Suffolk because:

It is a perfect distance from home and the teacher to student class size is perfect!

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Suffolk offers so many opportunities to grow and learn and you are offered hands on experience for your major.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Orientation week when we had swings and food trucks because it was that week where I met my best friends!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The chance to rediscover and reconnect with my passions. I suffered a knee injury a few years ago and had to give up the sport I have played my entire life which was soccer. With all the clubs Suffolk has to offer I was able to join a soccer club and even join cheer which is something I haven't done before and because of this I was able to find my love again for soccer and find a new interest in another sport!

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Get involved. Get out of your dorm room and your comfort zone and try new things, clubs, sports, etc. because you will find new passions or even reconnect with old passions.

Headshot of Ingrid.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2024
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Sociology and Spanish
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: Yes
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish

Before I graduate, I want to:

Study abroad for one more semester and get an internship at a law firm.

I chose Suffolk because:

Suffolk allowed me to study abroad for three semesters and it was also a university that was close to home so I could be near my family.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Suffolk has a great community and staff that are willing to help you achieve your goals.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Going on fun weekend excursions at the Madrid Campus.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The opportunity to be an modern language assistant for Spanish and to be an orientation leader.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

University can be overwhelming and a lot to take in at once, but it's important to remember to take it one day at a time. There is no need to stress about the bigger picture or come in with everything sorted out because college will challenge you and will likely change your initial plans. Do the best you can and know that it is good enough.

Headshot of Isa.

Preferred Pronouns: They/Them
Class of: 2025
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Theatre
Minor(s): Arts Administration
Honors: No

Before I graduate, I want to:

Direct a theatrical production!

I chose Suffolk because:

It offers amazing courses, activities, and programs.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Suffolk is full of passionate and talented students.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Halloween karaoke night

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Being a member of Rampage show choir.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Get involved at Suffolk and try new things! You can explore your interests and find a community though various courses, activities, and clubs.

Headshot of Jamie.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him
Class of: 2024
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Broadcast Journalism
Minor(s): Graphic Design
Honors: No

Before I graduate, I want to:

See a championship parade.

I chose Suffolk because:

The intimate feeling in the community reminded me of my hometown. I also loved that it's in the middle of downtown Boston.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I know I'm part of a community where everyone is rooting for each other and pushing each other to be the best version of themselves.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Going to the 2022 College Media Association convention in New York City with other members of The Suffolk Journal and coming home with three awards for our paper!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The chance to gain real journalism experience through The Suffolk Journal.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Get involved! There is so much that the Suffolk community has to offer. Not only will getting involved on campus give you the chance to explore your passions, but you'll make so many friends along the way.

Headshot of Kassidy.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2024
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Politics, Philosophy & Economics
Minor(s): Spanish
Honors: Yes
Languages: Spanish

Before I graduate, I want to:

Study abroad in Europe.

I chose Suffolk because:

I adore the culture at the heart of the city.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I know that my education is securely in my hands, and now I truly have the power to direct it.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Any night I was lucky enough to spend in the lounge or library with my hall-mates.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Performing with a soul choir filled with devoted and determined students who are not only incredibly talented musicians, but moreover wonderful human beings and friends.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Don't settle for anything less than what you think you deserve. You want to go try that new club a little out of your comfort zone? Do it. You want to take a nap because today was a little too much? Sleep! Do what fills you with joy that today happened, and tomorrow's just ready to begin.

Headshot of Katie.

Preferred Pronouns: They/Them
Class of: 2025
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Theatre
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No

Before I graduate, I want to:

Travel abroad.

I chose Suffolk because:

Great community vibe!

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I've made so many friends and love my major

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

My first show at Suffolk as a theatre major!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The opportunity to put myself out there and discover my identity.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Get involved! Put yourself out there, and take risks. Make as many friends as you can and find a nice little place in this community.

Headshot of Kim.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2024
College: Sawyer Business School
Major(s): Big Data & Business Analytics
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: Yes

Before I graduate, I want to:

Go to every pastry shop in Boston.

I chose Suffolk because:

Of the school's size and location.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Of the opportunities and diversity the school has to offer.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Going to Program Council's Spring Ball with my friends.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Presenting in front of executives from Liberty Mutual.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Get involved! It is a great way to get yourself exposed to different clubs and organizations on campus as well as meet new people outside of your class.

Headshot of Laila.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2025
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Sociology, International Relations
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No

Before I graduate, I want to:

Make meaningful connections and meet new people.

I chose Suffolk because:

Its proximity to the city and the ability to always explore new places.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I genuinely enjoy my classes and professors.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Going to VSA (Vietnamese Student Association) events on and off campus.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Being able to explore Boston while I further my education.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

To join a club or an organization you are interested in! It is the easiest way to make friends that will have a common interest or values as you and it is the easiest way to meet new people.

Headshot of Lauren.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Politics, Philosophy & Economics
Minor(s): Women and Gender Studies
Honors: Yes
Languages: Spanish

Before I graduate, I want to:

Get an internship in the public sector.

I chose Suffolk because:

Suffolk is in the heart of Downtown Boston and I wanted to move to the city. Suffolk also offered me multiple scholarships and financial aid for my studies.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

The Suffolk community is filled with faculty, staff and students that value inclusivity and diversity. All the offices on campus and Suffolk faculty are here to uplift, inspire, and elevate students to be successful for the future. Within the Suffolk community, I feel supported, seen, heard, and valued.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Working in the orientation office as a Ram Supporter and developing meaningful relationships with not just first-year students and my peers but also with my supervisors.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The chance to participate in alternative spring break where I traveled to Bel Air, Maryland to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Suffolk has so many opportunities available to students and all offices on campus are here to help students in any way they can. Take advantage of all the opportunities Suffolk has to offer and get out of your comfort zone! Go to that club meeting, take that interesting class, attend that study aboard info session, apply for that program, and have fun! Time files and you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to make your experience here at Suffolk the best!

Headshot of Lorda.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Media and Film: Production
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Languages: Haitian Creole

Before I graduate, I want to:

Write my first script.

I chose Suffolk because:

I wanted to live in the city but still close to my family.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

The community I created here.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Getting a scholar position at my work study.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

To create films that I enjoy and doing it with people I love.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Create the type of environment for yourself that you will enjoy. Find the right people that make you happy and make you feel the most comfortable with being yourself.

Headshot of Maryam.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2025
College: Sawyer Business School
Major(s): Marketing
Minor(s): Entrepreneurship
Honors: No
Languages: Arabic

Before I graduate, I want to:

Travel to three new countries I've never been to.

I chose Suffolk because:

I toured Suffolk my senior year in high school with my mom. Most schools were strictly only doing virtual tours because of Covid, so Suffolk was the only school I had visited. Through out the tour I had a gut feeling telling me I was meant to study here.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I feel safe around my peers and faculty.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

My friends and I going the Black & White Affair together.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

All the spaces that I am able to grow as a leader for example orientation leader, resident assistant, and diversity peer educator.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Meet people and make friends. Don't be the person who only is on campus when they have class.

Headshot of Meg.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2024
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Law
Minor(s): Gender Studies
Honors: Yes

Before I graduate, I want to:

Work an internship.

I chose Suffolk because:

I wanted to have the city as my campus. I was also attracted to the diverse community and the renowned law program.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Suffolk is a really awesome community to be a part of. I love how you can find every type of person and every type of personality on campus; I especially love how they all function together.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

The boat cruise. After not being able to meet so many other members of our class our first year due to COVID it was incredible to be all together on something as cool as a nighttime harbor cruise.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The ability to feel independent. Going from living in an extremely rural Massachusetts town to walking out of my dorm and being on the streets of Boston was certainly a dramatic change, but it has been the most amazing experience of my life. It's taught me so much about myself.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Your college experience is what you make it, and it is all about the balance. Don't put pressure on yourself to be with friends having the time of your life every moment of every day; it's extremely important to have down time and take care of yourself. With that being said, this is also the time to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things; it's how you'll grow as a person.

Headshot of Nadia.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Biology
Minor(s): Chemistry
Honors: No

Before I graduate, I want to:

Secure an internship and/or job in my field of study.

I chose Suffolk because:

The city is our campus!

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Being apart of the Ramily is very rewarding.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Taking a class at the New England Aquarium (the city truly is our campus).

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Without Suffolk I would not have met the incredible people in my life.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Get involved! Whether it involves you joining a club, coming to free on campus events, or even just saying hi to that classmate you sit next to everyday, it's one of the easiest ways to make the most of your time at Suffolk.

Headshot of Olivia.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): International Relations
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No

Before I graduate, I want to:

Try bubble tea from every place in Chinatown.

I chose Suffolk because:

Of the location in downtown Boston!

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Of the diversity and all the great opportunities.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Going on a food tour of the North End with Program Council.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Being on two executive board of two fantastic clubs!

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Join clubs! I have met so many of my friends from the clubs that I have joined and it really helps.

Headshot of Raphael.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him
Class of: 2025
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Biology
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: Yes

Before I graduate, I want to:

Explore as much clubs and programs that I can manage.

I chose Suffolk because:

The inclusivity that Suffolk promised and the opportunities available in my field.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

The university is very involved in the wider community and are advocates for change to local and worldwide issues.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Flo Rida Concert.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The chance to network with people in the medical field.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Take your time to adjust to the environment and learn to balance all lifestyles that you lead.

Headshot of Sandra.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Class of: 2025
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Journalism
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Languages: Spanish

Before I graduate, I want to:

visit Gillette Stadium.

I chose Suffolk because:

It's amazing location and great networking opportunities.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Of how easy it is to find someone who understands you.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Helping put on Rammython.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

To go to my first Red Sox game.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

To be open to new possibilities. Jumping out of your comfort zone is a great way to learn new interest and meet people you wouldn't have before.

Headshot of Turner.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him
Class of: 2024
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Law
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: Yes

Before I graduate, I want to:

Make a positive impact on as many people as possible.

I chose Suffolk because:

Its opportunities, inclusiveness, and location are absolutely unmatched when paired together.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Its legacy and the opportunities it provides to those who might not get the same chance somewhere else.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Winning my outdoor conference championship for my track team.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The ability to reach for the goals I want without any hinderance.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Make sure to make mistakes. Do something wrong. It doesn't matter what it is, but do something wrong. You'll feel a lot better after you do and learn from it.