Meet the Suffolk Orientation Leaders

The 2018 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.

11 Amazing Orientation Leaders

@SUOLLogan

Year in school (as of Fall 2018): Sophomore

Major: Psychology and Theater

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: English

Involvement: Performing Arts

When I’m not studying, you can find me: Running through Boston Common, trying new kinds of food, or reading.

Before you graduate you have to: Go to a Red Sox game and explore until you get lost to get familiar with the city.

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: The small school environment in the middle of a city promotes close relationships with your school community.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: The comedy groups are always great, and seeing dinner theater is a must every year.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: Finding new talents and skills through spontaneous involvement. 

My favorite place in Boston is: The Common in the middle of spring, watching all of the dogs running through the park.

My advice for new students is: Find a way to be involved on campus, don't be afraid to be yourself, and don't be afraid to take a leap of faith, because you never know what kind of opportunities will open up to you.

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Sophomore

Major: Psychology and Theater

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken:English

Involvement: Performing Arts

When I’m not studying, you can find me: Running through Boston Common, trying new kinds of food, or reading.

Before you graduate you have to: Go to a Red Sox game and explore until you get lost to get familiar with the city.

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: The small school environment in the middle of a city promotes close relationships with your school community.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: The comedy groups are always great, and seeing dinner theater is a must every year.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: Finding new talents and skills through spontaneous involvement. 

My favorite place in Boston is: The Common in the middle of spring, watching all of the dogs running through the park.

My advice for new students is: Find a way to be involved on campus, don't be afraid to be yourself, and don't be afraid to take a leap of faith, because you never know what kind of opportunities will open up to you.

@SUOLMiguel

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Sophomore

Major: Economics

Honors Program: Yes

Hometown: Pawtucket, RI

Country of Origin: Portugal

Languages spoken: English, Portuguese

Involvement: Residence Life & Housing Office Assistant

When I’m not studying, you can find me: In the Boston Common, Fill-a-Busters, or my bed.

Before you graduate you have to: Go skydiving or visit a country that you’ve never been to.

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: Suffolk motivates me to be the best that I can be.

My favorite Suffolk tradition or campus program is: My favorite Suffolk tradition would have to be Plaza Palooza, and the orientation program.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: Meeting new people and making lifelong connections.

My favorite place in Boston is: Boston Common.

My advice for new students is: Don’t be afraid to try new things or to make new friends. Everyone is just as shy and nervous as you are, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there!

@SUOLOlivia

Year in school (as of Fall 2018): Junior

Major: Biology Pre-Med

Minor: Psychology

Hometown: Manchester, NH

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: English (I speak/read/write this very well)

Involvement: Residence Hall Association

When I’m not studying, you can find me: In my bed, with my friends, or probably online shopping.

Before you graduate you have to: Go to Kane’s Donuts and watch the Boston Common tree lighting.

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: Of how well Suffolk is preparing and helping me get the career I want.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: the Residence Hall Association Haunt Fest and Plaza Palooza.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: Being an Orientation Leader!

My favorite place in Boston is: The Public Garden in the spring.

My advice for new students is: Make connections with professional staff members and your professors. At some point you will need a letter of recommendation and having those strong connections will go far in their ability to help you

@SUOLAshleyC

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Sophomore

Major: Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Honors Program: Yes

Hometown: Derby, CT

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: English

Involvement: I work for the Performing Arts Office and am in the Global Gateway Program.

When I’m not studying, you can find me: Rehearsing for a Suffolk PAO show, feeding the squirrels in Boston Common, or shopping at Primark in Downtown Crossing.

Before you graduate you have to: Go ice skating with friends at the Frog Pond, eat at a nice Italian restaurant in the North End, try the Boston Local Company (BoLoCo), and feed the squirrels in the Common!

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: I am immersed in an environment that supports diversity, inclusiveness, and the idea of expanding the capacity of one’s mind.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: Dinner Theatre and Dancing with the Stahs!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: Allowing me to grow confident in my leadership abilities in the process of becoming an Orientation Leader!

My favorite place in Boston is: The Esplanade Park.

My advice for new students is: Entering college can be a confusing time for some. You may start to question who you truly are as a person, and that is completely okay! These experiences are yours to question and ponder. You’ll make mistakes, but you’ll also make life-changing discoveries. The process may seem scary, and possibly even unbearable, but just remember that you are not alone in this transition into adulthood. There are people all around you experiencing similar feelings. Reach out, conquer your fears, and you’ll soon see yourself flourishing and thriving!

@SUOLNick

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Sophomore

Major: Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Justice

Honors Program: Yes

Hometown: Everett, MA

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: English

Involvement: I am involved in the Suffolk Love Your Melon Crew, work-study at Suffolk Mailroom, and the Journey Program.

When I’m not studying, you can find me: at the gym getting in a good workout, on the train commuting from home, and in the Suffolk mailroom

Before you graduate you have to: Visit the CLAS to get better strategies on writing essays and different ways to study, visit Fenway Park/TD Garden, and go to all of the museums and the aquarium to get a full understanding of what Boston offers.

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: It gives me the chance to pursue my education in one of the greatest cities in the country. I am surrounded by all different types of people who want to help each other succeed and achieve to the utmost of their abilities. Furthermore, it allows me to experience things I would have never thought of having the opportunity to do before coming to Suffolk.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: the honors program and Alternative Spring Break!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: the chance to give back to communities in different ways.

My favorite place in Boston is: Fenway Park! Growing up I played baseball my whole life and spent every weekend during the summer at Fenway.

My advice for new students is: Get involved as much as possible in any way. The more organizations or clubs that a student participates in leads to a wide spread of friends and connections. It helps create a better atmosphere for learning and having fun while getting the whole college experience.

Orientation Team Leader

@SUOLCarly

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Junior

Major: Public Relations

Minor: Graphic Design

Honors Program: Yes

Hometown: Eliot, ME

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: English

Involvement: Program Council, Global Gateway Program, Office of Student Leadership & Involvement, The Journey Program, and Alternative Spring Break

When I’m not studying, you can find me: In Sawyer on the third floor in the Office of Student Leadership & Involvement, in Cafe 73 enjoying a salad or sandwich, or trying new things around the city.

Before you graduate you have to: Do a semester abroad! Suffolk offers a variety of great locations to go abroad, and it is a great way to experience new cultures and food.

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: There are so many opportunities and kind professors. Everyone is truly included and accepted into the Suffolk community. Suffolk has given me the opportunity to really come out of my comfort zone and grow as a leader.

When you’re on campus, make sure you check out: Suffolk University's improv group Seriously Bent. They perform every Thursday night at 10 p.m. in the basement of 150 Tremont.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: Ram Academy!! It gave me the opportunity to make connections and friends I still have today. Ramily Thanksgiving Dinner is another one of my favorite Suffolk traditions. It is a great way for the entire Suffolk community to see what a traditional Thanksgiving is like.

My favorite place in Boston is: The Greenway, the Public Garden, and Boston Common—especially in the winter when they are decorated for the holidays.

My advice for new students is: to get involved! Join a club, organization, or one of the performing arts groups. It is one of the best ways to meet new people with similar interests, they look great on a resume, and they're also a lot of fun!

@SUOLBlase

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Sophomore

Major: Management

Hometown: Wayland, MA

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: English and beginner Spanish

Involvement: I am on the baseball team and in the EntreDupe Club!

When I’m not studying, you can find me: In Ridgeway, in my bed taking a nap, and the North End.

Before you graduate you have to: Go to Mike's Pastry in the North End and visit the aquarium.

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: Suffolk has given me the opportunity to meet so many new friends and to network with the hundreds of companies in and around the city.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: Plaza Palooza and the OL Chant!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: The chance for possible internships with companies in the city.

My favorite place in Boston is: Fenway Park.

My advice for new students is: It's important to manage your time effectively.There are so many things to do in the city, and while it is important to venture out and do fun activities, you need to prioritize school work and get good grades. Also, joining new clubs and programs is a great way to meet people on campus! 

@SUOLSaiDee

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Senior

Major: Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Justice

Hometown: Pleasant Grove, UT

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: English, but I can order coffee in Italian!

Involvement: Orientation, Commuter Students

When I’m not studying, you can find me: Napping on campus (try the windowsills in the Sawyer Library), trying new food around Boston, or dog spotting.

Before you graduate you have to: Enjoy the New England Aquarium and get lost exploring the city.

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: It's wonderful to be part of such a diverse group of dedicated people.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: The Harbor Boat Cruise, Fall Fest, and Diversity Coffee Hour.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: Studying abroad in Rome!

My favorite place in Boston is: The Boston Public Market and North End Park, especially in the warmer months when they have produce stands and the park is full of people.

My advice for new students is: Be true to your academics, but don't be afraid to embrace the city. Even if you are familiar with it, let it become familiar with you. Use all your senses to experience everything you can, and get lost in it. Go taste some New England seafood, smell the breeze on the harbor, see the view from every bridge, listen to the voices of community in the Common, and feel the cobblestones under your feet. You'll be surprised at what you can learn.

@SUOLMattG

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Sophomore

Major: Spanish

Hometown: Rockaway, NJ

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: English, Advanced Spanish

Involvement: Global Gateway Program

When I’m not studying, you can find me: in the 73 Tremont cafe, at the movies, or Zen.

Before you graduate you have to: Study abroad and be an Orientation Leader!!!

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: of the diversity on campus. Passing any group of Suffolk students, it becomes evident just how diverse Suffolk is.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: the Freshman Harbor Cruise, Ram Academy.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: the opportunity to make close friends from around the world.

My favorite place in Boston is: Charles River walkway, Newbury Street, or the Public Garden...it is way too hard to choose!

My advice for new students is: Be yourself! College is totally different than high school; there are way more people, and therefore way more people just like you! Be true to yourself, and it'll be easy to make lifelong friends.

@SUOLRoss

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Sophomore

Major: Theatre

Honors Program: Yes

Hometown: Paris, TN

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: Fluent English (most days!)

Involvement: Honors LLC, the Journey Program

When I’m not studying, you can find me: Munching at Cafe 73, roaming around Boston, or hanging out with friends.

Before you graduate you have to: Order a flatbread pizza from Cafe 73 (trust me) and go ice skating at the Frog Pond.

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: Suffolk has a diverse community that focuses on celebrating differences.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: Welcome Week programs and RamVentures.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: To be able to make connections in my field.

My favorite place in Boston is: the Charles River Esplanade.

My advice for new students is: Don't worry about feeling different or unaccepted based on any aspect of your identity. There are plenty of people here who will become your best friends, so don't hesitate to get involved. Put yourself out there and you're sure to find friends.

@SUOLBrian

Year in school (as of fall 2018): Junior

Major: Government

Minor: Public Relations

Honors Program: Yes

Hometown: Clinton, CT

Country of Origin: United States

Languages spoken: English

Involvement: The Commuter Student Council, Journey Program, Love Your Melon, and Program Council.

When I’m not studying, you can find me: Wandering around Faneuil Hall, eating in the Somerset cafe, and sleeping.

Before you graduate you have to: Study abroad and apply for a leadership position on campus!

I’m proud to be a Suffolk student because: Suffolk offers so many opportunities for students to grow and challenge themselves in the heart of downtown Boston. Through leadership opportunities on campus and a strong academic foundation, Suffolk students are pushed to become the best versions of themselves.

My favorite Suffolk tradition (or campus program) is: The SGA Concert and Spring Ball!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is: The opportunity to present a semester-long research paper on voter turnout in front of my peers and future professors.

My favorite place in Boston is: The Charles River Esplanade is my go-to spot to relax on a nice day.

My advice for new students is: When you start your first week of college, the opportunities that are thrown at you are endless. Do not be afraid to take a minute and process all of the changes happening in your personal life before getting overloaded with academic and extracurricular responsibilities.