Meet Our Students

Find out what some Suffolk University students have to say about how they like going to school here and what they like to do around the city of Boston.

Anna Grace

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Major/Minor: Biology with a concentration in Marine Science
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Program Council, CAS Honors Program, Jumpstart, New England Aquarium Volunteer, Environmental Club, Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Favorite Boston Spot: By the water in the Seaport District.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: It’s the best city to go to college in. There are students everywhere, there are a ton of job and internship opportunities, and there’s always (and I mean always) something to do.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Hibernating in the library when it’s cold.

What is your passion?: Anything to do with environmental conservation or art.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The professors genuinely care about their students and they’re super to get to know.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: There’s always something fun going on. Never a dull moment.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Meeting all of my friends. I never knew what I was missing out on until I met them.

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Anna Grace

Cheryl Aikins

Hometown: Worcester, MA

Major/Minor: Finance major and Business Law minor

Class: 2023

Clubs and Organizations: President of Soulfully Versed, Member of Black Student Union and the Black Student Union Event Planning Committee, Member of Caribbean Student Union, Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office, Member of the Sawyer Business School Honors Program.

Favorite Boston Spot: Seaport District

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? There is always something to explore in this vibrant, culture-filled city.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream.

What is your passion? Human rights activism. I am an activist who believes in fighting for marginalized people who cannot speak up for themselves. On that note, I am extremely passionate about speaking out against systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, and xenophobia.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Suffolk is not just an educational institution, it is an environment that fosters community, leadership, and greater social awareness.

How has Suffolk surprised you? I expected the faculty to be helpful, but I never expected my professors and other faculty members to be as caring and committed to excellence as they are.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Being one of three student speakers at Mr. Leonard J. Samia’s scholarship luncheon.

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Clara Gay

Hometown: Medway, MA
Major/Minor: Psychology major
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador, Program Council, College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

Favorite Boston Spot: Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There is never a bad season here. Spring has the flowers blooming in the common with many dogs to pet, summer is never too hot especially when you have a Dunkin iced coffee, fall brings the beautiful New England leaves, and winter is full of holiday lights and ice skating on the frog pond!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: I am a secret county music fan.

What is your passion?: I will forever believe that coffee is better than tea, dogs are superior to cats, and that Tom Brady is the greatest of all time.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Commuter or resident, international or local, theatre or sports fanatic, Suffolk has something for everyone to make them feel at home and included. I have met people from all over the world with so many different interests, all mixing together to make such a fun and diverse community.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: I had been told that our faculty was amazing, but I didn’t fully believe it until I experienced it for myself. I had advisors who helped me one on one with academic questions and planning, teachers who offered to write recommendation letters, and became close to the Residence Hall staff who were always there to support me. Everyone here is rooting for your success!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Being nominated for the Student Government Association Outstanding Freshman of the Year Award.

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Suffolk Student Clara Gay is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Gerardo Saenz

Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Major/Minor: Entrepreneurship and Global Business double major and Real Estate and Finance double minor
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Founder & President of the Mexican Student Association, Secretary of Future Investors in Real Estate, Office of Orientation Assistant, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Boston Public Garden.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: It’s a city with limitless possibilities because you never know who you are going to meet.

What is your passion?: Real Estate, Finance, Politics.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Our campus is Boston, it is a walkable city, and it is extremely easy to get anywhere.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: They have a tremendous amount of support to help you succeed.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The convenience of its location.

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Student Portrait of Gerardo Saenz

Gretchen Stemmler

Hometown: Haverhill, MA

Major/Minor: Major: Government with a concentration in American Politics and Public Relations double major.

Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: WSFR Suffolk Free Radio, College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Assistant, Suffolk Photography Club, Trustee Ambassador

Favorite Boston Spot: TD Garden, mainly when there is a Bruins game!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There is never a dull moment and there is so much to do! Boston is full of so many unique spots and it is unlike any other city. No matter what you’re interested in, you will always have a great time exploring Boston!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Getting extra sour cream on my Chipotle bowl!

What is your passion?: Mental Health Awareness. My goal is to end the stigma and to help normalize mental health discussions in a comfortable, and safe way.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The small class sizes are incredibly beneficial to your success here. They allow you to develop closer relationships with your professors, and peers, while still learning in a big city environment.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Since Suffolk is a smaller school it has surprised me in all the ways it doesn’t feel small. The campus camaraderie, prime location and unique class offerings (like History of Boston, or Politics in Sports) among so much more is why Suffolk doesn’t feel small. Our student engagement serves as the community of our school and that atmosphere fosters a big school environment.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): WSFR! Suffolk Free Radio has helped me learn so much about myself, and career opportunities I could pursue all while pushing me out of my comfort zone, and making lifelong friendships, and professional relationships.

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Hoaka Hashimoto

Hometown: Windermere, FL
Major/Minor: Economics major
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Program Council, Tip Tap Toe, SU Dance Marathon, Love Your Melon, The Journey Program, Honors Program, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Favorite Boston Spot: The North End

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There is always something to do in Boston at all hours of the day. You just have to go out and explore!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Eating peanut butter out of the jar by the spoonful!

What is your passion?: I love getting to know people and listening to their stories.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: There are so many clubs and organizations Suffolk has to offer. Everyone can find something that interests them, and it is also a great way to get involved on campus.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: I have been surprised by the numerous resources offered to students in order to help them succeed during their college career. There are a lot of available opportunities that allow students to get the most out of their college experience.

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Suffolk Student Hoaka Hashimoto is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Jailene Colón

Hometown: Providence, RI
Major/Minor: Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy & Law
Class: 2024

Clubs and Organizations: Work Study position at the Student Affairs Office and a Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office

Favorite Boston Spot: The Commons and Mooyah

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? It’s busy, busy, busy! Boston is the city where you’ll see people anywhere and everywhere. Begin to get used to the idea that you’ll be surrounded by tourists, other students, professionals and native Bostonians everywhere you go; people are usually super friendly and helpful though - don't get intimidated!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? The show Friends and strawberry ice cream. That combo is dangerous.

What is your passion? I want to be able to provide people with opportunities they never even thought of having access to before. Being able to help others succeed and get out of tough situations is something I see myself doing.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? You’re never alone at Suffolk. There is literally an entire club, office, organization or even friend group that’s readily available to help and support you in any way possible.

How has Suffolk surprised you? Suffolk has surprised me in many ways, but I think it has mostly surprised me regarding its history. I’m a history geek and truly was not expecting the role that Suffolk’s creation and reputation would have on Boston and even Massachusetts history.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far):  Truly would have to be the academics. I take my education super seriously. I transferred high schools at one point because I didn’t think I was learning enough. Suffolk challenges me in ways that I never thought possible. I genuinely am interested in the classes I am taking and am learning in every lecture/lesson. The professors are outstanding, and I appreciate how dedicated they are to their work.

Jocelyn De Paz

Hometown: Worcester, MA
Major/Minor: Biology with a concentration in Health Careers
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office, SU Latinx, Samia Scholar, UNICEF at Suffolk University, and The Honors Program within the College of Arts and Science.

Favorite Boston Spot: Harbor Walk at Seaport.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There are a lot of good places to get good food and various opportunities to get internships.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Eating ice cream out of the tub as I study for exams along with jamming out to 2008 Taylor Swift.

What is your passion?: Being kind to everyone I meet and giving back to my community along with attending concerts and radiating those positive vibes.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Suffolk University faculty members care for their students and they would do anything possible for a student to succeed in their class. Most of our faculty are still working in their fields and they are best connections to have when trying to get an internship.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk has surprised me with all the opportunities it has given me, from being able to speak at the Samia Academic building naming ceremony to getting a research internship through my professor.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The highlight of my Suffolk experience so far has been to crack out of my shell, make brand new friends, and the opportunity to attend so many concerts due to our location.

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Student Portrait of Jocelyn De Paz

Julia Carfagno

Hometown: Flemington, New Jersey
Major/Minor: Journalism with a concentration in Print & Web and Political Science minor
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Vice President of the Suffolk GOP, writer for the Suffolk Journal and a Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office

Favorite Boston Spot: Long Wharf

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? There are more New York Yankees fans around the city than you would think! Go Yankees!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Going too frequently to Bova’s Italian Bakery in the North End at all hours of the day and night.

What is your passion? Studying law, politics and the news. After Suffolk, I plan to attend law school and work in either New York or Washington D.C. for the federal government.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Suffolk encourages all of their students to be leaders, whether it be in the classroom, on the field, in clubs or organizations or even in the community! It is super easy to get involved and become a leader.

How has Suffolk surprised you? Suffolk is literally in the middle of Boston! It is so easy to get around (either walking or taking the T), and there is always so many free things to do in Boston 365 days a year!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Getting my dream internship at the top lobbying firm in New Jersey and becoming a Trustee Ambassador!

Katya Kantorski

Hometown: Georgetown, MA
Major/Minor: Finance major and Marketing minor
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Program Council, Tip Tap Toe, Orientation Leader, Work Study in Financial Aid Office.

Favorite Boston Spot: Esplanade or TD Garden.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There is always something going on and there is always something to do! Just keep your eyes open and you will be able to find something you are interested in here.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Modern Pastry Cannoli (I have a problem).

What is your passion?: Dance! I have been a dancer my entire life and that is why I was so happy when I realized that there was an opportunity here on campus for me to continue dancing and get involved.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Program Council always has an event going on so follow them @suffolkpc and attend these events! It’s the perfect way to have fun, make new friends, get involved, and get free Suffolk gear!

How has Suffolk surprised you?: I was surprised by the amount of opportunities here at Suffolk University! My freshman year I was given the opportunity to travel to Madrid, Spain for a week and it was the best experience of my entire life! I made so many new friends and got to experience another culture! This is just one of the many opportunities Suffolk has to offer!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The Global Gateway Program.

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Suffolk Student Katya Kantorski is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Logan Casey

Hometown: Saco, ME

Major/Minor: Government major with a concentration in Law & Public Policy, Foundations Arts and Environmental Studies minor

Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Suffolk Photography Club, Suffolk Student Government Association, Suffolk University Chamber Singers, College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Boston Public Garden.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? The Esplanade is the best place to watch sunsets!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Eating multiple McDonald’s McChicken Sandwiches in one sitting.

What is your passion?  Film Photography!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? There is so much to get involved with! We have so many different clubs and organizations for all kinds of interests, and there are events almost every day!

How has Suffolk surprised you? Suffolk surprised me with the amount of clubs there are and how many new clubs start-up every year!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): My highlight is all the wonderful friends I’ve met through all kinds of events, clubs, and organizations offered here!

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Logan Gozzi

Hometown: Natick, MA
Major/Minor: Pre-Law
Class: 2024

Clubs and Organizations: Connect the Dots Program, Learning Management System Review Committee, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission

Favorite Boston Spot: The Commonwealth Avenue Mall during the Fall.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? Boston is filled with so many opportunities. Boston is one of few cities to have a public park within a 10 minute walk of every home! Right next door is the Boston Common, Public Garden, Esplanade and Harborwalk to name a few. Fenway Park, TD Garden and Faneuil Hall are also close to campus as well. In addition, we have many opportunities for internships in the nearby Financial District, Government Center and Seaport.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Chipotle, with guac of course!

What is your passion? Skiing! I raced slalom for 4 years in high school.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? How kind and accepting everyone truly is on campus. Whether it be students, staff, or faculty we all strive to ensure that the campus atmosphere feels like you’re a part of our Ramily.

How has Suffolk surprised you? Just how easy it is to build relationships. Since our class sizes are small, I’m able to bond with all of my professors and they know me by name, which is very common here at Suffolk. Living on campus in the heart of Downtown Boston not only helped me make friends at Suffolk but also allowed me to make friends with students at nearby schools as well!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Getting on the Dean's List for my first semester in college!

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Maddi Bard

Hometown: Clarksburg, MD
Major/Minor: Theatre and Psychology double major
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Suffolk University Chamber Singers, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Favorite Boston Spot: Museum of Fine Arts.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: You have access to pretty much every resource you could need to learn just about anything! You can do anything, from dance classes in Cambridge to art classes at the MFA. All you have to do is look around you!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Tik Tok, Legally Blonde The Musical, and ABBA!

What is your passion?: My passion is education. If I had all the time and money in the world I would just keep going to school and studying everything I could. I love learning new things! My most recent endeavor is taking tap classes.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The support that students can receive from faculty here is absolutely unmatched. If you have an idea, I guarantee that there is a professor to help you get it done. Whether you want to organize an art exhibit or start a new club on campus, all you have to do is ask and someone will work with you.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: I’ve been pleasantly surprised by just how big a relatively small school can feel when you’re living in the city. It’s a really nice balance.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): I was walking home from an audition and unexpectedly got to see the tree lighting on the common. I thought I was going to miss it, but then I saw the fireworks going off as I was waiting for the traffic light to change. It felt pretty magical!

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Suffolk Student Maddi Bard is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Mikayla Hopkins

Hometown: Milford, MA

Major/Minor: Accounting major

Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Orientation Leader, Historical Society, Hall Council, Sawyer Business School Honors Program, Tip Tap Toe, Beta Alpha Psi and Study Abroad.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Opera House. They do student rush tickets for $30!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? Boston is full of many fun and wonderful things to explore! You’re never bored here!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Reading about historical events, people and celebrities on Wikipedia and online shopping.

What is your passion? Learning random facts about different people, places and things! If you have a random fact, please share it with me!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Suffolk is full of opportunities and has a lot of resources available to all students! Whether you need help in a class, want to get an internship or want to start your own club, there are always people here to help you.

How has Suffolk surprised you? We really are in the middle of it all! We have the best view for Championship parades, the tree lighting and can get almost anywhere in the city via Park Street and Downtown Crossing stations.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far):  Studying Abroad at our Madrid campus! I got to stay with a host family, improve my Spanish and travel all over Europe. I had such a great and once in a lifetime in experience. I recommend that all students who are interested look into studying abroad!

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Nina Elfakih

Hometown: Haverhill, MA

Major/Minor: Government major and Journalism and Global Business minor

Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador, Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, Program Council, WSFR, Greek Council, CAS Honors Program

Favorite Boston Spot: The Rose Kennedy Greenway! I love grabbing a coffee or a smoothie and getting work done there on nice sunny days!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? The City is bursting with opportunities! Boston is truly a hub of all interests; there is something for everyone here and the city allows you to make your mark in your desired field early on in your college & post-college career.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Disney movies!

What is your passion? Studying and promoting human rights internationally. I aspire to study international law and do human rights as well as refugee work for third-world countries.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? There are so many club and activities to get involved in outside of the classroom. Suffolk has a student organization for almost every interest you could possibly have; and if they don’t, it is so easy to start your own! Suffolk promotes and encourages students to get involved with organizations they are passionate about to make the overall college experience that much more rewarding!

How has Suffolk surprised you? It’s open, welcoming and diverse atmosphere. The Suffolk community has been so warm and accepting from the moment I joined it. Being a Suffolk student truly means you are in the presence of people who care and accept you for who you really are.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Joining one of the sororities on campus! I’ve gotten to meet and become such close friends with some inspiring women as well as give back to the community.

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Nina Elfakih