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.

Abby Thornhill

Hometown: Portland, OR
Major/Minor: Major: Biochemistry major & Forensic Science minor
Class: 2023

Clubs and Organizations: Vice President of the Suffolk University Forensic Science Society, Orientation Leader, College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program, Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office

Favorite Boston Spot: Sitting on the ICA steps in Seaport, especially at night with friends!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There are endless opportunities here and college students everywhere. There’s always something to do and people to meet. I’m constantly discovering new places and learning fun, historical facts about Boston every time I go for a walk around the city.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: YouTube drama channel videos about Youtubers I don’t watch

What is your passion?: Helping others and making people laugh

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: I like to say Suffolk is like Cheers; it’s “where everyone knows your name.” In my two years here, I’ve gotten to know the security guards, dining hall staff, and professors on a personal level. I love having the contrast between the big city of Boston and the small, close-knit community here at Suffolk. 

How has Suffolk surprised you?: When people at Suffolk say “the city’s our campus,” they’re not joking. Suffolk is literally in the heart of the city. As a student here, I’m constantly surrounded by culture, art, and history. I lived in Smith Hall my freshman year and walked the Freedom Trail every day to class. I would walk by the State House, the Boston Common, and the Granary Burying Ground every single day. We’re also just a short walk (or T ride) to the Boston Public Gardens, North End, Museum of Fine Art, the Boston Harbor, etc. There’s no college experience like the one here at Suffolk University.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): My favorite part about my time at Suffolk so far has been getting involved on campus! I joined the Forensic Science Society halfway through my sophomore year while doing virtual classes. It very quickly became what I looked forward to most out of my week! I love having a break from classes to just chat with my friends about something we’re all passionate about. I’ve met some of my best friends through getting involved and I cannot recommend it enough!

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Alessandra (Ali) Rera

Hometown: Danville, NH
Major/Minor: Biology major with a concentration in Health and English minor
Class: 2025

Clubs and Organizations: Alternative Spring Break, CAS Honors Program, Pinky Swear Pack, Program Council, RAMP Mentorship Program, Women’s Advocacy Club, Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Boston Common Frog Pond.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? There is so much to see and do, and public transportation makes it super easy to explore the whole city!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Karaoke nights with friends!

What is your passion? Science, especially Biology

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Suffolk is truly in the center of Boston, surrounded by so many cool spots like the Boston Commons, Chinatown and the North End. Suffolk also holds many fun events on campus every week, so there is always something new to do here, whether on or off campus!

How has Suffolk surprised you? There are so many different types of students here at Suffolk, and I was surprised by how quickly I met such a great group of positive and inspiring friends, as well as continuing to meet new people every day!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Making a “Penguin PJs” themed Holiday card with my friends on our floor of Miller Hall!

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Anna Plumb

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Major/Minor: Entrepreneurship Major and Business Law Minor
Class: 2024

Clubs and Organizations: SBS Honors Program, President of Entrepreneurship Club, Off-Campus Chair of Program Council, Member of Photography Club, Career Ambassador for the Suffolk Career Center, Study Abroad, and Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office

Favorite Boston Spot: Fenway Park and Downtown Crossing.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? Boston is a college city! There are so many awesome people to meet at neighboring colleges in Boston.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? True Crime Shows.

What is your passion? Finding the positive in every situation and exploring the world/different cultures.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? There are so many clubs and organizations to be a part of and a great group of student to meet! All my closest friends I met at Suffolk were from clubs or working together on campus. Don’t be afraid to say hi to students and faculty on campus!

How has Suffolk surprised you? Boston really is our campus! Suffolk uses the city of Boston to support their students and explore so many amazing opportunities!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Winning the Audience Choice Award in the Entrepreneurship Department’s Spring 2022 Pitch Competition! 

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Cait VanAuken

Hometown: Annandale, New Jersey
Major/Minor: Marketing
Class: 2026

Clubs and Organizations: Suffolk University Legal Association

Favorite Boston Spot: Dinos in the North End

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Everyone in Boston, LOVES Boston. It’s amazing to be surrounded by people who are so proud of and love their city so much. It makes living here so enjoyable.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. Only the green kind though.

What is your passion?: I love everything in fashion, from design to the business end of it. I really enjoy sewing and making really unique articles of clothing that I know no one else has.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The low student to professor ratio gives Suffolk students an advantage and opportunity to get to know their professors personally and build relationships which gives us students a better Undergrad experience.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: The location of Suffolk makes EVERTHING in Boston so accessible so learning how to get around and exploring the city is so much easier to do while keeping classes a priority.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Meeting some of my best friends and building such a strong bond with them.

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Catherine Madden

Hometown: Milford
Major: Entrepreneurship
Class: 2025

Clubs and Organizations: Women’s Soccer, Women’s indoor track, Women’s outdoor track

Favorite Boston Spot: Long Wharf

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: It’s not as scary as it seems

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Reading romances

What is your passion?: Helping other people and laughing

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The professors are great and the school has a lot to offer

How has Suffolk surprised you?: I thought I would need more time to feel at home, but the people made me feel welcome so much faster.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Playing my sports in college

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Bridget Daggett

Hometown: Andover, MA
Major/Minor: Studio Arts
Class: 2024

Clubs and Organizations: College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program and Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office

Favorite Boston Spot: The Boston Common, MFA, getting boba in Chinatown and the Waterfront!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: You will never be bored, there’s always something going on in Boston AND even going on walks through the Gardens and Common is so amazing and entertaining!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Getting boba in Chinatown, it’s so close and easy to get it every day-can be dangerous for my bank account! But it’s always worth it!

What is your passion?: I love creating art and using it as a way to connect with others. I love to create paintings, paint on clothes, and sketch people! I love using more than just paint too and creating a piece with multiple medias!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The people here want you to succeed. The professors and staff and close friends you’ll make will support you to succeed and do your best. I have been pushed to my best and have discovered skills I didn’t even know I had.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk has helped me find myself and my love for art. I’ve learned in pursuing a career in art to not only discover what I love but find ways to incorporate that in my studies. I’ve also been surprised by how many opportunities I have had, including being able to try so many different clubs and activities.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): A highlight I have had at Suffolk so far definitely has to be when I was able to put my work up in the Art Gallery we have at Suffolk. Having the chance to present my work in a professional setting was something I’ve always wanted to do. My friends and family were so excited and wanted to see the gallery as well, which was an amazing experience.

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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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Chloe Syzc

Hometown: Hatfield, PA
Major/Minor: Major: International Relations
Class: Class of 2024

Clubs and Organizations: First Year Experience Teaching Assistant, Connect the Dots, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Global Gateway Program

Favorite Boston Spot: The dog park in the Boston Common.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: This city is a great size to explore but not too big where you feel lost. The public transit system is so easy to navigate and you can go to completely different areas of the City like Chinatown, the North End, or the Back Bay and never be bored.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: I love reality TV. I know it can be a waste of time, but it always draws me in.

What is your passion?: I love to travel and see the world, and any opportunity I get to do so, I take it!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The location of Suffolk’s campus just can’t be beat! I am right in the middle of the hustle and bustle and there is always something to do either on or off campus!

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Something really great about Suffolk is how willing everyone is to help you find the answers to your questions. I could go to my Resident Assistant or my Teaching Assistant with questions, and if they didn’t know the answer, they would send me to someone that would. I never felt like I had no one to go to for help!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): I was able to go to a Boston Red Sox game with all of my friends for a discounted price thanks to Suffolk. My seat was amazing and they won!

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Elsa Edgar

Hometown: Manchester, NH
Major/Minor: Broadcast journalism and Public Relations Double Major
Class: 2024

Clubs and Organizations: Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Global Gateway, and Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Favorite Boston Spot: Boston Public Garden

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: You can never be bored in this city, there is so much to do and so many opportunities! There is something for everyone!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Watching Keeping up with the Kardashians

What is your passion?: I am not sure yet, still looking for it

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: There is always help around, just ask if you need it! I found out that there was on campus free tutoring, and it has been the best experience for me, I normally go about once a week and everyone there is amazing!

How has Suffolk surprised you?: I wasn’t sure if college was the right fit for me, so when I came to Suffolk, I was skeptical. Turns out, Suffolk is for me! I have loved attending school here and being part of the Suffolk community.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): There are many highlights, too many to list! For sure meeting great lifelong friends. Another would be being able to attend all the Red Sox playoff games!

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Irene Kirabo

Hometown: Lowell, MA
Major/Minor: Major: Law major with a minor in Philosophy
Class: 2025

Clubs and Organizations: Black Student Union, ASA, HAFA, SULA, CAS Honors Program, RAMP, Suffolk Law Scholars Program, Commuters Club, SGA, Asian American Association

Favorite Boston Spot: Downtown

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: It is full of opportunities.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: I do not have one.

What is your passion?: My passion is advocacy and helping those who are in need. I am pursuing a career as a criminal litigator. I want to use my law degree to help African Americans fight the injustices in the American justice system as well as help advocate for those that are not able to advocate for themselves. I want to help people know their rights so one takes advantage of them. Currently, I am working as a Legal Assistant at a law firm where I get to practice my passion.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: There is always a program or someone to assist you with any help you might need. For instance, throughout my education math has never been my strong suit. Nevertheless, I did my best and always got good grades. Here at Suffolk, I did my best in math but I still needed help understanding the information. Therefore, I received free tutoring from my professor and I utilized the free tutoring drop in hours inside the 73 Tremont Building. These free tutoring sessions are hosted by the Center for Learning and Academic Success. They are available by appointments or you can utilize the drop-in hours like me.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Its extensive programs and services. I am not a breakfast person but as someone who commutes from far I rarely have time for breakfast anyway. Despite this, I often need a snack or something to eat before and in between classes. Thus, I have been going to the Coffee Hour hosted by Suffolk’s Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. The coffee hour is basically free breakfast in Sawyer every Thursday morning. They have bagels, coffee, juice, snacks and some candy.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The staff and students are always eager to lend a helping hand. During my first semester at Suffolk, I met Lindsay who is an awesome person that works in the Suffolk Student Involvement Office. She immediately saw me and engaged in a conversation with me. Being new to Suffolk I did not know much about the community and Lindsay made my 18th birthday memorable. She gave me suggestions of great ways to spend it in Boston such as a picnic at the Boston Public Garden, a walk through Boston Common etc. In another instance, Sonia, a reference librarian in the 73 Tremont Sawyer Library has been a great aid to me. Sonia who is now a good friend of mine has helped me with my research projects and informed me of events and opportunities geared towards my passion.

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Jack McDonnell

Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Major/Minor: Criminal Justice Major and Psychology Minor
Class: 2025

Clubs and Organizations: RA for 2022-23 Academic Year, Member of Suffolk Men’s Basketball Team, Trustee Ambassador for Suffolk University Admissions Office

Favorite Boston Spot: Fenway Park and TD Garden. Boston Common and Faneuil Hall on nice weekends and in the evenings. Lopresti Park in East Boston at sunset.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: The city is a playground. Don’t hesitate to explore everything the city has to offer.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Re-watching movies I have already seen before over and over again.

What is your passion?: To help people who are afforded the privilege and opportunity that I am, get equal opportunities and equal liberties.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Suffolk is totally unique from every other school in Boston. The city is your campus. Every dorm is within a 5-minute walk of a T station that can take you anywhere in the city you want to go.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: The involvement and activity of the student body has surprised me most about Suffolk. Given the number of students who do not live on campus, the student body is so involved in a variety of clubs, extracurricular activities and sports throughout the school.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Our home playoff Men’s Basketball game in the CCC tournament this past February. It felt like the entire student body was in attendance and the gym was at full capacity. It was an awesome environment.

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Kat Carlson

Hometown: Hanson, MA
Major/Minor: International Relations
Class: 2024

Clubs and Organizations: President of Alpha Sigma Alpha

Favorite Boston Spot: Charles River Esplanade

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: It’s an amazing city to meet people and network within your field! There are so many opportunities to learn and grow here that you never would have thought of before.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Constantly going to Flour Bakery. They have the best pumpkin spice lattes in Boston and it’s a great place to catch up with friends.

What is your passion?: Meeting/ connecting with new people and helping others.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: It has an amazing on campus community despite being in the heart of the city. You definitely get the best of both worlds.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: I never thought I would go to college so close to home, but all of the opportunities Suffolk has for my career and socially on campus have helped me grow in ways I couldn’t imagine.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Successfully planning events on and off campus for the student body to enjoy + meeting lifelong friends.

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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.

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Kirbie O’Brien

Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Major/Minor: Psychology Major and Biology Minor
Class: 2023

Clubs and Organizations: JumpStart, Theta Phi Alpha, College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program, and Trustee Ambassador for Suffolk University Admissions Office

Favorite Boston Spot: My favorite Boston spot is the North End; I am always down for a late night trip to Bova’s!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Though it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the city is totally walkable (and a beautiful one at that)!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: My biggest guilty pleasure is definitely an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen with the peanut crunch coat.

What is your passion?: My passion is being able to help others find happiness; I usually see this passion come into play when I work with elderly who have been diagnosed with dementia.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Because Suffolk’s campus isn’t a typical campus, it’s super important to join the clubs and community that Suffolk offers! You get out what you put into it!

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk has surprised me in many ways, but I would say the biggest surprise was the opportunities the University offers. Whether someone is interested in theater, politics, community service, or whatever it may be, I feel as though Suffolk has opportunities and connections that help students gain real-life experience that can be extremely helpful in the after-college years.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Studying at Suffolk’s campus in Madrid; it was such an incredible and humbling experience that I don’t believe I would’ve gotten at a different university.

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Liam McManus

Hometown: Cheshire, CT
Major/Minor: Marketing major with a concentration in Sports Marketing
Class: 2024

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Commons or El Jefes Taqueria.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? Boston has so many different things to offer all around the city and even outside of the city. Embrace everything that is unusual while you’re here and don’t be afraid of new experiences.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Shopping either online or in person.

What is your passion? My passions are playing hockey, learning new skills, and music!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Suffolk is such a welcoming school, and you shouldn’t be afraid to do anything here at Suffolk! A lot of the time the person sitting next to you in class might be feeling how you’re feeling! Don’t be afraid to talk to that person and don’t be afraid to explore everything Suffolk has to offer for you!

How has Suffolk surprised you? Coming from a smaller school where the ratio was usually 10 students to 1 professor, I was worried that I’d lose that connection that I had with professors at that school. But I’m happy to say that it surprised me when I saw the professors making a large effort to make sure that connection is there with students.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): All the different programs that the Program Council has put on so far! I was able to meet other transfers and non-transfers while I was there!

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Lily Wilson

Hometown: Westborough, MA
Major/Minor: Undeclared
Class: 2025

Clubs and Organizations: Asian American Association, Teaching Assistant, and Trustee Ambassador for Suffolk University Admissions Office

Favorite Boston Spot: The Boston Commons

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: The city is so windy!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Netflix. I am currently watching House of Cards.

What is your passion?: Spending time with friends & family.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Taking initiative will bring you far and Suffolk will support you along the way.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk’s continuous efforts to ensure and uphold diversity and inclusion in their community has surprised me.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Meeting amazing people through the various clubs and programs Suffolk has.

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Logan Gozzi

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

Clubs and Organizations: President of Ski & Snowboard Club, Events Coordinator for Outing Club, Student Government Association, Suffolk University Legal Association, Bowling Club, Environmental Club, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Favorite Boston Spot: Exploring George’s & Spectacle Islands in Boston Harbor.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? There’s always somewhere new to explore, unique food to try, memories to make, history to learn, and so many opportunities for other new experiences. So, definitely take advantage of everything the city has to offer.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Burrito bowls from Chipotle

What is your passion? My passion is Skiing. I love to ski any chance I get, and I’ve been shredding since I was 7 years old. I raced slalom in high school for 4 years too and used to snowboard too.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? How kind and accepting everyone truly is on campus. Everyone here is very passionate about what they do, and you can tell that just by how happy and driven everyone is. Whether it be students, staff, or faculty we all strive to ensure that everyone feels supported and allow the campus atmosphere to feel like you’re truly a part of our Ramily!

How has Suffolk surprised you? Just how easy it is to build relationships. Since our class sizes are small, all my professors know me by name, and makes you feel like a real student and not just a number. Living on campus in the heart of Downtown Boston my first two years 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): The highlight of my Suffolk experience so far has definitely been starting the Ski & Snowboard Club. Getting this club started and now running it as President has been an extremely rewarding and fun experience! There have been some challenges at times but there are so many resources here at Suffolk to help you out when you need it.

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Martin Wyndham IV

Hometown: Berkley, Massachusetts
Major/Minor: Undergraduate Law
Class: 2025

Clubs and Organizations: College of Arts and Sciences Honors program, Law Scholar, and Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Favorite Boston Spot: The North End, especially Bova’s!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There is so much to do in the city, take advantage of it, explore, and experience as much of it as you can

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Ben and Jerrys ice cream

What is your passion?: Helping lead and mentor others to give back as others have done for me.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: It is a phenomenal school for any program you wish to study in one of the best parts of Boston.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Despite some of my classes being on the larger side (at least for Suffolk classes) my professors still made an effort to get to know me and would go out of their way to assist in any way they could from help with the course to a letter of recommendation.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Being in the heart of Boston surrounded by tons of opportunities and getting to experience the city compared to the town I grew up in.

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Morgan Allison-Brown

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major/Minor: Psychology major and Law minor
Class: 2023

Clubs and Organizations: CHOICES Lab Research Assistant and Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office

Favorite Boston Spot: The Charles River Esplanade

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Boston has a lot to offer and there are so many things to do. From learning about its history, to getting a cannoli in the North End, going to games, and everything in between, there is never a dull moment in this city.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Ice cream!

What is your passion?: Traveling and getting to know people wherever I go.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: There is something for everyone. With so many opportunities and ways to get involved no matter your interests, you will find your place at Suffolk.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Something that surprised me about Suffolk is how easy it is to get to know your professors. The small class sizes make it easy to get to know them but staying after class and attending office hours are also great ways to connect with them.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): A highlight of my experience is being a research assistant for a former professor of mine. This has given me the opportunity to get to know other undergraduates and doctoral students while working on projects that focus on something we are all passionate about.

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Rose Beardmore

Hometown: Lunenburg, Massachusetts
Major/Minor: English Literature and Theatre double major
Class: 2024

Clubs and Organizations: CAS Honors Program, Theatre Department Productions, Study Abroad, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Favorite Boston Spot: Trident Booksellers

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: You can appreciate the city most when you aren’t rushing between classes. Take a walk! Odds are you’ll find your new favorite restaurant or study spot.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: YouTube bookshelf tours.

What is your passion?: Storytelling in all its mediums, both as an audience member and as an artist! I’ve loved literature and theatre for as long as I can remember—stories bring people together.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: There’s a community for everyone here. Suffolk is a diverse community full of passionate students, so there’s a niche for just about every social and academic interest!

How has Suffolk surprised you?: As a transfer, I was terrified of feeling isolated at a new school but Suffolk has been nothing but welcoming. Boston feels like home and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Playing the titular role in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline at Downtown Crossing. The Theatre Department built the stage right on top of the subway station, and we got to perform in the open air! It was incredible.

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Quang Nghiem

Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam
Major/Minor: Entrepreneurship major and Real Estate minor
Class: 2023

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Favorite Boston Spot: Newbury Street and Prudential Center

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Riding the T is actually faster than taking a cab!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Constantly scrolling Instagram reels late at night.

What is your passion?: I want to be able to learn new things and knowledge from others around me. The world is a huge place, you are never too young or old to learn new skills.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The people around us are very friendly, try to ask them a few things and be open-minded. You won’t know what’s around the corner until you walk there!

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Coming from a different continent thousands of miles away I thought adapting to a new culture was going to be a problem for me. But, the truth was everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I consider Suffolk to be my 2nd home. I’ve built up so many relationships in my time at Suffolk and I consider them to be priceless.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Became besties with my freshman roommate, made new connections and achieving Dean’s List.

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Reegan O’Brien

Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Major/Minor: Major: Political Science Major
Class: 2024

Clubs and Organizations: Suffolk Votes Ambassador, Trustee Ambassador for the
Undergraduate Admissions Office, CAS Honors Program, CAS Honors Ambassador, Suffolk University Legal Association, Theta Phi Alpha sorority, Rammython

Favorite Boston Spot: Boston Public Garden

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: You will be doing a lot of walking! One of the great things about Boston is how walkable it is, though you will definitely need a good pair of sneakers to get across the city.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Unnecessary Target trips

What is your passion?: Finding the good in all situations.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Suffolk’s professors are so passionate about helping students, both academically and personally. I have been able to build relationships with many of my professors due to the small class sizes at Suffolk, which have extended outside of class into meetings during office hours, chats in elevators, and countless emails late at night.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: I thought that it would be difficult to get involved on campus and meet new people because Suffolk doesn’t have a defined campus, but I have found just the opposite. Even as a transfer student, I have been able to get involved in countless organizations across campus, where I have been able to meet so many people. Additionally, Suffolk’s activities period on Tuesdays and Thursdays makes it very easy for all students to get involved, whether they are a residential student or not.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Working with the team of Suffolk Votes Ambassadors to help Suffolk students register to vote! In the Fall 2022 semester, we reached over 1000 students through classroom visits, in which we emphasized the importance of voting, answered students’ questions, and helped them through the process of registering to vote.

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Reegan O'Brien

Syeda Anas

Hometown: Madison, New Jersey
Major/Minor: Major: Law
Class: 2026

Clubs and Organizations: General Member of the Suffolk UNICEF Chapter

Favorite Boston Spot: Getting coffee on Newbury Street, and visiting the Seaport District

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: The city is so rich in culture, diversity and opportunity. By living in the heart of the city, you are exposed to so many different people and places that can impact the way you perceive your education and can really influence your passions and aspirations.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Loving being from New Jersey and making sure everyone around me knows it is the best state!

What is your passion?: Immigrant validation. I want to help other international and immigrant students see that there is a true success in higher education for them if they are provided the right resources. Breaking the stigma and struggles of these students is my passion and I start that by helping prospective Suffolk students!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: That the city is truly “your campus” that phrase can often be misleading but that is not the case with Suffolk. By living in the heart of downtown you are exposed to so much more beyond classes. The rich culture can help you get involved in many off-campus enrichment activities and that is so unique to a city school like Suffolk.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: How the community is so welcoming. There is a common misconception that a city school don’t have much of a community but Suffolk’s student body is so engaging and welcoming. The essence of community is a very part of what makes Suffolk, Suffolk.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Sitting in the Smith Hall Common Space during finals week and sharing my ethnic Indian food with my floor mates!

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Syeda Anas

Taleiyah Walker

Hometown: Boston, MA
Major/Minor: Major: Radiation Therapy/ Criminal Justice
Class: 2026

Clubs and Organizations: Head planner of African Diaspora, BSU Black Student Union & CSN Caribbean Student Union

Favorite Boston Spot: Copley

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Boston is an amazing place to explore and go on adventures, experience new things. Boston has amazing places to get food. I’m constantly discovering new places, new foods. Most importantly Boston is a place where opportunities are always on a rise.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Always shopping at Copley place.

What is your passion?: I love to travel and take pictures. It helps me to be able to see my life through a lens.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: There are so many ways to get involved even if you are a commuter student from Clubs and events. Suffolk gives you room to explore the unknown and truly help you find the passions that you may have never known that you had. Also there is so much room and opportunities to network with your peers and other professionals that may be in the same field that you’re interested in.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: The amount of opportunity to travel around the world and study abroad even throughout the entire 4 years. What captured my attention the most was how engaging the campus is, the atmosphere of being able to connect inside an academic setting and also outside of it you meet different types of people and it brings us all closer together.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Being able to take on huge roles like leading and planning a Fashion Show, while only being a freshman here at Suffolk.

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Taleiyah Walker