Meet Our Students

Let's look at what some Suffolk University students have to say about how they like going to school here and what they like doing around the city of Boston. Find these people on campus—they'd love to say hello!
 

Adriano Pucci

Hometown: Melrose, MA
Major/Minor: Government major with a concentration in American Politics and Environmental Studies minor
Class: 2021

Clubs and Organizations: President of the Environmental Club, Student Member of the Sustainability Committee, Trustee Ambassador, Model UN Member, Member of the Honors Program, and Government Department Teaching Assistant.

Favorite Boston Spot: The non-tourist trap gems in the North End, by far.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: As small as the city looks on a map, there are so many areas left relatively unexplored!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: A falafel platter from The Halal Guys and 2010 Kesha music.

What is your passion?: My passion is being able to bridge the gap of compromise in every situation in order to make a meaningful impact on those who need it most. At Suffolk, I’m able to practice this mantra in almost every class with other passionate students who share similar goals as I do, and it’s amazing.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: I think everyone should know that Suffolk goes above and beyond to make sure you never, in any situation, feel alone.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk has surprised me with the sheer amount of incredible opportunities available if you really search for them — from being able to go on an Alternative Spring Break service trip to Indiana to doing an internship abroad, there’s nothing here you can’t do if you put your mind to it.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The highlight of my Suffolk experience thus far has been being able to both study and intern abroad within a Member of Parliament’s office in London. I have always dreamed of visiting England, and I couldn’t think of a better way of accomplishing this dream.

Akbota Yerseit

Hometown: Dubai, UAE
Major/Minor: Finance
Class: 2021

Clubs and Organizations: Center for Learning and Academic Success, Center For Community Engagement, Suffolk Investing Club, Sawyer Business School Honors Program, Suffolk Outdoors Club, Orientation and New Student Programs Office.

Favorite Boston Spot: Museum of Fine Arts.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Boston is the perfect place for college students because of the diversity it has, numerous events in the city are easy to find, and ability to meet people based on your interests and hobbies.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Eating chocolate and watching La Casa de Papel!

What is your passion?: Learning about cultures from around the world and learning and practicing new languages for fun.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: One thing people should know about Suffolk is how easy it is to make friends and to build genuine relationships, whether it is in a classroom, at an organization, or on campus in general.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk has been a very nurturing place by having supportive and inspiring faculty and a friendly community to inspire students to become better versions of themselves.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Peer tutoring at the Center for Learning and Academic Success because I made many friends and learned how to explain rigorous content in a compelling manner.

Breanna Winshman

Hometown: Hopkinton MA 
Major/Minor: Management major and Public Relations minor 
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador, Events Coordinator of Pasion Latina, Home Away From Home, Honors Program through Sawyer Business School.

Favorite Boston Spot: Charles River Esplanade

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There’s history around every corner, and coffee- a lot of coffee.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches at midnight.

What is your passion?: Latin dancing and cooking.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: There is always free food somewhere on campus, you just need to find it.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk has surprised me by creating such a strong community within a city school where every student can find their group and interest with ease.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The Global Gateway program that took a group of students, including myself, to Spain for a week filled with constant adventures.

Brian Hatch

Hometown: Westbrook, Connecticut
Major/Minor: Government major with a concentration in Law and Public Policy and Public Relations minor
Class: 2020

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Commuter Student Council Vice President, Program Council Committee Member, Government Department Office Assistant, and member of the Journey Program.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Charles River Esplanade.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Capitol Coffee House, which is right around the corner from our Sawyer building, makes the best breakfast downtown!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Going to Bova’s Bakery in the North End and eating probably too many desserts.

What is your passion?: Bringing humor and lightheartedness into tough or difficult situations. Whenever faced with an obstacle, I immediately think of how to lighten the air and create a positive environment for those around me.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The opportunities to get involved here at Suffolk are endless! Through leadership opportunities on campus and a strong foundation of academics, Suffolk students are pushed to become the best versions of themselves. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of all of the fun & enriching programs that different clubs and organizations offer!

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk has given me countless opportunities to grow and challenge myself, right in the heart of downtown Boston. When visiting Suffolk’s campus for the first time three years ago, I would’ve never imagined all of the memories and experiences I would gain in my first two years at Suffolk.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far):  Traveling to Barbados in the spring of 2018 through the Journey Program!

Suffolk Student Brian Hatch is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Caroline Milligan

Hometown: Haverhill, MA
Major/Minor: Government major with a concentration in public policy & law, and psychology minor
Class: 2020

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission, College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, and Model United Nations

Favorite Boston Spot: Abigail’s Tea Room in the Seaport

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Learning about the T feels a lot more complicated than it is. I promise it will take you about one week to figure it out!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: My biggest guilty pleasure is Café Podima on Cambridge Street. They have the best pizza and milkshakes in the world!

What is your passion?: One of my biggest passions is politics and debate, which I get to practice every week in my classes and in Model UN! The programs and clubs here at Suffolk give you the opportunity to pursue what you’re passionate about!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Get involved!!! I have made some of my closest friends and best memories by joining my clubs and becoming a trustee ambassador. Getting involved will help you make the most of your Suffolk experience!

How has Suffolk surprised you?: The small class sizes at Suffolk definitely surprised me in the best way. Having small classes of about 20 people on average has been amazing because it has helped me get to know my fellow students and my professors very well, which helps to develop a sense of community at the school.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The city is truly our campus, and my friends and I always take advantage of it! Having the opportunity to explore the city and find new spots to hang out has been my favorite part of my Suffolk experience!

Suffolk Student Caroline Milligan is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Cat Seaver

Hometown: Taunton, MA
Major/Minor: Government major with a concentration in Public Policy & Law, and Entrepreneurship minor
Class: 2020

Clubs and Organizations: Student Government Association, Alternative Spring Break, Honors Program, Trustee Ambassador.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Boston Garden in my favorite spot in Boston; no matter what time of the year it is I love to walk around and take in my surroundings.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: It is an amazing city that I feel so lucky to live in, take time to explore and discover; there is always something new.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Spending a few hours in the North End indulging in arancinis and cannolis.

What is your passion?:  Travel, whether it is within the U.S. or somewhere around the world I love exploring new places and learning about different cultures.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Suffolk has an amazing community that is full of potential friendships and opportunities. If you take the time to get involved it will be worth it.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: The time and dedication that the professors put in for all of their students. With our small class sizes they are able to focus on everyone, rather than just a few.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Having the opportunity to study abroad in Belgium where I was able to take courses as well as intern at the European Parliament.

Suffolk Student Cat Seaver is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Christina Rayball

Hometown: Chelmsford, MA
Major/Minor: Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Justice and Psychology double major
Class: 2020

Clubs and Organizations: Program Council, The Suffolk Voice, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission

Favorite Boston Spot: Fan Pier.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: You can walk to everything and there is always a new spot to explore!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Watching Disney movies while eating a pint of Ben and Jerry's.

What is your passion?: I am very passionate about helping people and coffee (definitely coffee).

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: There is always going to be someone new to meet and there is always going to be a new opportunity.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: By being a school with a huge community feel. At Suffolk, no matter what you are involved in or not involved in, there is always somewhere you belong and always someone rooting for you.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Definitely all of the amazing things I have gotten to experience while being here. From traveling while studying abroad to the opportunities that have been presented to me. There is always a new experience right around the corner and that is what I love about Suffolk.

Suffolk Student Christina Rayball is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Clara Gay

Hometown: Medway, MA
Major/Minor: Psychology
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.

Emma Conway

Hometown: Natick, Mass.
Major/Minor: Law major and Public Relations minor
Class: 2021

Favorite Boston Spot: The Esplanade! It is perfect for any occasion: running, studying, relaxing, or spending time with friends. I recommend grabbing a coffee from The Thinking Cup or Tatte on the way from campus.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: All around the city throughout the year there are fun events and expos to attend. Just search for things to do in Boston and you will never be bored! The city is the perfect size to walk around and Suffolk’s location makes everything easily accessible.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Going to free trials for gyms/workouts knowing that I am not going to sign up for a membership.

What is your passion?: Improving the quality of life and education for children. I aspire to work for the Department of Education one day.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Suffolk has a campus in Madrid, Spain! I highly recommend asking someone/your advisor about going.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Even though our campus is not traditional, you can still find a community-feel if you want. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and attend meetings or info sessions for different clubs or groups. Suffolk offers a large variety of clubs for everyone. I have been able to find my Ramily through Jumpstart, Suffolk Madrid Campus Student Council, and the Trustee Ambassador program.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): I had the lucky opportunity to spend my second year at Suffolk University’s campus in Madrid, Spain. It really is a once in a lifetime chance that no one should pass down if they can go. Being away for a year in a new country I was encouraged to speak a different language, follow a new daily schedule, and experience a culture unfamiliar to my own which made me grow in more ways than one.

Hannah Arroyo

Hometown: Northwood, NH
Major/Minor: Broadcast Journalism major and Public Relations minor
Class: 2020

Clubs and Organizations: The Suffolk Journal, Suffolk Free Radio, Residence Life and Housing, and Studio 73.

Favorite Boston Spot: Fenway Park

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Our sports teams are truly the best.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Ordering food on Grubhub.

What is your passion?: Journalism, community service, photography and sports.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Suffolk helps students learn through courses but also expands their skills outside of the classroom.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: By showing me I have so many layers deep down. I feel that my college experience has shaped me into a person that I am truly proud of.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Taking an ASB trip to Clarkseville, Georgia. I spent the week with Habitat for Humanity and helped build a whole floor of a house with an amazing group of Suffolk students. This is something I recommend to EVERY Suffolk student.

Suffolk Student Hannah Arroyo is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Hoaka Hashimoto

Hometown: Windermere, FL
Major/Minor: Economics
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.

Julia Demopoulos

Hometown: Dracut, MA
Major/Minor: Print Journalism Major with Public Relations Minor
Class: 2020

Clubs and Organizations: Her Campus Suffolk, Program Council, Suffolk Free Radio, The Journey Leadership Program, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission

Favorite Boston Spot: Bova’s Bakery in the North End

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There is always an adventure waiting in Boston. You will never run out of new places to explore and see!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Reality TV! The Bachelorette, The Kardashians, and Jersey Shore are my favorites! And Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, of course.

What is your passion?: Writing and using my words to make a positive impact on people!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The city of Boston is our campus! Don’t be afraid to seek out all the amazing opportunities that surround you.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: I always imagined I’d feel lost in such a big city, but Suffolk has such an amazing, caring community. We truly are a Ramily!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Making new friends, seeking new and exciting opportunities, and exploring the beautiful city of Boston every chance I get!

Suffolk Student Julia Demopoulos is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

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.

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

Laura Velez

Hometown: Fairfield County, CT
Major/Minor: Finance major and Business Law minor
Class: 2022

Clubs and Organizations: Investment Club, Student Government Association

Favorite Boston Spot: Wherever I’m surrounded by friends.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Always carry a windbreaker.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Breaking out in dance in the middle of my workout.

What is your passion?: Law studies and finding more sustainable ways to help protect the environment.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: At Suffolk you have time to be an exceptional student and still have the time of your life with your friends.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Much like Boston, it feels big at first but once you are here for a while, you realize it provides you with a small family.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): My trip to Madrid with the Global Gateway program.

Lukas Phipps

Hometown: Newburyport, MA
Major/Minor: Government major with a dual concentration in American Politics and Public Policy & Law
Class: 2021

Clubs and Organizations: Elected Commuter Senator-at-Large of the Student Government, General Member of the Suffolk Model United Nations, College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Favorite Boston Spot: Faneuil hall, especially at night!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Don’t forget to check out the museums and historical sites! The Freedom Trail cuts through Suffolk University and Suffolk Students get free Admission into the Museum of Fine Arts, so be ready and willing to explore the city!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Mint-chocolate chip milkshakes at Mooyahs, with or without my friends there with me.

What is your passion?: Politics and the pursuit of making a difference in my community for the better!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: How loving and dedicated the community is. There is a club and activity for just about everything and getting involved in any of them makes you a part of an ever-growing family.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk has been very focused and flexible with outside learning opportunities that make their way into the classroom. The amount of activities and events centered on applicable skills in the real-world has made it stand out in preparing me for my career.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Getting nominated for a Student Government Leadership Award the night before my 21st birthday! It is a wonderful place to see the good friends that I’ve made and the selfless efforts of those that continue to make Suffolk a happy place!

Ma'chel Martin

Hometown: Chelsea, Massachusetts
Major/Minor: Theatre Major
Class: 2020

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Performing Arts Office

Favorite Boston Spot: Improv Asylum in the North End!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There are so many hubs and places to be. Don’t be shy, the city is amazing!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: I love to watch dog videos on twitter while eating Ritz Crackers and Nutella.

What is your passion?: I want everyone to discover themselves. I want people to be aware of their identity and to feel proud of who they are, and to embrace their strengths and flaws. One of the ways I go about this is with theatre, whether it’s performing, directing, or playwriting!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The resources here are amazing! From the location to the aides provided, you will fall in love with the departments and offices.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: All of the student orientated events, programs, and work here is astounding!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Being able to wear a helmet, cape, and sock puppet while acting like a 12-year-old child in the Performing Arts Office’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Suffolk Student Ma'chel Martin is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Madison Laudermilk

Hometown: Plympton, MA
Major/Minor: Graphic Design
Class: 2021

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission, South Shore Women’s Field Hockey League (not Suffolk affiliated)

Favorite Boston Spot: Charles River Esplanade

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: Boston is a perfect sized city. Small enough to walk around but big enough to never be bored!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Binge watching The Office (over, and over, and over)

What is your passion?: My passion is design!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Suffolk sees students beyond their education. They take an interest in what students like to do as a person outside of the classroom. From their support for the LGBTQIA community, to their pride in Boston sports. Suffolk is always there to show you what Boston is like beyond Suffolk’s campus, including discounted tickets to shows and events. Suffolk is unique in that it offers a diverse support in student interests.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Having a campus that is in downtown Boston doesn’t make Suffolk any less of a community than a closed campus school. Walking through the Boston Common to class, you see Suffolk students left and right and you start to recognize faces. You never feel lost walking to class because the Suffolk community is always surrounding you.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): My highlight here at Suffolk has definitely been the relationships I’ve developed. I’ve become friends with students, RA’s, and even professors. My wide array of connects has made me feel welcomed at Suffolk and proud to be a part of the school community.

Suffolk Student Madison Laudermilk is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Megan Tozzi

Hometown: Paris, TN
Major/Minor: Interior Design
Class: 2021

Clubs and Organizations: Journey Leadership Program, Alternative Spring Break, Family and Logistical Orientation Leader, Residence Life and Housing Office Assistant, Trustee Ambassador, Global Gateway Program.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Esplanade.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: The T is not nearly as scary as it appears to be. After you ride it a few times, you’ll get the hang of it!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Definitely getting bubble tea from Tea-Do in Chinatown.

What is your passion?: I’m passionate about making people happy. Whether that is through design, offering a compliment, or even just talking to them. Life can be hard sometimes, so spreading kindness can sometimes mean more than you know!

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: There truly is an opportunity for everyone to find a place here and to make Suffolk their home. Your choice in coming to Suffolk is a good one!

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Since Suffolk is located right in the middle of Boston, I wasn’t expecting a strong sense of community, but I was so wrong! It’s so easy to get involved and make the community you envision for yourself, and because of that no matter where I go, I run into my peers or professors.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Traveling to Madrid, Spain with the Global Gateway Program! It was amazing to not only see all of the different landmarks, but our Suffolk Madrid campus as well.

Suffolk Student Megan Tozzi is a Trustee Ambassador for the Welcome Center

Michael Lee

Hometown: Monson, MA
Major/Minor: Accounting major and Big Data & Business Analytics minor
Class: 2021

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Sawyer Business School Honors Program, Beta Alpha Psi Theta Delta Chapter, Suffolk University Free Tax Clinic Volunteer Tax Preparer.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Boston Public Library and the coffee shops across the street.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: The South Street Diner is open 24/7. That means strawberry waffles at all hours of the day and night.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Starting new hobbies that never last.

What is your passion?: Finding broken things to fix them and find out how they work.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: The professors here will do anything they can to help you. If you have a problem or need advice, they are willing to give you the resources you need to succeed in school and beyond.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: There is something for everyone at Suffolk. Any interest, hobby, or area of study is available. All you have to do is ask, and somebody will help you find what you want.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The highlight of my Suffolk experience has been the city of Boston. The city offers opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else. From social events, shops, and employment opportunities, there is always something to do within walking distance. Coming from a small town on the other side of the state, I had only been to the city three times before I enrolled at Suffolk. There has never been a day that I have regretted my decision.