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.
 

Akbota Yerseit

Hometown: Astana, Kazakhstan
Major/Minor: Finance major
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.

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Alexa LoDuca

Hometown: Salem, NH
Major/Minor: Public Relations major
Class: 2021

Clubs and Organizations: Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Suffolk Study Abroad, Journey Leadership Program member, President of the Suffolk University chapter of the College Diabetes Network, finance committee member.

Favorite Boston Spot: Christopher Columbus Park in the Seaport!

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: That Boston is not as scary as it may seem! When I first got to Suffolk, I was a bit intimidated with the city life, but I quickly learned that in addition to the community built here at Suffolk, Boston is really just a city of local people. There are so many Universities in the area so you will always find young people out and about!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Getting rice noodles and dumplings in Chinatown!

What is your passion?: I have a passion for helping people and living life to the fullest!

What should people know about Suffolk?: The classroom experience here! Every class I have taken I have learned something new and was able to have a relationship with my professor. The content of the classes are always interesting and I am able to apply the skills and knowledge I’ve learned in the internships I have done.

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?: The amount of different opportunities that are offered here! Through Suffolk’s internship platform I was able to earn a position as a public relations intern at a nonprofit in Boston! There are so many resources here to help students with any aspect of college life and students can access them at any time. The staff here have really helped me feel comfortable while in college.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Studying abroad in London, England! It was a great way for me to continue my studies while getting to experience a different culture. I got to visit 6 countries while I was abroad and I loved every minute of it! I definitely recommend every student to experience studying abroad during your college experience!

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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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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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Elizabeth "Bit" Zorzi

Hometown: Springfield, MA
Major/Minor: Global Business and Marketing double major
Class: 2021

Clubs and Organizations: Public Relations Chair for Program Council, Trustee Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office, Family and Logistics Orientation Staff, and member of the Journey Program.

Favorite Boston Spot: The Seaport.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: There is always something going on (usually for free) in the city! A festival in the common or in Copley, a boat race on the Charles, a parade, and so much more. It’s impossible to get bored!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: The spicy snack Takis. I could eat them for eternity.

What is your passion?: Making people laugh, making people comfortable in their surroundings, and drinking lots of good coffee.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk?: Everyone at Suffolk wants you to succeed, and will do everything to help you achieve your best self.

How has Suffolk surprised you?: Suffolk has surprised me by having so many amazing opportunities for me to try out what I’m learning in class, while also making connections with other students.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The highlight of my Suffolk experience was getting to be a Teaching Assistant for a freshman seminar class and working with all of the students as they began their own Suffolk experience.

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Emma Conway

Hometown: Natick, MA
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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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Madison Laudermilk

Hometown: Plympton, MA
Major/Minor: Graphic Design major
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.

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Megan Tozzi

Hometown: Paris, TN
Major/Minor: Interior Design major
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.

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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.

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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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Nicolas Colantonio

Hometown: Everett, MA
Major/Minor: Sociology with a concentration in Crime & Justice and a minor in Law
Class: 2021

Clubs and Organizations: Suffolk University Love Your Melon Campus Crew, Commuter Student Council, College of Arts & Science Honors Program, The Journey Program, Orientation Office Assistant, and Trustee Ambassador.

Favorite Boston Spot: Fenway Park.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: People should know that Boston is a very big sports city, rightfully so with all of the winning that has happened over the years.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Eating a whole family bag of Lays BBQ chips in one sitting.

What is your passion?: Defending Boston as the “City of Champions” and Tom Brady as the “Greatest of All Time”.

What should people know about Suffolk?: People should know that Suffolk is filled with numerous opportunities to get involved and make friends whether it be through clubs, sports, events, community service, work study positions, or study abroad!

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?: The supportive and helpful faculty members that are always willing to assist in order to have the most successful outcome for students.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The highlight of my Suffolk experience so far has been being an Orientation Leader and Orientation Team Leader. It gave me the opportunity to connect with incoming students and make their transition into Suffolk University as welcoming as possible. I met some of my closest friends at Suffolk through the Orientation program.

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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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Sabrina “Sabi” Liu (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Madison, NJ

Major/Minor: Government major with a concentration in Public Policy and Law

Class: 2023

Clubs and Organizations: President of the Queer Student Union, Senator for the class of 2023 in the Student Government Association, Asian American Association, Journey Leadership Program.

Favorite Boston Spot: Chinatown

What’s one thing people should know about Boston? Boston is a city of history, heart, and opportunity! Your experience in this city is what you make of it.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? The Vampire Diaries on Netflix!

What is your passion? My passion lies in social advocacy! I hope to make lasting positive change one day.

What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Your Suffolk experience is not complete without being involved and with so many clubs, this community makes it easy fun!

How has Suffolk surprised you? Suffolk has surprised me in its love for its students. This is a school that truly wishes success upon each and every student and its multitudes of resources are a testament to this!

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Going to the Creating Change Conference with the Center of Student Diversity and Inclusion in Dallas, Texas. I bonded with many Suffolk people as well as made connections with those across the country in a wonderful four-day educational experience.

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Thien Nguyen

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

Clubs and Organizations: Asian American Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Video Gamers Army, College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Trustee Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Favorite Boston Spot: Chinatown. There are a myriad of bubble tea spots and quick, cheap bites just a short walk away from campus.

What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: It’s small on the outside, but massive on the inside… and it only gets more massive once you explore what the city has to offer.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Fried chicken at Bonchon… I could never have too much.

What is your passion?: I enjoy writing about my daily life to recollect memories and explore my personality. I always strive to become a better person each day.

What should people know about Suffolk?: Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to go with your gut. The opportunities are so vast that you might find yourself trying new things you didn’t think you would ever do. Whether you get involved, pursue internships, or interact with classmates, if you want your opportunities enough your efforts to seize them will show.

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?: I came to Suffolk as a transfer student and it was one of the scariest things I experienced. Yet, there were plenty of resources to maximize my college experience that the transition was seamless. From joining new clubs to working with professors, it was rewarding to see how much I have grown since I first stepped foot here.

Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The school events! Suffolk’s clubs host so many engaging events throughout the year that it’s tempting to fit all of them in my schedule.

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