Name: Stephanie Morin
Hometown: Monson, Massachusetts
Major: Interior Design
On-campus activities: Interior Design Club, S.O.U.L.S.
Off-campus activities: I do a lot of volunteering off-campus, in Boston mostly charity walks/runs, and when I am home I sometimes work with Habitat for Humanity, and right now while I'm abroad I am volunteering at the first Community Garden in Florence, Italy.
Favorite Boston spot: Charles River. It is the most beautiful place, on the cusp of the city and nature, which makes it an escape for me.
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? There is something in Boston that is to everyone's liking - you just have to get out there and find it.
What song are you listening to the most right now? I am mostly listening to whole albums - Natives by One Republic & Prism by Katy Perry
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Sweets, tea, and The Bachelorette.
What is your passion? I love design (all design) and I love nature, and I think my ultimate goal in life is to combine them to generate a happy community.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? If you're looking to push yourself out of your comfort
zone - come to Suffolk.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? Suffolk was a surprise in general
for me. I was used to a small town where everyone knows everyone else. I became almost too comfortable with where I was. Moving to Boston and going to Suffolk made me proactive in a new environment.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Second semester of sophomore year - I had great company, great adventures, great classes, great professors, and I gained a lot of confidence in myself and my work.
Hometown: Southwick, Massachusetts
Clubs: Dance Company, The Journey Program
Off-campus experiences: Jumpstart, Tenacity—Summer Tennis and Reading Camp, Babysitting, Hostess at Artu, and I volunteer with the Center for Community Engagement
Favorite Boston spot: Boston Harbor
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? There are so many places to explore—don't forget about Cambridge and Somerville, too!
What song are you listening to the most right now? I usually just put Pandora on 90's Pop or Adele Radio....but I have recently been watching "How I Met Your Mother" and "Modern Family," they are both hysterical!
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Chocolate...and donuts...or desserts of any kind!
What is your passion? Education. I have always wanted to be a teacher! Since coming to Suffolk, my eyes have been opened to different issues facing urban education. This has really driven my passion of education and my belief that that every child deserves an equitable opportunity to quality education. That is what I plan to dedicate my life/career to.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Everyone is here to help you, you just need to take the first step and reach out!
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? I think people assume since we are in a city and not a campus, we are not a community. But that could not be further from the truth! I have been really impressed with how involved the professors, administrators, staff members, and students are! There really is something here for everyone! There are always tons of events going on, free food everywhere, and someone who is there to help you with anything you may need. Whether it be managing your time better, practicing for a job interview, or just venting about things that are going on! I feel like I have so many people here to help me not only to succeed, but to have a lot of fun and grow in the process.
Name: Tyler Burke
Hometown: Dracut, Massachusetts
Clubs: Alternative Spring Break leader, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Spanish Club, Suffolk Journal
Off-campus experiences: Summer intern at KPMG, barista at Starbucks, volunteer for Jumpstart
Favorite Boston spot: the Esplanade, it's the perfect place to run year-round
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? Boston is the most walkable and explorable city in the U.S. Also, because it's filled with college students, it's also incredibly youthful and diverse while it maintains its historical culture.
What song are you listening to the most right now? "Rome" by Phoenix
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Coffee!
What is your passion? My passion is running, and my goal is to run the Boston Marathon.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Suffolk offers students the incredible opportunity to go abroad throughout their academic career. We have programs in 25 countries, and because of that 40 percent of Suffolk students travel abroad in their time here.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? The amount of involvement at Suffolk is incredible. Because Suffolk students live all over Boston, the University sets aside specific time on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week in which no classes take place. This allows us have the time to participate as much as we'd like.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Studying abroad at Suffolk Madrid was a life-changing experience. In Madrid, I lived with a host family that doesn't speak English. This allowed me to advance my Spanish skills to a whole new level. I would not be the person I am today without this worldly exposure I had while living in another country.
Name: Ashley Cullinane
Hometown: Braintree, Massachusetts
Major/minor: Broadcast Journalism/English literature
Clubs: Suffolk Voice, studio assistant for Bruins Daily TV, honors program and Rampage Show Choir (my first two years)
Off-campus experiences: Whether interning in a newsroom or working jobs at home, I am constantly running around. I'm pursuing internships in Boston, South Korea, and Washington, D.C. for the spring, summer, and fall semesters.
Favorite Boston spot: The Public Garden
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? The city has an incredible arts culture. The student discounts are fantastic. Also, the North End is a 10-minute walk away from campus... ITALIAN FOOD!
What song are you listening to the most right now? I listen to "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" everyday on my morning commute and daydream. Growing up with my grandparents definitely influenced me. I will always love that song, and any golden oldies.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Television. I invest my life in television characters.
What is your passion? I love writing and reading. After spending so much time learning news producing and reporting, it's nice to relax to some nonfiction or write an article about my favorite TV show.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? The faculty will help you through your college career more than you can imagine. Whether it be internship recommendations or full-time job connections, they want you to be passionate about what you are learning and will guide you through some very important years.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? The community within Suffolk has proved much stronger and more involved than I had expected, it being within a large city; it's your own urban campus. I have met so many people from all walks of life with similar interests to mine.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): I worked as a student reporter for NECN, going live with the Morning Show anchors in a segment called "Suffolk in the City" that I would produce and edit myself every week. The experience is going to help me exponentially when applying to jobs my senior year and made me much more comfortable in front of the camera and working with producers.
Name: Emily Fontaine
Hometown: Paxton, Massachusetts
Major: Political science and Economics (double major)
Clubs: Theta Phi Alpha sorority, Honors Program Mentor
Off-campus experiences: Volunteer tutor at Jewish Vocational Services
Favorite Boston spot: Esplanade
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? There are endless opportunities for all students to become involved in the community and explore new things; Boston is what you make of it.
What song are you listening to the most right now? Anything from Miley Cyrus’ new album or "Royals" by Lorde
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Any of the "Real Housewives" TV shows
What is your passion? I don’t really have a specific passion, but striving to be successful and involved in the community have always been goals for me in whichever career path I choose.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? The location is exceptional; Boston is truly your campus. Even though we don’t have a stereotypical “campus,” the city itself provides so much entertainment and opportunities to all Suffolk students.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? The willingness of professors to work with students and establish meaningful connections is outstanding. I did not expect to have this much support from faculty; it is something that makes Suffolk very unique from other universities.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): I have had different experiences that have all been highlights. Being involved on campus, and making new groups of friends have been essential parts of my experience at Suffolk.
Name: Mikayla Geraci
Hometown: Morrisville, Vermont
Major/minor: Government/Environmental Studies
Clubs: SU Legal Association
Off-campus experiences: intern at Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Favorite Boston spot: the Esplanade
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? You can choose for it to be as expensive or as cheap as you want.
What song are you listening to the most right now? "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Reese’s PB cups!
What is your passion? Gettin’ down in the dirt in the great outdoors and going for long runs
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk: The city of Boston is your campus
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? Suffolk has surprised me by how friendly and supportive most of my professors have been throughout my four years here. I expected to not get to know most of them as personally because it was college, but I was wrong!
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Every year has been different for me. Sophomore year I was an RA and a highlight of that experience was meeting a lot of people I would have never met. Junior year I went abroad to Costa Rica, and there isn’t much that can top that! One highlight that is consistent is all the doors that open for me with each semester—opportunity is always lurking!
Name: Nicholas Haddad
Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts
On-campus activities: Trustee Ambassador
Off-campus activities: In addition to my work in Undergraduate Admissions, I also am a full-time employee at one of the top-rated Italian restaurants in Boston, Ristorante Saraceno, and also work to represent my neighborhood in various North End service projects and community service events.
Favorite Boston Spot: A toss-up between both Fenway Park and the TD Garden. I am a huge Boston sports fanatic, and any chance I find to attend either a Sox game or a Celtics or Bruins game at one of these venues is the ultimate in relaxation, and a great chance to take a break from my rigorous class and work schedule.
What's one thing people should know about Boston? This city is full of great discovery, great potential, and most of all great adventure. Which other city can you think of where not only are important and influential historical landmarks littered throughout, but also provides people with the chance to experience the best in entertainment, nightlife, and greatest potential for anyone to really make their mark on Boston society. Living in Boston for the past three years has been one of the greatest experiences of my life so far, and has helped me grow into the focused and dedicated student that I am today!
What song(s) are you listening to the most right now? Anything from the new Drake CD. My roommate is a huge Drake fan and has played the songs around our apartment that I have had no choice but to play every song on repeat from my iPod now too.
What's your biggest guilty pleasure? My comic book collection. My passion for comic book collecting started when I was around six or seven years old and has not stopped since. Whenever I have the chance to pick up a fresh comic book, both old and new and preferably featuring Batman, I’m like a little kid in a candy store. Now that I have moved away from home, and do not have the chance to go back and spend as much time as I would like, I can always count on my family to send me a new and interesting comic that I can add to my collection.
What is your passion? My love for Boston sports. Rarely does a day go by where I am not wearing an article of clothing that somehow involves either the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, or Bruins. I just cannot get enough sports in my life, and having the chance to live and study so close to the each one of these team’s stadiums and arenas is one of the major reasons why I chose to attend Suffolk University.
What's one thing people should know about Suffolk? While our campus may seem too spread out, or too large, in realty we have one of the most tight-knit communities in the city. Ranging from our various service trips and community outreach programs, to special on-campus events and fundraisers, Suffolk University really lends a helpful hand to the community, and in doing so really works to bring both students and professors together and uniting them toward a common goal.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? The way in which professors are able to interact with their students, and provide great help and insight to their students both in and out of the classroom. Heading into college, and coming from a high school containing a very small amount of students, I expected class sizes to be too large and interacting and extra-help with professors to be nearly impossible to find. However that has not been the case at all, and I am happy to say that I have found great success so far in my time at Suffolk based upon the fact that I have had the opportunity to find guidance and solutions to my problems from my professors.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The first day of classes my freshman year when I was really able to explore the campus, meet many new people (many of whom I am still friends with today), and just being able to take in the beautiful sights and sounds that Boston has to offer. I will never forget how great my first day at Suffolk truly was, and allowed me to feel confident that I made the right choice in coming to Suffolk University.
Name: Dennis Harkins
Hometown: North Easton, Massachusetts
Major: Marketing and Management (double major)
Clubs: Sawyer Business School Honors Advisory Council, Center for Community Engagement, Class Senator
Off-campus activities: Board of Directors at School on Wheels of Massachusetts, race director Outrunning Homelessness, fitness trainer at Old Colony YMCA
Favorite Boston spot: The Waterfront
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? Sports are everything.
What song are you listening to the most right now? Anything from The Black Keys or Macklemore.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Sleeping in.
What is your passion? Community service and helping people.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Boston is truly your campus and the possibilities are endless.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How great the personal attention you receive is from your professors, mentors, and colleagues.
How is it different than you expected? You live your life and learn independently, and your peers truly help you prepare for the “real world.”
Highlight of your Suffolk experience? Participating and leading a group of students to Meridian, Mississippi, for the last two spring breaks to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Major/minor: Fine arts/Philosophy
Clubs: President, Suffolk Vegetarian Society
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? There are so many people here from all over that you have a great atmosphere for new ideas and creative thinking. There is also a growing D.I.Y scene that can help you learn how to do all sorts of things like making your own zine, building your own bike, to resources that are at your disposal in a time of need.
What song are you listening to the most right now? “Fight/Die” by Terminal Crisis, a local vegan straight edge band, followed very closely by “Dysphoria” by GROKE, a band from Providence.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Living so close to FoMu, the vegan ice cream place in Allston, it gives me little to no reason not to go there constantly for their delicious desserts.
What is your passion? Provoking thought. My art and activism are always aimed at starting a conversation with people about things they’d rather not pay attention to or acknowledge. I personally am tired of taking so I want to give back and try to make a change in this messed up world.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? The professors here are awesome. Every class I have taken so far has been a lot of fun and the professors have definitely pushed me to get as much out of the class as possible.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? If my 18-year-old self bumped into me now, I’m not sure if he would believe some of the things that would happen to them or things he would find out about himself. I can honestly say that my life has changed in so many ways since coming here that I could have never imagined and it has really helped me better understand not only myself but the world around me.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The highlight of my experience would probably be my patches that I have been selling. In particular my “Fight Back End Rape Culture” patch has gotten very popular. Getting the opportunity to sell them at Smash It Dead Fest, a weekend long show that was a benefit for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, really started my involvement with the scene here in Boston and was when I met a lot of my close friends. Making that patches has allowed me to meet people from all over that believe this message is an incredibly important one that needs to be spread.
Name: Malorie Kranis
Hometown: Salt Point, New York
Major/minor: Communication Studies/Marketing
Clubs/activities: Resident Assistant, Conference Assistant, Alternative Spring Break Group Leader, and Vice President of the Residence Hall Association.
Off-campus activities: Communications and External Relations Intern at The Davis Center at Harvard University
Favorite Boston spot: The Boston Public Library, I became a member this summer and spent a lot of free time there. It's a great place to go and get away for a bit.
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? Boston is a city that you can't help but fall in love with. Since I moved here my freshman year at Suffolk I have lived in Boston full-time. Boston is a melting pot for all different types of people from all over the world, which is why I love it so much. There is no place I would rather be.
What song are you listening to the most right now? "Grown Woman" by Beyonce, I am a little bit obsessed. If I could trade places with anyone on the planet it would be Beyonce.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? A good musical. "Mamma Mia", "West Side Story", "Hairspray"—you name it, I probably own it on DVD.
What is your passion? Traveling is definitely one of my passions. I did a summer semester in Prague and it was an incredible experience. There are so many more places I want to see!
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Suffolk is what you make it, go get involved and you'll have a great college experience.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? I never expected to meet all the different people that I have at Suffolk. My best friend and roommate is from the Philippines, we grew up on opposite sides of the world and both ended up here. Our student population is so diverse in every aspect of the word. I have met people here that I don't think I would have met anywhere else.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): The highlight has definitely been working at Undergraduate Admissions. I started at UGA as a work-study my freshman year and then became a Trustee Ambassador. The people I work with and for have become my friends and family. I even joke with them about hiring me when I graduate because I never want to leave.
Name: Daniel Lampariello
Hometown: Dracut, Massachusetts
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Clubs: Rampage Show Choir, Techies Union
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Sometimes I just like hopping on the T and seeing where I end up. It kind of clears my mind. I also just love sitting and playing the piano.
What is your passion? Music! Whether I'm singing or playing an instrument I know I will be happy surrounded by music.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? We are the school with a heart in the heart of the city!
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? I was so surprised with how accepting everyone was. Overall though it has been everything that I expected. Suffolk is an amazing school that has caring faculty and staff. You also can't beat this location!
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): I have two. Being involved with the PAO's production of Avenue Q last year and having the opportunity to be a Suffolk in the City student reporter.
Name: Shannon Lazarovich
Hometown: Middleboro, Massachusetts
Major/minor: Psychology/American Studies
Clubs: Student Government Association
Off-campus activities: Volunteered at Spare Change News, volunteering now at Heritage Apartments in East Boston. Work as a server/bartender at a restaurant near my hometown. Looking for an internship next semester in school psychology.
Favorite Boston spot: The courtyard at the Boston Public Library because it’s beautiful and peaceful.
What's once thing people should know about Boston: It’s a walkable city and Bostonians take pride in and really love their city.
What song are you listening to the most right now? Anything from Frank Turner or Katy Perry’s “Roar”
What's your biggest guilty pleasure? Reality television
What is your passion? Sleeping, and making others laugh!
What's one thing people should know about Suffolk: If you want to be directly in the center of Boston, Suffolk is the place for you.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? So many of the professors work in the field that they are teaching and can talk to you not about what they learned from a textbook, but what they did that day at their job. Going to Suffolk makes you more independent and helps you to grow in your four years.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Being a Trustee Ambassador and getting to talk to prospective students and their families, and showing them how great Suffolk is.
Name: Thomas Melendez
Hometown: Saugus, Massachusetts
Major/minor: Public Relations/Graphic Design
Clubs: Student Leadership and Involvement SEC member, Fraternity (Sigma Alpha Epsilon), The Journey, ASB, Orientation Leader last summer
Off-campus experiences: Various community service events around the city, one working with Cradles to Crayons
Favorite Boston spot: the Waterfront
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? Unlike any other city, you really get a sense of home here. Although it's a big city, everyone's very connected here.
What song are you listening to the most right now? "Royals" by Lorde
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Peanut butter
What is your passion? To be famous
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? We offer so many different areas to get involved that you can always find something you like.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? Suffolk surprised me in the amazing opportunities that I've had since I've been going here and the amount of different programs it provides around campus and the city.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Definitely being an Orientation Leader over the summer. I really made a good group of friends and got to get a taste of what being a role model actually means.
Hometown: Deer Park, New York
Major: Public Relations
Clubs: The Ramifications, Her Campus, Theta Phi Alpha.
Off-campus activities: Being a student performer has given me many opportunities to sing and act in different venues around the city. Being a member of Theta Phi Alpha has enabled me to take part in many different volunteer activities from breast cancer and diabetes walks to making Halloween cards for children in the hospital. It's really something I love.
Favorite Boston spot: I can't choose just one. Either the Boston Harborfront or the Esplanade.
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? It is way more than just a city to call home. It wraps its arms around you and becomes family.
What song are you listening to the most right now? "Stillness is the Move" and basically anything from the Dirty Projectors
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Now that I have my own apartment and have to cook for myself, it's probably cooking and trying new cool recipes.
What is your passion? I really love performing, I don't know if I will continue acting for the rest of my life but I would like to keep music in my life. Public relations brings me many ways to continue to be creative so I look forward to that.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Suffolk is a big family, I really feel such a sense of support here. Friends, faculty, staff you will always have someone believing in you.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? College is known to give students opportunities but I really believe Suffolk goes above and beyond to have students try whatever they want. Whether you just want to get involved in different things or you're trying to figure out what you want to major in and how to get started on internships, Suffolk has all the tools to succeed.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Definitely being a Trustee Ambassador is one, It has taught me so much about myself and I love having a hand in someone's future. Another is the performing arts. I have been able to explore creative worlds and learn so much, it has also led me to my best friends and a family that is part of many of my memories here at Suffolk.
Clubs: SU Step Team (President), Senator at Large for Residence Life for the Student Government Association
Off-campus experience: I volunteer at Spare Change News and the Greater Boston Food Bank
Favorite Boston spot: The Esplanade. The view while running along the edge of the Charles River at sunset is absolutely breathtaking.
What’s one thing people should know about Boston? It is a melting pot of cultures and it has a little bit of everything. And Suffolk does a good job of trying to connect students to the greater Boston area through different internship and job opportunities. Life in Boston is only boring if you choose not to embrace all it has to offer.
What song are you listening to the most right now? Sam Smith's acoustic version of "Latch" by Disclosure.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Cupcakes
What is your passion? Changing and bettering the lives of others
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Your experience at Suffolk is what you make it! From day one, get involved, get to know your resources, and make Suffolk your home, like I did.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? I didn't expect to have the diverse group of friends that I have now. I'm from Trinidad and Tobago, but some of the friends I've made here are from Pakistan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and the U.S.
Highlight of your Suffolk experience (so far): Participating in the Alternative Spring Break program through Suffolk's Center for Community Engagement. I did community service in Georgia for two years (once as a participant and once as a leader) with Habitat for Humanity during spring break. It was one of my most life-changing experiences.
Hometown: Manhattan, New York
Major/minor: Public Relations/minors in Marketing and Sociology
Clubs: Resident Assistant, SGA Senior Week Chair and Class of 2014 Senator, Alternative Spring Break Trip Leader
Favorite Boston spot: Newbury Street...I may not always be able to shop, but I love to look.
What’s one thing people should know about Boston?: It's easy to fall in love with. The people, the traditions,
and the community will make it feel like home in no time.
What song are you listening to the most right now? Honestly?! "Pretty Brown Eyes" by Cody Simpson... It's just so catchy!
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? Reality TV! Absolutely addicted, even though it's probably rotting my brain!
What is your passion?: I've never really had something specific that I've always done. So I guess my passion is
working and keeping busy. I love going to school, juggling jobs, and being involved. It makes me feel like I'm making an impact.
What’s one thing people should know about Suffolk? Suffolk isn't going to baby you. If you want something, you need to be proactive and get it. We have all the resources you could need, but it's up to you to use them. Because of that, you will quickly learn to be a self-sufficient, motivated individual.
How has Suffolk surprised you? How is it different than you expected? I never thought that a school with the city as its campus could be so filled with community. I have met some of my best friends and mentors here, and all through the amazing opportunities that were offered to me here at Suffolk.