Summer College Alumni Stories

Syracuse University Summer College Alumni share their pre-college experiences.

Did you attend Summer College? Tell us your story here!

Photo of student Petey Peterson in front of Hall of Languages
Petey Peterson
Sport Management
Summer College
Class of 2018
Hi there! This is Petey Peterson from San Francisco and I attended the Sport Management program at Syracuse University Summer College in 2018.

Ever since I can remember, I always envisioned myself working in the sport industry. When I was young, I had aspirations of becoming a professional soccer player. Once in high school, I realized the likelihood of 'going pro' was slim, so I knew I had to discover other components of this field. Being a big sports fan, I always wanted to attend Syracuse for college and be a part of the ‘Cuse family. When I found out about the Sport Management program being offered through Syracuse University Summer College, I knew I had to attend. The program would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the various aspects of the industry at my dream college.

During the program, we learned a variety of topics including sports marketing and promotion, sport analytics, athletic compliance, contract negotiations, and the management and day-to-day operations of the Athletic Department at Syracuse. We had many speakers come talk to us, including John Wildhack, Syracuse’s Athletic Director. Mr. Wildhack talked about his time at ESPN and how it prepared him to run Syracuse’s top-notch sports program. Our professor, Mr. Wolohan, was very approachable and his enthusiasm for Sport Management was contagious. I finished the program knowing with 100% confidence that I wanted to major in Sport Management.

If you are thinking about attending the program, you should definitely do it! I went not knowing anyone, but left with a bunch of new friends from all over the country. My classmates and I bonded over our passion for sports. We watched the World Cup Finals in Shaw Hall and played pick-up games of soccer every day after class. Together, we explored the campus and the city of Syracuse. We treated ourselves to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, went to Destiny Mall to escape the triple digit heat, and frequented Marshall Street, which is right next to campus.

My time at Syracuse University Summer College encouraged me to follow my passion and pursue Sport Management as my major. Those few weeks gave me a great taste of what college life will be like, and I can’t wait!

Student, Adore Ellis, pictured in the Syracuse Dome
Adore Ellis
Fashion and Accessories Design
Summer College
Class of 2018
I still could not believe it, when I arrived on July 14th, I instantly fell in love with the Syracuse University campus and energy. I was amazed at how big and unique the campus was. Everyone helping us to get moved in and settled was so patient, and understanding that we were far from home. When my classes began, it was exhilarating taking a campus bus to the warehouse, where Fashion classes were being held. Once I arrived on the 7th floor, my breath was taken away. It made me love the idea of becoming a fashion designer even more. I loved this creative space. I met my professors and the session began. I learned how to train my mind to think fast and effectively, making sure my work was always handed in on time, and the importance of working in teams.
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Morgan Besse
Environmental and Interior Design
Summer College
Class of 2017
I have always known that Interior Design was something that I was interested in. Knowing which program is right for you is all about knowing who you are. I wanted to participate in a summer program because I knew it would help me decide whether or not Environmental and Interior Design was the right major for me. It turns out it is! I was lucky in the sense that I always knew what I wanted to major in, but if you don’t know that’s perfectly fine. College is all about finding who you are and what you want out of life. As long as you expose yourself and create opportunities that's the best track you can be on.

Finally, I really wanted to show Syracuse that I was really dedicated to their school and have aspirations to attend their university. The best part about Syracuse was making lifelong friends. I didn't realize I would meet such a diverse and amazing group of people when I first went to Syracuse. Honestly they are what made Syracuse such an amazing experience.
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Nicole Doyle
Media Literacy, Popular Culture & Democracy
Summer College
Class of 2014
Syracuse University has been my dream school since my freshman year. Therefore, when I learned about Summer College at SU, I leaped at the opportunity. I was ecstatic when I learned that I was accepted into the Media Literacy, Democracy and Popular Culture program. This course meant being at SU for six weeks, which is a long time being away from my family and friends at home and it also meant being in a classroom for most of my summer break. But I knew that this course would change my life and it sure did. My class and I completed several papers, hours of assignments and read what felt like millions of articles and chapters. However, I was finally being challenged, so I savored every second of it. While learning about the society we live in and how I contribute to it, I met tons of friends from all of the programs who I am still in contact with. We did everything together and we pushed each other to do our best, which made it such a positive and loving environment to be a part of. However, I did not realize how much I loved being at Syracuse until my mom came and visited me. When she was boarding her bus, she said to me that it looks like I already belong here and this is already my home and she loves that I am so happy here. This moment is when I knew that my experience at Summer College was all worth it because I made a home at SU and I hope to return to become part of the class of 2019.
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Abigail Singer
Public Communications
Summer College
Class of 2014
Summer College is a life changing experience academically, socially, and personally. I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to venture out of Cincinnati, Ohio to spend 6 weeks away attending college classes alone. It was incredible to live with students from different backgrounds and even countries. However, everyone had one thing in common: their drive to succeed and learn. Living in this environment has left me with friends I have regularly kept in contact with well after the program was over. The Public Communications class I took taught me about many aspects of media, which have broadened my view on society, government, and world issues. I learned how to effectively translate my ideas on issues I am passionate about into essays during my writing class. All the professors were extremely helpful and have been able to continue to offer me advice as I finish high school and apply to college. It’s impossible to put into words how much I was able to grow as a person during my time at Syracuse, but I highly recommend it to any high school student looking for a fun, life changing opportunity.