Alumni Stories

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

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

Haley Ipsaro, Summer College student in Haven Hall

Hayley I. 

Summer College 2019
Social Media Strategy & Analytics

My summer at Syracuse was really a dream come true. I’ve had my eye on Syracuse since my freshman year, but my experience at Summer College truly solidified for me that this is the university where I belong. I’ve always been an avid user of social media, so when I saw that there was a program available to learn social media strategy and analytics, I applied as soon as I could. Prior to the class I had always been curious about what it’s like to use social media in a business setting, and this class answered every question I had and more. I felt reassured, leaving Syracuse, that a future career involving social media was the right choice for me. The friends I made at Summer College were just as incredible. Coming all the way from California, I was worried I would have trouble making friends. I quickly discovered that this would not be the case. Everyone I met at Syracuse was friendly, easy to talk to, and made my experience even better. I found a lot in common with people from all over the US and even different countries! To this day I’m still in contact with many of the friends I made; it’s amazing how close you can bond with people in just two weeks.

Jayden S. Summer College alumni in front of Life Science Building

Jayden S.

Summer College 2019

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to build a new understanding and appreciation of architecture at Syracuse University’s Summer College Architecture program. Those four weeks shaped an amazing experience for me and gave me a fresh new set of eyes for architecture and what it truly entails. With all of these experiences, I’ve grown more and more fond of architecture and can’t wait to go on to study it in the fall! In addition to developing a greater love for architecture, I’ve gained great new friends with many different backgrounds and stories in and outside of my program. Not only was this program academically remarkable, but there were also enjoyable trips and events such as visiting the sixth-largest mall in America, riding roller coasters at Six Flags Darien Lake, getting up close and personal with Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist, and more. When I first found out that I would be spending four weeks studying architecture at Syracuse University this summer, I was excited, but also nervous… ‘Will I make friends?’, ‘Will I still love architecture?’, ‘Am I ready for college life?’ As you may be able to tell, this program ended up being the best summer of my life!



Laiba A. 

Summer College 2019
Team and Leadership Academy

One always has a person or an event in their life that brings a vast change to their personality and their outlook towards life. The experience at Syracuse University Summer College is unforgettable and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Being an international student from Pakistan, I was worried about the responsibility of representing my country in America, but the heartwarming smiles that welcomed me in Syracuse made me forget all my worries and helped me focus on the moments that I have been blessed with. This life-changing experience started when I met with people from all around the world that had the same motive: to learn something new at Syracuse. The summer at Syracuse was rewarding in terms of both my personal and knowledge growth. I was enrolled in the Team and Leadership Academy, where I learned how I can be an effective leader. I learned teamwork skills through thrilling experiences of whitewater rafting, kayaking, and rope courses. I made friends from all around the world and I got to know more about America and other countries. This experience shaped me into an independent, confident and courageous woman who is willing to face any challenge that comes in front of her.  The two weeks at Syracuse passed in a blink and I could not wish for anything more than to go back to the beautiful campus of Syracuse where I can make amazing memories again!

Shelby Anderson, Summer College student on the quad

Shelby A.

Summer College 2019
Graphic Design

Syracuse University Summer College taught me countless things about graphic design and what life as a college student may be like.  I received a better understanding of graphic design and what my classes may be like if I decided to pursue design in the future for undergrad. I had an amazing experience every single second of the program- whether I was hanging out with friends, in class, or participating in the many activities on or off campus! Although the classes and many activities were great experiences, I think my favorite part of the program was being with such a diverse group of people. I was able to meet people from all around the world with completely different interests and talents! I still talk to most of them, even months later. I was able to take away a lot of valuable projects, many friends, connections with students, Syracuse University faculty, and staff,  and most importantly, had an overall great experience.

Andrew Kiel, Summer College student

Andrew K.

Summer College 2019
Aerospace Engineering

The summer I spent at Syracuse University was the best summer ever! When I first arrived on campus, I was anxious about spending so much time far away from home. However, once I started to connect with other students at the various activities, in the classroom, and in the residence hall, all my fears went away. And although I live hours away from them, I still keep in contact with the friends I made at Syracuse! While class lasted for several hours every day, the teachers and RAs created an interactive environment for learning that made their entire class interesting. The learning environment was friendly, and I always felt like I could ask questions or comment on material we were learning. Living in the residence hall taught me the experience of living on campus. It was cool having RAs in the hall we were able to talk to. Also, it was awesome to be able to hang out in the lounge as a member of the residence life community. Additionally, the challenging course in Aerospace Engineering helped me understand the diligence college students must have to be able to balance their life with school. Overall, the summer I spent at Syracuse University Summer College was the best summer of my life. I made friends, learned interesting information, and became more informed about life in college.

Photo of student Petey Peterson in front of Hall of Languages

Petey P.

Summer College 2018
Sport Management

My name is Petey and I am from San Francisco. In the summer of 2018, I participated in the Sport Management program at Syracuse University Summer College. I had a great experience living in the residence hall, taking classes at Falk College, and meeting fellow high school students from around the country. Living in the dorms gave me a valuable experience about what college life at Syracuse is really like. My classes were awesome and I really got to know my professor. His enthusiasm for Sport Management solidified my passion to pursue my major in this field. I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience at Syracuse! After participating in the summer program, I now know with 100% certainty that I want to major in Sport Management. I enjoyed my time at Syracuse so much that it is my first choice college and I will be applying as an Early Decision applicant. My experience last summer at Syracuse put me in a unique position — I started my senior year of high school knowing where I want to go to college and the field I want to study! I am thankful I had this opportunity.

Adore E.

Summer College 2018
Fashion & Accessories Design

I still could not believe it. When I arrived on July 14th, I instantly fell in love with the Syracuse University’s beautiful campus and energy. I was amazed at how big and unique the campus was. Everyone who was helping us to get moved in and settled was so patient, and understanding that we were far from home. When my Fashion and Accessories Design class 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 immediately taken away. It made me love the idea of becoming a fashion designer even more! I loved this creative space. I walked in, 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. I truly had such a positive experience!  I even chose to attend Syracuse University for Undergrad, because I instantly fell in love with the campus, the programs, and how nice and helpful all the staff were. Being on campus made me feel at home and I instantly knew, that this was the college for me.