Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and your major when you graduated.
My name is Sylvia Cabral and I was a part of the class of 1999. I majored in Psychology and minored in Information Systems and Technology.
What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?
It was the best combination of fun and hard work. My classes were very challenging and I was really pushed to excel. At the same time, the Syracuse community gave me the space and the opportunity to fulfill my dream of starting a dance organization, Raices. This initiative helped to bring the Latin Community together even more and also provided a platform to share our culture and heritage with the entire SU community. The way we were accepted and embraced by everyone was amazing and really contributed to our success. I also met my best friends at SU and we continue to reminisce on how those were really some of the best times of our lives. We were able to play hard, and be silly, but also get a great education to prepare us to be successful after graduating. Some of the most well rounded people we have met since graduating went to SU.
What did you do post-SU?
I went straight to graduate school after graduating SU. I earned my MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and have since been working for non-profit organizations doing IT project management, database design/implementation, operations and training. In the evenings and weekends, I have continued my love and passion for dance: Training in different styles (contemporary, ballet, theater) and teaching the Latin dance to individuals and groups, as I did at Syracuse. It has been intense juggling both careers, but incredibly rewarding, at the same time. I always attribute my ability to accomplish this on the skills I developed and opportunities I was given at Syracuse.
What’s the best advice you would give current students?
Never ever limit yourself. Think big, dream big and explore as much as possible. Things may not always turn out as expected but more likely than not, if you’re persistent, positive, and driven, they will turn out even better. Never give in, never give up!
What do you think about LANSU Scholarship?
I think it is so exciting that this type of scholarship is being offered. I know what it is to struggle while trying to get a great education and even the smallest amount of help can make a big impact. This type of scholarship not only provides an opportunity to support the students financially but also re-engages the alumni to contribute to the Latin community. There are many ways to support our alma mater, and this scholarship’s financial and mentorship opportunities are priceless.
You can visit her website: Sylvia Cabral