Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?
My name is Aline Murta. I attended Syracuse University from 2006-2010 and studied International Relations (with a focus on Latina America) at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Citizenship.
What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?
I genuinely enjoyed my time at Syracuse University. I was honestly not sure what to expect being a first generation higher education student.
I really enjoyed being on my own and being responsible for myself, although I must admit things like laundry and eating healthy were not my strong point. There was of course things I wish could have been different, such as some issues related to race, how the school dealt with assaults, and such.
Syracuse University is not perfect, but it has helped make me the person I am today, and for that I am forever grateful.
What did you do post-SU?
After graduating in Mary 2010, I took a year off and moved to Washington, DC to gain experience through internships. I then began my Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies (focus on International Business0 at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. I graduated in May 2013 and moved back to NYC. I then took the summer of to relax and travel before beginning to work full time in September.
What’s the best advice you would give to current students?
The best advice I can offer to current students are based off of the msitakes that I made as an undergrad:
- NETWORK: Yes you have heard this a million times and it is awkward and annoying at this point, but it is absolutely imperative. Make sure you network with students, staff, and faculty. When getting a job, needing recommendations, and such it really is based off of who you know (sadly).
- INTERN: I did not intern enough as an undergrad. When I graduated I realized I could not get a job nor get into grad school without some experience. I had to take a year to do that, which could have been a year saved and used towards something else. Make sure to have an internships every summer, every break, every semester if you can handle it.
- CAMPUS RESOURCES: I definitely did not know about or utilize all the resources available on campus such as tutoring services, writing center, and such. These are all free to you as current students, so make sure to use them as much as needed.
- ENJOY: Although you absolutely are there to study, make sure you take a mental break from time to time to enjoy yourself. Whether that is hitting up local wineries, snowboarding, hanging out with friends, just make sure to do it. Don’t overwhelm yourself because you will not be as productive.