Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?
Olá meus amigos! My name is JoAnn M. Simoes and I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. I graduated in 2011 from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management with a BS in Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises and Finance.
What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?
As a first-generation student, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The process of picking a school was daunting and something I did on my own, with no one to turn to for advice. However, I can happily say that attending Syracuse University is an experience I will cherish for a lifetime.
My experience at SU was enlightening, empowering, and full of many challenges along with everything in between. The bonds I made with students, staff and professors are some I know will last a lifetime. I transformed from a shy, quiet individual, into a strong, independent leader who wasn’t afraid to speak my mind and stand up for what I believed in.
What did you do post-SU?
After graduating from SU, I jumped right into the workforce. I started as a project manager at a small-sized construction firm and have been developing my talents ever since. I’m still currently working at the same firm and the growth potential is unlimited. Everyday is a new adventure and I am always ready for the next challenge the industry throws at me.
What’s the best advice you would give to current students?
The best advice I can give to current students is to take every possible advantage of the resources offered at SU. I feel like I tapped into the resources later than I should have and I had to play catch up. Once I took the time to research and get serious about my career, finding an internship was a breeze! Especially being a student in Whitman, the opportunities that are available are endless. I took advantage of numerous career workshops, networking events, resume critiques, and trips like Wall Street Goes Orange amongst other things. The resources are there, students just need to take the initiative to use them. Also, one final piece of advice is to NETWORK! Building relationships with people is hands-down the most important thing a person can do at any stage of their life
What do you think about LANSU Scholarship?
The LANSU scholarship is amazing and I cannot wait to see the good it does for future students! As an alumnae of Syracuse University, I think its extremely important to help give back. We need to remember our roots and support as much as we can in order for the future generations to prosper and succeed.