Alumni Profile: Sarina Morales ’08

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Please introduce yourself, the year you graduated, and what was your major when you graduated?

Hello! Sarina Morales here. I graduated in 2008 from Syracuse University. I majored in broadcast journalism at Newhouse School of Public Communication.

What was your Syracuse University experience like when you attended?

It was a new and very eye opening for me when I first got to Cuse’. I grew up in the Bronx, lived in NYC my whole life, so going to Syracuse was just an overall wild learning experience for me.

I did my best to immerse myself in every aspect of the Syracuse community. I had a radio show Saturday nights called the “Danger Zone” at Z89. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Newhouse chapter. I was a mentor. I was an RA for a semester. I was able to study abroad my third year in London. I volunteered and went down to New Orleans and helped Hurricane Katrina victims. So yes, I kept very busy, but I thought that was the key to my happiness and my success. It was important to me to be an active part of the culture and the Syracuse family.

What did you do post-SU?

The year I graduated, was the same year as the Financial Crisis in 2008. It made getting a job difficult… any job. I decided to buy a one way ticket to London and leave the states for a bit. It was a great time for me to leave, I was able to, once again, challenge myself by traveling on my own.

What’s the best advice you would give to current students?

Don’t stress about not picking a major your first year, take a bunch of classes and find yourself. Discover new skill sets. I think we get so tied on finding a job that is already made for us, when sometimes; the best job is created for an individual. Especially now, we need to learn to be flexible, there is always something new in technology, and those will ultimately affect the way the job market hires new people.

What do you think about LANSU Scholarship?

First and foremost, what a wonderful organization! Bridging the gap between the alumni and Latino students is so important because it provides real life results of a Syracuse University education. With the cost of a college degree at an all-time high, it’s great to see students benefiting from this scholarship.

Gracias Sarina!

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