Scott Kevy ’15
Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
Major: Sport Management/Information Management and Technology
What is something new students can look forward about moving to Central New York?
When looking at colleges throughout high school, I knew that I wanted to stay on the East Coast, but I knew it was time to leave my comfort zone of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and expand my horizons outside the DMV. When living in Syracuse, you get to discover a whole new world outside of early dismissals and closings because of snow that we’re all used to back home.
At Syracuse University, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in an endless amount of academic offerings and student organizations that’ll help shape you as you learn and grow into your professional career. You’ll quickly discover that at Syracuse, you’ll meet people from all over the country and all over the world, and you’re always just a little ride from being back home. Central New York is just hours away from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, and of course, Washington, DC! Just minutes from campus, you can shop ’til you drop, and a whole lot more at Destiny USA, the sixth largest shopping mall in the country! Also, next time you’re tuned into Food Network, pay special attention to the city they’re in, because you might just recognize all the great dining offerings throughout the city of Syracuse!
Is there any activity you wish you had taken advantage of during orientation?
Looking back on my freshman year, I wish I had taken advantage of Hillel’s FreshFest pre-orientation program. FreshFest allows freshman students to move in early, and participate in many activities throughout the entire campus and community. It’s a great way for incoming students to meet upperclassman and other incoming students before classes begin a few days later. This past fall, my sister, who’s a freshman on campus, participated in the program, and within her first few days she knew the ins and outs of the entire campus, and was well adjusted to being away from home. I definitely recommend it!
Any advice on how to smooth the transition from high school to college?
Coming from a small private school in Rockville, Maryland, I knew I wanted to go to a midsize college that had a variety of academic offerings and and Division I sports. It’s safe to say that Syracuse University met all of those factors, and choosing to attend this great university has been the greatest decision I’ve ever made.
My advice for a smooth transition from high school to college for anyone is to get involved right away, as soon as you step foot onto campus. With over 300 student organizations at Syracuse, you won’t have any problems finding an organization to get involved with. It’s a great way to meet new people outside of your home college and to get professional experience through volunteer opportunities on campus and throughout the community.
Since I stepped foot on campus back in August of my freshman year, I’ve been involved in the Sport Management Club, which holds an annual charity sports auction each December to benefit a different non-profit organization throughout the Central New York community. The auction is held in the back court of the Carrier Dome during a men’s basketball game, and to date, the club has raised nearly $213,000 for many non-profit organizations such as Special Olympics New York, the Food Bank of CNY, the Upstate Cancer Center, and many more! For the past three years, I’ve held numerous leadership positions for the auction, allowing me to take my classroom learnings and relate them to real-world experiences to help me further my career in the sport business industry.