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Gifts to Syracuse University make a real difference to today’s SU students, including the approximately 250 who hail from the Chicago area. Here’s just one of them.

Sarah Ostman

Sarah Ostman ’14

Sarah Ostman leads a busy life. A native of Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Ostman is a junior with dual majors in public relations and information management and technology. She’s also a resident advisor (RA) and a member of 44Social, SU’s social media team. When Ostman isn’t studying or promoting SU on Facebook and Twitter, she works as an intern with a Syracuse-area wedding planner. For the past two summers, she interned with Chicago’s Sandbox Industries, assisting the firm with communications for internal startups.

SU’s wide range of opportunities led Ostman to choose the University for her education. “SU does a really good job of encouraging cross-disciplinary pursuits,” she says. “My two majors are completely different, but the University encourages a mix of experiences. The combination of two things that traditionally don’t go together can often be the most interesting, and that’s what made SU stand out to me.”

The University’s strong academic programs and alumni network have proven to be of tremendous benefit to Ostman. “Newhouse and the iSchool give me a solid foundation of skills, and the alumni network really comes into play in the internship/job search,” she says.

Ostman, who became a resident advisor her sophomore year, says the RA experience has made a profound effect on her life. “I’ve learned a lot about resources on campus, met a lot of interesting people, and expanded my view of the world. Getting involved and stepping into a leadership position is one of the best things you can do here on campus.”