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Melanie Prior ’15

Melanie PriorMelanie Prior ’15 did her homework before deciding to attend Syracuse University. “After talking with students and alumni from countless other schools, I found out that Syracuse people had the most school pride,” she says. And since SU was the only university to offer a dual degree program in marketing management and public relations, Prior’s choice was easily made. “On admitted students day, sitting in Goldstein auditorium, I knew I had to come here,” says the native of Georgetown, Massachusetts, a small North Shore town about 35 minutes from Boston. “Not to be confused with D.C.!” she laughs.

Since her arrival at SU, Prior has not been disappointed. “Syracuse has all the best qualities of other colleges and universities combined,” she says. “There are unparalleled academics, lively school spirit, a loyal alumni base all over the world, and successful sports programs.” She enjoys the beauty of the SU campus and is fine with the climate. “People who didn’t go here joke about the weather, but there are so many other activities going on, it doesn’t hold you back from anything you want to do.”

Prior has high praise for her courses in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. “The courses offered here push real-life preparation, such as working in groups solving real problems and using the same technology as professionals use,” she says. “I feel prepared and confident in the skills I have learned thus far.”

When she isn’t doing course work, Prior is involved in several clubs and organizations, including Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Whitman alumni mentorship program. She blogs for the Public Relations Student Society of America and is a student supervisor at Ernie Davis dining center. “Each group allows me to develop a different part of myself,” she says. “Working with others in different settings allows learning to take place outside the classroom, and gives me the chance to interact with some really cool people! These experiences have not only made me a more confident leader, but also a better listener and more receptive person.”