Some assignments can wait

The moment I opened my acceptance email for Newhouse was surreal; I was lowering my expectations because of the school’s reputation while I waited for a decision to be made.

Pursuing an education overseas—more specifically, in the U.S.—was a goal of mine for a long time. I still cannot believe I made it happen and I’m writing this from Syracuse, New York where I’m completing my master’s in public diplomacy and global communications.

Moving to a whole different country, obtaining higher education and adjusting to a different environment are not easy tasks. However, I’m here to focus on the good sides, take advantage of every opportunity and enjoy every moment of it so I won’t have regrets later.

Here are some of the things I want to highlight that I understood from the perspective of being an international master’s student.

Campus life is full of opportunities

I never got to experience campus life as an undergrad. This huge campus which is home to over 20,000 students is astonishing for me. Wherever you go, you see lots of flyers of events and student organizations, job/internship ads and more. There are countless opportunities on campus, and sadly we have only a limited amount of time to spend wisely depending on priorities.

Everyone’s voice matters

Being in a community where your ideas and opinions are appreciated feels so cool to me. One of the program instructors said, “Always ask questions. There’s no such thing as a stupid question. There’s only a question not answered,” which I try to live by now. I love how every class and meeting includes, “Do you have any questions?” because it gives everyone an opportunity to fix any mistake or get any clarification on the subject at hand.

Focus on building networks, not grades

In my undergraduate school, I pretty much focused any extra attention to grades. It’s not a bad thing. I believe grades are proof of how dedicated you are, how hard you work, how serious you take classes and shows how responsible you are. In other words, it’s what you get in exchange for your hard work.

However, in graduate school, I would like to shift my focus to networking. I would like to make as many friends as I can while I’m here and create some memories. At the end of the day, that would be the most important takeaway from school, I hope.

I would say: If there’s a party you’re invited to, go. If there’s a cool event, don’t hesitate and go. If there’s some other fun activity, join the fun; that assignment can wait. We will always find a way or time to finish and get things done. However, some opportunities and moments will never return. So, I’m gonna say lots of yes to events and fun moments. Still gonna get done what needs to be done, though.

Coming from a developing country where diversity isn’t appreciated and accepted that much, my time here in Syracuse and in the U.S. is definitely a learning experience. Communicating with people of different backgrounds, opinions, perspectives and making friends with them is truly an eye-opening and amazing experience.

I had been to the US before in my junior year of undergrad for a short time, but this experience feels different and I’m much more exposed to the culture.

Looking so forward to the rest of the semester as well as adventures waiting for the spring semester and further!

Ichinkhorloo Khosbayar is a graduate student in the public diplomacy and global communications program at the Newhouse and Maxwell schools.

Find your balance

When I applied to graduate school, I fully intended on using the opportunity to return to college as only a student. I planned to rid the other half of my college identity as an athlete. I wanted to absolutely take on the role of student; allow more time for myself to explore options like Greek life or socializing or being allowed to maybe go out on a weeknight. However, letting go of sport is harder than it seems. 

The decision was tough. I sat on it for a long time. Either way, I knew that this would be the first year that my priorities had to change. School first, sport second. I would officially put my writing and opportunities to network on the frontline and put the competition and training on the back burner—for any athlete, this is far easier said than done.

As an athlete, when you’re not devoting the right amount of time and energy to your sport, you feel guilty. Yet, joining any Newhouse program, not taking the opportunities handed to you feels like you’re wasting your time and not taking it seriously. It feels like you can never win.  

The reason we pick up the hockey stick, shoot the first hoop or learn to devote an insane amount of effort to any sport is because we are innately competitive and willing to challenge ourselves. That part of us is not something we can rid ourselves of.

This year, I’ve had to work harder than ever to manage my energy. To apply my competitiveness to working behind my laptop and on the rowing machine. 

This is the first year I’ve learned more from my non-athlete friends of what competitiveness looks like in the classroom and that there is more that can be done in preparation for applying for a job. Newhouse prioritizes getting clips, getting our names on the byline and making the right connections. If this is where I needed to focus my energy, then that is what I intended to do. 

Upon my arrival and the start of Boot Camp, this was easy. It was the summer, which meant no training and therefore, the option to go with the cohort for drinks downtown after the 9-5 graphic design lab every Friday. However, we are now halfway through the entire program. 

Since the fall started, we have jumped the start line of finding jobs on and off campus; getting publications to notice us; and making those connections to get a job offer by the end of our time here. For the athletes, it was adjusting class schedules around training schedules and finding time throughout the day to stop by Grab and Go at Manley Fieldhouse, or an hour to take a nap. For the first time, I was neither here nor there. I worked double time. Applying for every job and opportunity under the sun to get ahead, then training hard to catch up on fitness and left with no time for rest. And now more than ever, rest really matters.

But this is my message: there are ways to find the balance. I found a fall internship through a rowing magazine called Rowing News. I could take the time I spent training and reflect on it in my off time by writing about my sport. I could combine the two worlds. I found an opportunity that doesn’t feel like it takes up any time at all.

This is how you know you’ve found your place. Anyone with a runaround schedule, find work that feels like it in no way takes up time in your day. So that you can afford to take the night off, binge “Squid Game,” or call home, even adopt a cat. It is one year where we get to push ourselves, but also more time to find what makes us happy. 

Writer Jamey Bulloch

Jamey Bulloch is a graduate student in the  magazine, news and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.

My journey to Syracuse University

Jalen Wade

I often find it funny how life ends up working out. When I was first applying to colleges in high school, Syracuse was probably the second to last place I wanted to go. My parents are alumni here, and my dad was on the football team and was pretty popular on campus.

Despite how much my parents loved the school, they never heavily encouraged me to apply. I suppose that’s why when I actually went on a school visit, I was extremely open to coming.

I ended up getting into Syracuse, but due to financial considerations, I ended up attending the University of Maryland, a school I didn’t wish to attend due to its closeness to where I grew up. By the end of my time at UMD however, I ended up loving it. Even the closeness to home, which I thought I would have hated, was something that served as a comfort to me at times when I needed a break from school.

When I graduated, my mother put graduate school on the table and one of the schools I chose was Newhouse. I figured that I could use this chance to explore the “what if?” that I didn’t take when I was first applying for universities. In the middle of the summer I made the eight-hour trek up to Syracuse with my mother and aunt to move my stuff in.

Living in Syracuse has been an interesting experience so far. One of the new things I have had to learn how to do for myself is cooking complex meals. Before, I could usually do something like go to the dining hall if I was hungry or didn’t feel like heating up something in the microwave.

I’ve had to try and learn to cook a variety of foods like chicken breast, steak and assorted vegetables, with mixed results at first. On one occasion, the fire alarm went off. When making sausage links, I accidentally got so much smoke going that I ended up stinking up both my apartment and the hallway outside my door.

One of the biggest concerns I had about living in Syracuse was having nobody to hang out with. I was honestly shocked to find that I got along so well with the people in my graduate journalism course. We found ourselves forming a tight group and going out every weekend. I guess it’s true what they say about the “Newhouse mafia.”

In a strange twist, I’ve found myself not communicating as much with people back home due to how much fun I’ve been having here. I often find myself surprised with how fast time is flying by. I have only been here for a few months, and it feels like I have barely scratched the surface of things I want to do here. 

Now, I find myself laughing at how much I thought I didn’t want to go to Syracuse. Now, all I can think about is how much longer I would like to stay.

Jalen Wade is a graduate student in the magazine, news and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.

Need an escape? Plan a day trip!

Wishing for a vacation? As the semester plugs along, you may be looking for a little get away from the library. A day trip is the perfect way to unwind and explore more of New York State. Here are some fun-filled trips you can take:

Little Town on the Lake

Both Cazenovia and Skaneateles (east and west, respectively) sit a short half hour drive from campus. Both towns have a beautiful lake and are full of activities and charm. In Skaneateles, shop your way down Genesee Street and stop for a tasting at Anyela’s Winery. In Cazenovia, visit the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and grab a bite and drink at Meier’s Creek Brewing Company. Visiting either village will give you a relaxing day away!

  1. Wine & Dine

If bigger lakes are more your style, check out the Finger Lakes Region. Famous for its rolling hills of vineyards, there are many wineries, distilleries, breweries and restaurants, as well as hiking trails, farmers markets and lake activities. A drive through the small towns will present you with stunning scenery. 

  1. Gorgeous Gorges

Chase some waterfalls at Ithaca’s gorges. Check out Robert Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park, and Cascadilla Gorge Trail. You can hike the trails and view the rushing waterfalls and rock formations. Follow your hike with a stroll through downtown Ithaca, and explore all the shops and restaurants this hip town has to offer.

  1. The Mountains are Calling!

Venture about an hour and forty-five minutes north-east to Old Forge, and you’ll find yourself in an Adirondack paradise. Outdoor activities are the best attraction: hike Bald Mountain, go kayaking, be on the lookout for moose and other wildlife, or start on your way to hiking the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. Take a breath of that fresh air and enjoy the mountain view.

  1. Oh Canada… almost 

Take a short hour and a half drive up to Alexandria Bay and the Thousand Islands. Take a boat ride on the Saint Lawrence River, which borders Canada, or bike ride through some of the quaint towns you come across. You can even take a boat to one popular attraction, historic Boldt Castle. Full of history and beauty, Alexandria Bay will ensure a great day.

Writer Katie Hopsicker
Katie Hopsicker

Katie Hopsicker is a graduate student in the arts journalism and communication program at the Newhouse School.

Anish Shroff on finding your way in sports journalism

Anish Shroff '04
Anish Shroff ’04

ESPN play-by-play commentator Anish Shroff ’04 is a reputable voice for college sports like baseball, basketball, football and lacrosse. Shroff graduated from the Newhouse School with a degree in broadcast and digital journalism and spoke at the Newhouse School in October.

Shroff, a native of Bloomfield, N.J., said he’s no stranger to hard work and sacrifice. Shroff landed his first job in television as a solo sports director at KNDO-TV in Yakima, Washington.

While many students fear the possibility of starting their career in a small news market, Shroff credits his time at KNDO-TV for his skill in sports coverage today.

“I would do it one hundred and ten times out of one hundred, if I could do it again,” Shroff said, noting that there is a lot to be learned working in a smaller, regional market before going to a larger or national market.

“If you’re thinking, ‘How can I invest in myself long-term for the future?’ you go to a small market; you’re cutting your teeth everywhere. You’re shooting your own footage, you’re logging your own footage, you’re producing your own segments, you’re cutting your own highlights, you’re anchoring.” Shroff said. “The biggest thing, you’re going live, that was the biggest thing I got!” Shroff said, adding the benefit of going live early in your career, an opportunity you’re likely to get earlier in a smaller market.

Now, due to the intense hands-on training he got in Yakima, Shroff said has the ability to make the job appear effortless, which helped him in landing his dream job at ESPN.

“I really pushed hard. I was [a one-man department],” Shroff said. “It wasn’t even a Monday through Friday [job]. It was—depending on the time of the year—Monday through Saturday, Monday through Sunday.”

While starting a career in the digital realm of sports may be enticing to some, Shroff says there is a significant difference in day-to-day responsibilities that set broadcast play-by-play announcers apart from digital analysts.

“When you’re in the digital space, everything is so structured,” Shroff said. “You screw up, guess what? You can do another take, you can edit it, you’ve got time. The deadline pressure isn’t the same as working in a newsroom.”

Discipline and the ability to meet critical broadcast deadlines in Yakima helped Shroff move on ESPN in 2008.

Since establishing a career at ESPN, Shroff has had time to reflect on all of his experiences and give students some perspective on competition in sports broadcasting, especially for journalists of color. Despite being qualified or even overqualified for a position, a news station may not consider you the right fit. Shroff told a story about applying for a job in another market shortly after his sports director job had been cut at KNDO-TV.

“I had the backing of the sports director [and] the sports producer there, [but the station said,] ‘You’ve got the best tape, we love your stuff, but we already have a guy in our sports department with an ethnic name. We don’t think we can fit two of you guys.’

Despite the setback, Shroff went on to become an anchor and studio host for ESPN News, ESPN’s 24-hour sports news network, and host “College Football Live.”

Wroter Darcie Ortique
Darcie Ortique

Darcie Ortique is a graduate student in the broadcast and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.

Managing a budget as a graduate student

I always thought that being in the communications field afforded me the luxury to not think about numbers. I was wrong. I would argue that it’s more important to know how numbers work than words at times, but I digress.

Budgeting is one of those things that I have always struggled with and still do to this day, but I have found a few things that work best for me.

In graduate school, most students have a job or two in addition to their regular class work. Some even have side hustles or passion projects that contribute to the bottom line as well.

It’s important to know how to maximize the money that you are making in order to take a little stress out of your day to day responsibilities while in grad school.

I’ve found that putting half of my paycheck towards rent every week helps keep me accountable and takes the pressure off of trying to make it work at the end of the month.

After that portion is allocated towards rent, I budget how much I might spend on groceries for the week. This is probably where I spend the majority of my paycheck because I personally love to cook. I try to spend time doing things that make me happy throughout the week, so I can adequately complete tasks that I need to do as well.

I shop at Aldi most of the time for more inexpensive produce items and then Trader Joe’s for specialty items that I might want. By doing this I am maximizing the money allocated towards this specific line item so that I can cook the meals that I want while sticking to my budget.

The last portion of my paycheck is allocated towards gas. Since I ride my apartment shuttle during the week, I only purchase gas about once every month.

For the leftover portion of my paycheck there are a couple different ways it can be dispersed. For example, if I really wanted a new pair of jeans or a cute top, I might splurge and purchase one of those items.

Sometimes, I have travel plans coming up and may need to save up for a plane ticket or housing accommodations. Other times, I may not have anything going on and that money might just go into my savings.

As you can see the different ways you can split your check are endless and specific to your personal situation. It’s important to begin making a budget sooner rather than later because it will only benefit you in the long run. It’s important to begin making a budget sooner rather than later because it will only benefit you in the long run.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your money, I hope this provides insight.

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Halle Upshaw

Halle Upshaw is a graduate student in the advertising program at the Newhouse School.

You’re an international student: Now what?

I received my acceptance letter to the University of Virginia in May 2017. First came excitement, but a month later came stone-cold fear. Unlike my peers in my graduation class, I had no opportunity to visit Virginia. The first time I stepped off the plane in the United States was one month before I started classes. At eighteen years old, I packed up my entire life in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved across the world.

Four years of keeping half my wardrobe in a suitcase, cutting the u’s out of my papers when using words like ‘honor’ and ‘color’ and fully adjusting to the Fahrenheit temperature scale. Now, I found myself applying to one of the greatest journalism schools in the country. I felt I was really pushing my luck in applying, but again, I was accepted.

From experience, I followed the same routine: excitement, fear, packing up and moving, and leaving behind a life I completely cultivated for myself. Once again, it was just me and my suitcases.

An eight-hour drive brought me up to the Newhouse School to study magazine, news and digital journalism. This time, however, the fear has not subsided. This time, come graduation, I will not have another routine to fall into. I will not have a school structure to lean up against, but rather the big, scary working world. And, being international, there are even more considerations.

This time, graduation means returning home to switch my visa from one that says “student” to one that says “work.” These aren’t as easy to come by. These are denied more than they are approved. I need to receive a job offer before I throw my cap in the air. This means not only asking an employer to hire me, but to sponsor my continued life in America. For international students, we might wonder why an employer would go that extra mile just to keep us here.

Here’s why: We worked hard at a young age to move across the world and now have the experience of adaptation and growth to apply to anything. There is no more fear of walking into a room of strangers, or of being placed in an arbitrary city to work. The independence gained from being international is a bonus to, not a detraction from, my applications.

To other international students facing similar challenges, I give this advice:

  1. Get ahead. From the moment you step foot on U.S soil, you are living an extremely temporary life. This is daunting for someone like me who plans months in advance. International students have to stay one step ahead. When I started freshman year, I already knew I needed to find a way to complete a graduate year.
  2. Stay organized. Stay on top of all requirements and signatures on your I-20 and other important paperwork. Make lists, keep track of your goals, and fight like hell to reach them.
  3. Don’t settle for less. Yes, you’re at a slight disadvantage, but the work you did to get here means something. Don’t think that you are lesser because you’re not an official citizen. Newhouse is here for you, and opportunities are available to you.
  4. Ask for help. This is one I even struggle with. We are determined to get this right on our own, but using the resources around you is always a smarter move. It’s why they’re here.
  5. Enjoy every minute. Newhouse creates many opportunities for you to meet and hang with your cohort and even your professors. Take the time to appreciate the small things. Yes, this is temporary, so live with that YOLO mindset and have fun while you’re here!
Jamey Bulloch

Jamey Bulloch is a graduate student in the  magazine, news and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.

How to manage your stress before finals season

Writer Ambre Winfrey
Ambre Winfrey

It’s week twelve, and we’re all starting to feel like we’re drowning in assignments and extracurricular responsibilities. Being stressed and feeling overwhelmed in college is a very real thing. It’s important to remember that the perpetual feeling of being swamped happens to everyone when you’re being a bit hard on yourself.

Remember to take those little moments. Whether it be rewarding yourself with an extra coffee during the week or waking up a bit earlier on Wednesdays for that 7 a.m. cycling class at Barnes—do it.

A great tip is to utilize the amazing Barnes Center at The Arch. The workers at Barnes probably know me by name at this point because I go in so much. I’m either there for an intense workout, a cycling class or a session in one of the MindSpa rooms, where I’m indulging in the wind chimes and white noise.

Another tip is to find your people! I swear by it and will always offer that piece of advice to anyone. Everyone goes through their own struggles, but what helps me is knowing that I have people to confide in and lean on when it gets tough for me mentally, physically and emotionally. There’s quite literally nothing more enjoyable and calming than spending quality time with those that care about you.

Eat and drink in a way that prioritizes your health! Try implementing a balanced diet into your routine and I can guarantee that you’ll see a difference.

Also, taking the time to relax daily can help manage the stress you’re under. Practicing things like mindfulness, mediation and yoga are extremely helpful as well. There are a lot of phone apps and even YouTube channels dedicated solely to these practices.

Time management is also vital when dealing with stress. It can be hard to focus when your schedule is jam-packed and you’ve spread yourself too thin. Don’t over-commit yourself. Say yes to the opportunities that come your way, but remember the importance of saying no, too. Learn to take breaks when dealing with big projects. When you plan your time and assignments well you can afford to take a break here and there.

As a person who’s easily stressed, I could go on and on about tips I’d like to share, but most importantly, show yourself grace. It’s important to remember that your time here at Syracuse should be looked at as a marathon not a sprint. It’s important to realize you can’t always show up 100% for everything all at once. Being mindful of that goes a long way.

I hope these tips are helpful. Have a great rest of your semester. Finish strong!

Ambre Winfrey is a graduate student in the  magazine, news and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.

The Newhouse Network: Making the most of your connections

Katie Hopsicker

Time flies by as a graduate student. We’ve gotten through summer bootcamp, made great friendships and taken fall midterms. We don’t necessarily want to think about graduating yet, but it is so important to plan ahead. Networking is a great tool in order to get advice, learn about opportunities and cinch your dream job. Here are some tips:

Start now

Like I said, time flies. Spring and summer application deadlines are already fast approaching, and snagging an internship or making a valuable connection could be the first step to your career. The sooner you start networking, the more people you will meet, and more opportunities will be available to you. Make a list of your target companies and people you can reach out to who work there. Set up informational interviews to ask questions and get your foot in the door.

Visit the Career Development Center

The Career Development Center (CDC), located at 313 Newhouse 3, provides students with a variety of helpful resources. Not only is there an extensive database of alumni available, but also there are workshops to get every student ready for hire. Sign up for workshops like the Job Hunt Series or Résumé and Cover Letter Workshop, or drop by the office to ask questions. The resources at the CDC are endless and they offer a great support system throughout your job search.

Freshen up your LinkedIn and social media

LinkedIn is such a great tool to share your experience and brand. Make sure to connect with your classmates, professors and any recruiter or professional you meet and talk to. Add a picture, bio and make sure you have full descriptions within your experience—like a résumé. Additionally, take a look at your social media accounts. Many recruiters and hiring managers will look at your online presence before hiring you. Make sure you are proud of the way you represent yourself online.

Make friends

Talk and develop relationships with your classmates and professors; you never know who might set up a connection down the road. Creating friendships with your peers will not only make your time at SU more enjoyable, but your eyes will be opened to so many perspectives and opportunities. Ask your peers what classes they plan to take, what clubs they are joining and who they know. Putting yourself out there will open so many doors.

Always say thank you

Whether it’s a recruiter who just interviewed you, a professor who gave you an opportunity or a peer who helped you study for a test, always show your gratitude. It not only makes you feel good, but shows your character to the recruiter. Never underestimate the power of a thank you note.

Katie Hopsicker is a graduate student in the arts journalism and communication program at the Newhouse School.

What to do when family and friends visit

Writer Rebecca Meluch
Rebecca Meluch

When my sister first came to visit me in Syracuse, she did not want to leave. She fell in love with the campus and saw a glimpse of what Newhouse looked like. She even enjoyed walking up the excruciating hill that Falk College sits on just to take a picture. 

She splurged a little bit at the campus bookstore, buying enough SU merch that she might as well be a student here herself. 

When family and friends come to visit us in Syracuse, it may feel like there’s only so much to do. If you’re like me, hosting and entertaining for a weekend can feel quite stressful beforehand. Those who come to visit sometimes drive or fly hours to come see us—so we might as well make the best out of it.  

Truthfully, Syracuse has lots to offer for everyone who comes to visit, whether you’re older or younger, if you have a car or not, and whatever you and your visitor’s price ranges are. 

From my experience, there is a lot to do and a lot not to do

Don’t have homework standing in the way.

First, whenever you’re planning for family and friends to come visit, don’t make them sit around and wait as you hurry to finish an assignment. Sometimes homework and stories do come up when you’re a Newhouse student, but try your best to knock those out before your guests arrive, or maybe just save them until they leave or turn in for the night. 

Nobody wants to visit a college and actually see what the homework process is like. And similarly, when you have family and friends here to visit, you don’t want to be stuck thinking about a paper or story you have to finish. It’s meant to be a fun and relaxing weekend, so pre-plan your workload for before or after the visit. 

Unless say, your sister who comes to visit is an excellent proofreader, then do with that what you will. 

For the first meal in town, get takeout or go somewhere laid back and cheap.

After driving or flying hours to get to Syracuse, nobody wants to be on a time crunch to get to a reservation or wait for hours on a never ending waitlist. 

Visitors who come to see you may want to catch up for a little bit, wind down after their travels, put their feet up and relax. Getting takeout or eating at a restaurant or café with no lines allows you and your guests to take a breather and set your own pace for the weekend. 

Don’t ignore the weather forecast for the weekend.

Syracuse is well-known for its cold and snowy weather. Luckily we don’t have to deal with the snow right now. But the weather here can still be surprising to some—hot and muggy humidity, torrential downpours, bursts of wind. It’s best to warn your guests what to bring with them before they make a trip out here. Sometimes, the weather can be unpredictable. 

If the forecast for the weekend says it’s going to rain, odds are there will be rain. Make sure to plan what you do around the changing weather. Because this city has a climate like no other, prepare your guests to bring clothes and shoes that are diverse for both warm, dry, wet and cold weather conditions.  

Nothing dampers a trip more than trudging in puddles in the wrong shoes or sweating through thick fall sweaters.

But if the forecast calls for beautiful weather for the weekend, make sure to spend time outside with your guests, enjoy a meal sitting outdoors, take a day drive to the many wineries and breweries at the Finger Lakes, sit by Onondaga Lake Park or go to one of the outdoor festivals Syracuse hosts downtown. 

Pass the time on long waitlists by showing them around the area. 

One thing I’ve learned about the Syracuse dining scene so far is that it loves waitlists. It’s nearly impossible to book a reservation ahead of time at some of the city’s most popular restaurants: Pastabilities, Dinosaur Barbeque or Rise and Shine Diner.  

Often, waitlists can take hours and slow down as they get closer to your number. It’s best to have a plan set beforehand that makes the wait go quicker. Get on the waitlist an hour (or two) before you intend to get there. 

Take your guests on a small walking or driving tour of the downtown area. Head into the Sound Garden in Armory Square to pass the time looking at records. Browse around the McCarthy Mercantile and its several shops. Maybe score a seat at a restaurant or bar nearby the one you’re waiting to get a meal at, and have a cheap appetizer and refresh for a bit before the main course. 

Take your visitors on a small walk through campus before you make your way to Westcott. Or stop by in Boom Babies and do some browsing to pass the time. 

The worst thing to do is to make your guests feel like they’re waiting too as you refresh the waitlist. Keep them and yourself entertained before you get a table. 

Go to an SU sporting event.

I don’t know a lot about sports, but what I do know is that there are plenty of games to go to and watch each weekend. 

Currently, it’s the season for football, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey. If your guests are sports fans, going to a home game would be the perfect chance to show them around campus and pass a good amount of time out of the day. 

Before your friends and family arrive, search for games and events on campus they may be interested in and plan to get there and secure tickets in advance. 

Take them to the campus bookstore, or the Syracuse spirit shops on Marshall Street beforehand to buy a cheap T-shirt or SU gear so they can feel a part of the crowd and have something to remember the experience with. 

Show your visitors the spots that mean the most to you.

One of my favorite things about having friends and family visit is showing them the places that mean the most to me –– spots that I personally enjoy and keep to myself. 

There are certain things you feel like you have to do when showing visitors around campus and the city for the first time, like going to the well known places and excursions you think they may enjoy because mostly everyone else in the city enjoys them: Dinosaur Barbecue, Pastabilities, Destiny U.S.A, Armory Square and the Dome. 

Then there are things you want to do. These places are the types of places that you discovered on your own or places you regularly frequent. They can be coffee shops, boutiques, local parks, bars and restaurants—anywhere that you feel familiar with. 

While it’s important to go to and see some of the more typical, well-known Syracuse destinations, visits with friends and family are better when they’re personal and show a little bit about you and your experience here. 

Rebecca Meluch is a graduate student in the  magazine, news and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School