June 11, 2015Hello! My name is Andrea Butchko and I am so excited to share my experience at Syracuse University's College of Engineering and Computer Science with you. I squeezed Syracuse for all it had to offer while I was a student. I was involved in University 100 (the tour guide group), Baptist Campus Ministries, the Cycling Club, and in my senior year, I was a Remembrance Scholar. Above all these experiences was my year serving as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter at Syracuse University. During that year, I led students on site tours to projects in the Syracuse area and volunteered at high school and middle school events centered around engineering. We also revitalized the Steel Bridge Team and took our completed bridge and presentation to the ASCE regional conference for the first time in nearly a decade. We lost the competition by a long shot, but I couldn't feel more proud of my team for restarting this exciting tradition. I graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in civil engineering. My dream after graduation had always been to move to New York City to live and work in a hub of engineering activity. I expressed this dream to Professor Sam Clemence one day, and the very next day he had a list of fellow alumni to reach out to who worked at prominent engineering companies in the NYC area. I started working at Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) in NYC in June of 2013 and could not be happier with this placement. I've been a part of the rehabilitation of subway tunnels damaged by Hurricane Sandy and the construction of the brand new subway line on the east side of Manhattan. The amazing experiences I've had through this job would not have been possible without the Orange connection I made through my amazing engineering professor. Whether you are a freshman, senior, or alumnus, my advice is to always do something that scares you. SU offers so many amazing clubs and organizations that allow you to step out of your comfort zone, while still being surrounded by incredible support. Even after graduation, the Orange connection is never far, and the opportunities that alumni can provide each other make for some pretty epic stories. If you have any questions about Syracuse or about the alumni life you can contact me at [email protected]. Go Orange!