Meet Jane Hong ′16
What is your major?
I am a senior majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and minoring in Political Science.
Where do you live in the Bay Area?
My family and I live in Castro Valley—a small town in the East Bay. I’ve lived there since I was about 8 years old! Before then, I grew up in Alameda.
Why did you choose to attend SU for your undergraduate degree?
After spending your entire life in one place, you start to wonder what else is out there. As much as I love the Bay Area and California, I wanted to challenge myself and go somewhere that made me uncomfortable. So I started doing some research specifically on colleges in the East Coast, and I somehow landed on Syracuse University’s homepage. It was love at first click. I virtually fell in love with the campus and the university, without even having stepped foot on it.
I also made the mistake of romanticizing the winter in Syracuse…I think I forgot that fluffy snow comes along with really, really, really cold temperatures.
When I received my acceptance letter, I couldn’t imagine spending four years of my life anywhere else. It’s been a love affair ever since.
What do you feel are SU's best qualities? What makes SU different…or what makes SU stand out?
Growing up, I had a lot of big dreams. I wanted to be an astronaut, one of mainstream music’s first Asian artists, an actress—the list goes on. And unfortunately, I had a lot of people who told me that my dreams were far too big and unobtainable.
But Syracuse University doesn’t believe in “impossible,” and the entire community has taught me that my dreams are anything but that. As a student, I have complete access to generations’ worth of knowledge through our accomplished alumni network, talented staff and faculty, and my fellow peers.
Another family being stronger than our Orange family?! Now THAT’S actually impossible.
What is it about your SU experience that has impacted you the most?
My first week on campus, I immediately got involved with the Student Association. I’ve been involved with student government since I was in elementary school; I knew that being a part of SA would help me feel more at home. Fast forward three years, and I’m now the organization’s vice president!
Though I have a history serving my student body, being a student leader at SU is a completely different experience. Administrators and departments are willing to listen to and work with students to create viable solutions. The SU community has inspired me to think critically of our institution because of how much we love and value it. The opportunity and responsibility to act forward will impact me for the rest of my life.
How have your SU experiences changed you?
Now that I’m in my senior year, I’ve definitely been getting nostalgic. Looking back at who I was before coming to Syracuse, I can see that I lacked a lot of the passion that I have now. My SU experiences taught me how important it is to empower people to share their stories. I’ve completely embraced my passion for people as a result, and am a changed person because of that.