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Four Questions with Student Advisory Council Member David Edelstein
The Student Advisory Council to the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, previously known as the Student Affairs Advisory Board, begins its third academic year providing counsel and input on key areas that impact the student experience.
To give a better perspective of what being a council member is like and why other students should apply, David Edelstein answered a few questions. Edelstein joined the Student Advisory Council his first year on campus. As a member of the Class of 2019, Edelstein is a broadcast and digital journalism major with a sports communications emphasis in the Newhouse School of Public Communications. Besides being a member of the Student Advisory Council, he is active in CitrusTV, WAER, Hillel and the badminton club
01How has the Student Advisory Council impacted your student experience?
The Student Advisory Council has definitely positively impacted my student experience. While I am on the council for the purpose of sharing my thoughts about Syracuse University life, diversity and inclusion, etc., I feel that I am actually gaining the same amount or more knowledge on these topics as I am contributing to the discussions. Also, on the council, I find myself surrounded by so many active, engaged and bright young adults that all have a passion to continually find ways to further improve the Syracuse University community. I feel that I know more about services and opportunities available on campus, that I have a group of people that I can connect with to make positive change and that I, too, am continually working toward building an even stronger community.
02What discussions from this past year did you feel were the most valuable and why?
I felt that each conversation the council had was important. Being a younger student these past two years as a freshman and sophomore, compared to some others in the room who had been at the University for an extra year or two than I, I felt I could contribute most to the conversations that I related to. Examples are first-year student orientation and RA meetings, food services, student center discussions and brainstorming, campus climate, accessibility on campus and DPS communications.
03Why is the Student Advisory Council important?
The Student Advisory Council is important because it connects University students and administrators and facilitates a channel of communication for both parties to hear each other, to know that both care and to work together to make positive change for Syracuse University.
04Why should students join the Student Advisory Council?
Students should join the Student Advisory Council because it will give them the opportunity:
- to positively impact their community;
- to work alongside and meet other engaged students who are passionate about what they do and are from diverse backgrounds;
- to learn more about what programs and services Syracuse University offers students;
- to get a better sense of Syracuse University’s values, and;
- to meet and work with Syracuse University staff who are excited to hear from students and make the SU experience and student services the best they can be.