Featured Senior Series: Ryan Breslin
Ryan Breslin, a four-year senior at Suffolk University, has really taken advantage of his time here to say the least. From being the leader of Suffolk’s only a capella group, the Ramifications, to being a Resident Assistant (RA) for three years, Ryan has done some incredible things. Best of luck to you and your endeavors Ryan in the real world, Suffolk will miss you!
The Suffolk Voice: What comes to your mind when you look back on your time at Suffolk?
Ryan Breslin: Looking back, I am happy with what I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished. What really stuck with me all my four years here was what Jessica Ross said at my Freshman Convocation and was something like, “Anyone you want to talk to or get to know just do it, because when you don’t and look back on your four years you’ll regret not putting yourself out there.”
TSV: What do you think stands out the most of what you have done at Suffolk?
RB: Being a part of the Rams. From being just a member of the group to becoming its leader. Also representing Suffolk as an RA has really helped me get to know people. Another thing was working as a work-study in the mail room in Donahue, helped me get to know Suffolk, adjust to the campus and expand my involvement with the school.
RB: It was a taste of what the real world would demand of me. It was like an everyday job because we are putting out stories on a real newscast to Suffolk and to the Boston community. I was also able to do an internship at Channel 7 News.
TSV: You were a Resident Assistant for three of your four years, what was that like?
RB: I heard about what an RA was from my sister, and I liked the idea of what it was. There was something about being an RA that really appealed to me to because it would give me the big responsibility to be a part of the Suffolk community. I’ve had a great three years here and I have been able to work at three of the four resident halls Suffolk has [because Modern and West are considered separate dorms.]
TSV: Tell me a little bit more about your time being a part of the Ramifications.
RB: Freshman year I got in, I was one of three kids that did that year. I was nervous to be a part of a student group, and a group of students that were already close with one another. My junior year I became group leader. I take pride in representing Suffolk in a different way, through the Rams. We got to travel to other schools, and sing at a Celtics game. We get to be ourselves and share our joy and love of music to everyone else, while representing Suffolk. They’re a family to me here at Suffolk. Just like most students find in the organizations they are involved in. That’s why I think it’s so important to get involved. You find your real support system and have people that care about you the way you care for them. I know the Rams support me in everything I do and I can always count on them to be there for me no matter what. I think that’s what’s so special about the Rams for me and that’s what’s special about being active on campus.
RB: It’s the real world. I am excited because I got the experiences I wanted out of college so I feel like I’m ready to start the next chapter of my life. I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I’m ready to pursue it. (Being a news reporter)
TSV: How do feel about leaving Suffolk after being here four years, having to say goodbyes and start a new chapter of your life?
RB: Leaving Suffolk will be bittersweet for me. I feel like transitioning from high school to Suffolk you have to reinvent yourself or reintroduce who you are to others. I never thought that at Suffolk I could make so many great friends and really be who I wanted to be. I could be walking down the streets and see almost ten people I know. Leaving Suffolk I feel like I can leave my mark and have a sense of accomplishment. I know that I am going to miss it all when I leave, but I’ve done what I wanted to do and it’s time for me to move on.
TSV: Do you have anything to say to incoming freshman or to Suffolk students in general?
RB: Make Suffolk the school you want it to be. It’s easy to look at the negatives sometimes, but always remember to have pride in the fact that you go to Suffolk and that you have so many great opportunities here at school and in the real world. Also, don’t forget to sleep!