Student perspective: top 5 reasons to #StayinCNY

By Kathryn Banzer, Sophomore at Syracuse University

Last Friday, I left the comforts of the SU Hill to venture out to the city of Syracuse. Courtesy of SU Career Services, seventeen other students and I had the opportunity to meet with Syracuse alumni and professionals who work, live and play in the CNY area (CNY = Central New York). Our tour included visits to O’Brien & Gere, Eric Mower and Associates, KS&R and to the Tech Garden to meet with the Downtown Committee. In between all of the networking and exploring, we dined at Lemon Grass – one of the finest restaurants in Armory Square.

Our group at O'Brien & Gere

This experience opened my eyes to the job opportunities, living options and social activities available in the CNY region. All of these factors make it an attractive place to settle down after graduation, although it is typically overlooked. Prior to this event, staying in Syracuse past May 2014 didn’t cross my mind, but after exposure to the employment, food and fun available in this city, I am reconsidering. I’ve narrowed it down to the top five reasons to #StayinCNY.

1. Chance to work for some of the country’s leading companies

Eric Mower and Associates, O’Brien and Gere and KS&R are all top-notch companies that rank very highly in their respective fields. In all of these workplaces, you’ll find a refreshing environment with a young staff and plenty of SU pride. Each of these businesses is growing and will prosper in the years to come.

2. Cheap(er) rent

Once May rolls around, recent grads are packing their bags and heading to the nation’s largest cities. With this comes an entry-level job and an expensive (yet tiny) apartment on top of those student loans! The cost of living is significantly lower in CNY, where you can live in a newly renovated apartment downtown or in one of the spacious surrounding suburbs for a much lower price. With the extra cash, one can enjoy…

3. Delectable food and chic shopping

Dessert at Lemon Grass!

In Armory Square alone, almost every ethnic cuisine is represented. From Italian to Japanese and Mediterranean, you can’t go wrong! Especially delicious is Lemon Grass, an upscale Thai dining establishment that serves authentic food, presented beautifully.  And who could protest a little post-meal shopping? The downtown area is chock-a-block with stylish boutiques and shops. Want more? The Carousel Mall is only a bus ride – or Creek Walk – away.   The Downtown Committee, a nonprofit, professional management organization, is also instrumental in ensuring that the region maintains a strong image while continuing to grow and develop.

4. Events, events and more events!

Although the weather can be gloomy and snowy for a significant chunk of the year, Syracuse still finds ways to entertain. Whether it is the New York State Fair in late August, the Guinness Syracuse Irish Festival in September, an SU basketball game or even an event at the Everson Art Museum, there is always something happening.

5. Location, location, location

Syracuse is only a short flight or few-hour drive from metropolitan centers like Toronto, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia!

Many thanks to SU Career Services for coordinating this event and an extra special thanks to Shannon Feeney and Kim Brown for showing us around and providing us with advice. #StayInCNY was a success!