Study abroad, living-learning community enrich student’s life

20160330-2_Syfrain Dave FACES_22Dave Syfrain

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY, by way of Haiti
Majors: French, Business
Minor: Communication
Expected Graduation Date: 2017
Clubs/Organizations (if applicable):
— Business Association Student of Color
— International Student Union
— French Club

Study Abroad
Université de Franche Comté (Spring 2016)

EOP Travel Grant
SUNY Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship
Global Kids Scholarships

Why New Paltz?

When I got to the campus, I just fell in love with it. The atmosphere and landscape somewhat reminded me of my hometown in Haiti.

Why was it important to you to study abroad?

Studying abroad is one of the most interesting experiences one can have. You can discover things about yourself, develop your leadership, develop orientation skills, and more. The program I completed in France was unique because it was composed of eight weeks of classes and eight-and-a-half weeks of internships.

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Dave and one of his roommates in the Romance Languages Living-Learning Community.

How have you benefited from participating in the Romance Languages Living & Learning Community?

The community increases my interest in learning other languages, as I am exposed to several of them that I want to undertake. For instance, a few of my roommates are native Spanish speakers and it’s natural for them to converse in Spanish, which allows me to pick up some of their vocabulary.

What are your personal goals for the future?

I have many professional goals. I’m looking forward to apply to become an EOP liaison and Student Activities Manager here at New Paltz.

What/who has been your favorite course and/or professor at New Paltz? 

I’ve had many wonderful teachers, but surprisingly, my favorite class and professor – “Intro to Acting” with Lauren Bone Noble – are not part of my business major.