Max Darrow ′16 Wins Scholarship
Max Darrow ’16, a native of Menlo Park, California, and a senior broadcast and digital journalism major in the Newhouse School, is the recipient of the 2015 Pete Wilson Scholarship. The scholarship, which is given by the Radio Television Digital News Association, was established in 2007 to honor the late Pete Wilson, a San Francisco television and radio journalist. The scholarship is granted to an undergraduate or graduate journalism student from the San Francisco Bay area or attending a college or university in the Bay Area who shares Wilson's commitment to ethical, responsible journalism.
A news reporter and anchor at Syracuse University’s CitrusTV, Darrow has held internships at KPIX-TV in San Francisco, WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, and KION-TV in Salinas, California. He recently shared some thoughts about his Syracuse University experience.
Why did you choose to attend SU for your undergraduate degree?
From the moment I stepped onto the campus, I knew it was where I wanted to spend my undergraduate career. From academics to athletics to the picturesque campus, how could one turn it down? There are so many different opportunities for students—a diverse selection of majors and minors, tons of clubs and extracurricular activities, great D1 sports teams, and a unique student body. For me, going to Syracuse was the whole package.
What do you feel are SU's best qualities?
One of the things that makes SU stand out to me is how tight-knit the university community is. One of the first things most people think about when they hear the word “Syracuse,” is terrible weather. And there’s no question about it, the weather can be pretty horrendous! But believe it or not, the incredible amount of snow and bitter cold that we all experience walking to class or waiting for that South Campus bus brings people together. We, the students, bond from it.
Something that also really stands out is the “Bleed Orange” saying. I’ve found it to be true that most alumni really do “Bleed Orange,” showing such a strong connection with SU.
What is it about your SU experience that has impacted you the most?
Being a part of so many different groups on campus, including academic groups and social groups, has probably had the biggest impact on me. From CitrusTV to my fraternity (Phi Delta Theta), my a cappella group (Otto Tunes) to my BDJ classes, they’ve all helped create an amazing SU experience. I’ve made some lifelong friends and really learn a lot from them.
How have your SU experiences changed you?
My SU experiences have made me a more confident and curious person, and will give me an incredible foundation of both professional and life skills to build upon moving forward. My professors have taught me so much and I’ve learned more than I ever would have imagined from my friends and classmates. I can definitely say I will forever “Bleed Orange.”