Katy Quartaro ’18 joined the Marine Corps in 2008 with the goal of making the world a better place. Today she remains on her path with the help of Syracuse University’s student veteran resources.

Quartaro joined the Marine Corps in 2008 and took part in Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines, but never deployed to Afghanistan as she had hoped. “My goal was to make the world a better, safer place,” she says, and supporting counterterrorism efforts seemed like the best route to that. Along the way, she discovered a different path to understanding the psychology that leads to extremism and terrorism.

Quartaro took online psychology classes while stationed in Japan, Hawaii and the Philippines. After leaving the military, Quartaro hoped to continue her education and found that Syracuse University’s integrated major in forensic science and psychology was just what she wanted. Since Syracuse is the top-ranked private college for veterans, Quartaro found it even more appealing. “The people dedicated to helping student veterans offered more resources and guidance than I ever expected,” Quartaro says. “The network I’ve built because of the resources here has been so helpful, and I know the Veteran Career Services Office will help me when I am looking for jobs soon.”

Quartaro is proud to call herself a member of the Orange family. “Being Orange means becoming the very best version of yourself. It’s using the achievements of Syracuse alumni who have gone on to do amazing things as inspiration to do even more amazing things.”

Read the full story of what #BeOrange means to veteran Katy Quartaro.