Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Sydney completed her undergraduate studies in anthropology and political science at Union College in Schenectady, New York. At Union, Sydney helped found the university's first student-led consent education committee. She was also an avid activist for sexual assault prevention and served as a student representative for the non-profit Party With Consent and as a Residential Advisor. Sydney is currently enrolled as an M.S.e.d. student in the Higher Education Division at Penn's Graduate School of Education.