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Meet Scholar Goldie Gross from Baruch College

Posted By Amanda Lefer, Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2019

 

Goldie Gross is a JFEW Scholar in the UJA/CUNY Hillels program partnership and majoring in Art and Business at Baruch College. We checked in with her to see what she's been up to since then and here's what she had to say.

JFEW: What are you doing now?

GG: I got an internship at the American Dream in New Jersey. I'm working as an arts development intern, doing research into different art initiatives we can develop. It's very research-based right now so there's not much that I can tell you. Besides that, it's a very dynamic and exciting work environment. I am also volunteering as a curatorial assistant for the Jewish Art Salon's upcoming exhibition, Spinoza: Marrano of Reason. Additionally, I am the co-founder and jewelry-maker at Pidge BKLYN, a jewelry brand that I just started with a friend with help from an entrepreneurship grant from CQY. 

JFEW: What was one inspirational or memorable experience during your time as a JFEW Scholar?

GG: It's hard to pin down one inspirational or memorable experience. I've been very proactive about seizing opportunities, and with each opportunity comes a period of excitement and newness. I think my internships have been the highlight of my college career so far, along with the different grant programs I've applied for. The classes and workshops they offer are really fun and provide out-of-classroom experience with guidance and oversight, and of course internships provide crucial experience. 

JFEW: What advice do you have for current JFEW students?

GG: Some advice I would give to new students is to always actively seek opportunities. Going through a student life newsletter can be life-changing. Check out the different departments at your school and see what they have to offer. Find organizations that cater to individuals in your demographic and see if they offer any programming that can help you succeed. Tip-they will, and students should be proactive about applying for programs for which they might be a good candidate.

JFEW: What did the JFEW scholarship mean to you?

GG: The JFEW scholarship gave me the ability to take invaluable internships that I wouldn't normally have taken. The idea of working 9-5 unpaid, even at a company within my field, was very daunting and fiscally uncomfortable. I am privileged and thankful that JFEW was able to help make my summer internships an experience I looked forward to, instead of something I just pushed off until senior year. 

 

 

 

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Meet Scholar Rebecca Leger, Future Hygienist, from New York City College of Technology​

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Rebecca Leger is currently finishing up a degree in Biology at New York City College of Technology. We talked to her as she is finishing up the year about what it has been like for her as a JFEW Scholar.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

RL: One of the most meaningful lessons I have learned while in college is the importance of time management. When I first started school I was really bad at waiting for the last minute to study or write a paper. I made a promise to myself to start working and studying for things weeks in advance. That way I wouldn't have a lot of work to complete as the deadline or test approaches.

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of? 

RL: During my time in college, the thing I am most proud of is completing my bachelor’s degree in Biology in four years. This is important to me because when I was a freshman, my adviser told me I wouldn't graduate in four years because most people in this major don't. 

JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

RL: Being a JFEW Scholar has taught me to believe in myself and to work hard towards my goals despite the many obstacles that I have faced in my life. Being a JFEW Scholar means that I am paving a path in which many young girls may follow. As a scholar, I represent the progress for young women like myself to achieve their goals.

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

RL: I envision myself working as a hygienist providing quality health care to people in my community. I hope I will be able to help my brother finish his education.

 

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Meet Scholar Caroline Henein from New York City College of Technology

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2019


 

JFEW City Tech Scholar Caroline Henein is currently studying Radiology Technology at New York City College of Technology. She is getting her clinical training at Mount Sinai West. She's an inspiration. Not only is Caroline a student, she is also a mother. We talked to her about life as a student andher hopes beyond her degree.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

CH: Actually, I learned a lot about my major especially in the first semester. It was very hard. The most important lesson that I learned is to be prepared by reading the assigned chapters before coming to the lecture, asking questions, and time management.

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you most proud of? 

CH: The accomplishment that I feel most proud of is my lab practicum and my insistence on passing and completing the semester despite challenges which faced me. I am a mom, and it has been really hard to manage my time between children and college.

JFEW: What’s the most important thing you learned by participation in the JFEW program??

CH:  The most important thing that I learned by participation in the JFEW program is that we are all one family, and that we have to help each other. This program is here to help us.  For example, the program gives us extra hours to practice. Its efforts make us feel special.

JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

CH: A JFEW Scholarship means a lot to me, especially since I did not imagine that I could pass all these challenges in my life on my own. I really needed this kind of support morally and financially to complete and reach to this point.

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

CH: After graduation, I see myself passing the Radiology Technology certificate test, working in one of the best hospitals in New York, and preparing myself to complete my Bachelor’s Degree.

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Meet Scholar Anastasia Krasilnikova from Baruch College

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2019


JFEW CUNY HIllels Scholar Anastasia Krasilnikova is currently attending Baruch College. As a marketing major, she did her JFEW internship at KUDZOO where she worked on social media and content management.

We talked to Anastasia about what it has been like for her as a JFEW Scholar.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

AK: I have learned to take risk and put myself outside of my comfort zone.

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of?

AK: My greatest accomplishment has been starting my own club freshmen year of college and joining several other clubs. I’m also proud of finding support and resources through JFEW.

JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

AK: My internship in the summer gave me confidence and much needed skills to continue my professional career. I have also connected with several people in my field through workshops.

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

AK: I hope to have a stable job in my career field that will enable me to exercise my creativity and passion for social good.

 

 

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Meet Scholar Roseanna Torres from New York City College of Technology

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

 

 

JFEW Scholar Roseanna Torres is in the dental hygiene program at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). She says she owes so much of her success to the fact that she has had a mentor all along the way. By being open to radical changes and possibilities, her definition of success has never been clearer than it is now. She told us, “It's the feeling that you get when you have a positive impact on someone's life. Whether it is my patients, fellow students or coworkers - there is no greater feeling of success for me. It is this vision that has inspired me to pursue a higher level of education to eventually become a professor of dental hygiene instruction. “

We loved speaking to Roseanna. She’s an inspiration. Here are more snippets from our conversation about life as student and what her hopes are for beyond college.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

RS: The most meaningful lesson that I have learned while in college is that it is better to be valued than to be successful according to today's standards. I have been very fortunate to have great mentors available to me throughout my journey in the dental hygiene program. One of my mentors, who is both a clinical professor and instructor, has been an extremely influential part of my growth and development throughout the program. She has inspired me to further pursue my education and has shown me a world of possibilities for future career advancement beyond being a dental hygienist. She has also influenced me to redefine what being successful means to me.

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of? 

RS: Thus far, my greatest accomplishment during my time in college was being selected as the 2018-2019 NYDHA Student Delegate. NYDHA (New York State Dental Hygiene Association) is a chapter of the ADHA (American Dental Hygiene Association). NYDHA is a professional association that represents dental hygienists in New York State. They develop and maintain high standards for dental hygiene education, licensure and practice through legislative activity, ongoing education of dental hygienists, and collaborative endeavors with regulatory agencies and other professional associations.  I traveled to Syracuse for the award and was extremely grateful for this experience and very proud to represent City Tech's program.

JFEW: What’s the most important thing you learned by participating in the JFEW program?

RS: The most important thing that I learned by participating in the JFEW program is that I have an obligation to conduct myself with the highest level of professionalism attainable at all times and to lead by example. The JFEW summer internship program was a crucial part of my development as a clinician. I worked in a private dental practice where I had the privilege of being mentored by a highly skilled dental hygienist. Participating in this internship completely validated my career choice and even further fueled my passion for patient care. 

Being a JFEW scholar has been a great privilege that I am very proud of. 

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

RS: I plan to further my education by attaining my bachelor's and then master's degrees. I envision myself working as a clinician who is exposed to a wide variety of patients and who maintains the highest ethical standards for their care and treatment. I also plan on continuing to be an active member of NYDHA, hopefully eventually serving as a board member. The advancement of the dental hygiene profession is extremely important to me and I hope to be a part of its progression and positive change. Additionally, I hope to remain involved on some level with City Tech's dental hygiene department by helping to increase awareness of our clinic and supporting student clinician professional development. My long term goal is to become an educator and to hopefully have students of my own. If I can inspire just one student the way that I have been inspired, then I have certainly succeeded.

 

 

 

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Meet Scholar Jennifer Santos, Future Radiologist, from New York City College of Technology

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

 Jennifer Santos

Jennifer Santos, a current JFEW Scholar, goes to the New York City College of Technology where she is enrolled in the Radiology Program.

We talked to Jennifer about her current experience as a JFEW Scholar and what it means to her.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

JS: The most meaningful lesson I have learned during my college career thus far is that growth is uncomfortable and in order to become the greatest person I can be, I had to go through hard situations that would inevitably take me to the finish line, which is graduating college. Studying and pushing myself to stay above water when things were hard, going out of my way to sign up for scholarships and find internships, doing more than what was expected of me.Those things were uncomfortable but it was okay because I knew growth and success would come out of it. 

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of? 

JS: The accomplishment during my time in college I am most proud of is graduating with my Associate’s Degree and being able to get into the Radiology Program at City Tech! 

JFEW: What’s the most important thing you learned by participating in the JFEW program? 

JS: The most important thing I learned by participating in the JFEW program is that there are people who are here to help us and root for us as college students. We know that we should not be afraid to reach out when in distress or during times of confusion.

Being a JFEW scholar means a lot to me. It’s not only helping me out financially, it’s letting me know that I have advisors and people that care and want to see me achieve just as badly as I do . I feel involved and welcomed in a community. 

JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

JS: The scholarship helped me tremendously. Knowing that I had the support from all ends has kept me motivated. 

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

JS: When I graduate, I envision myself working as a Radiology Tech in a great hospital helping out and bettering, not only my patients but myself as a person. I hope to help people during the time they need it the most and further my education as much as possible at the same time! I want to continue on to getting my bachelors. 

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Meet Scholar Angel Lee from New York City College of Technology

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Angel Lee is studying dentistry at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). She is inspiring! Angel is pursuing her dream to become a dental hygienist when she graduates. She told us that it has been her dream since she was a little girl.

We caught up with Angel about her life as a JFEW Scholar and here is what she told us.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

AL: During my time in college, one of the most meaningful lessons that I have learned is to not let small matters ruin the bigger picture. Another saying is: don’t sweat the small stuff.  I cannot emphasize enough the importance of only controlling what I can and not stressing over things that are beyond my control.  While it is important to self-reflect and reassess the situation, I realized that it is unhealthy to beat myself up for something that had already happened. 

For example, if I did not do as well as I hoped on an exam, I should not dwell on my marks – but instead, I should focus on how to do better on the next exam.  The bigger picture is to use what I learned in the academic setting and apply it to the “real world.”  It is more crucial to attain a skill set and build an enjoyable career path than dwell over an exam score.    

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of?

AL: While I am very proud of my academic achievements in a rigorous program, I am most proud of the friends and connections I’ve made during my time in college.  As a dental hygiene student, I was constantly juggling classes, clinic, exams, deadlines, program requirements, etc.  I was stressed and overwhelmed, but I have persevered and am now looking forward to my final semester as a dental hygiene student.  Not only did it take my personal efforts to get to this point, but I also relied on my family, friends, and peers to achieve my goals.  My dental hygiene friends are my biggest support system and kept me grounded.  We created a bond through studying, laughing, and stressing together.  Years later, I hope to remember more fond memories of friendship than the rigor of studying and sleepless nights. 

JFEW: What’s the most important thing you learned by participating in the JFEW program (the scholarship, workshops and/or internships)? What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

AL: Through the JFEW program, I learned that I am not alone; I am financially and professionally supported by the JFEW team.  As a JFEW Scholar, I was very fortunate to be able to intern at a hospital’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department.  I was able to work with patients who needed dental hygiene services and see how dentists and oral surgeons work in a hospital setting.  The most rewarding experience is to hear patients’ encouraging and positive remarks after working with them.  I learned that patients do not only value the professionals’ skill set, but they also value the professionals’ sincerity and care. If the healthcare provider treats patients with empathy and kindness, then patients will be more compliant.  However, if the patient does not feel respected despite the healthcare provider’s high skill set, then the patient will be unhappy regardless. 

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

 AL: After I graduate, I wish to obtain my professional license and begin my career as a registered dental hygienist.  I want to educate the population of the connection between dental hygiene and systemic health and its importance and use my skills and knowledge togive back to the community and serve those in need.  Additionally, after graduation, I wish to enjoy my life a bit more – since I have spent most of my time with my textbooks during the school years.  I hope to spend more time with my loved ones and travel more. 

 

 

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Meet Scholar Estie Szczupakiewicz from the College of Staten Island

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

 

 

Estie Szczupakiewicz goes to the College of Staten Island (CSI) where she is studying English and Linguistics. Her internship was at Children at Play on Staten Island. She is very active in the Jewish community, both here and in Israel. 

We talked to Estie about her current experience as a JFEW CUNY Hillel Scholar and what it means to her.

 

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

 

ES: To never take anything personally. Professors might say things that can be hurtful, but it is important to not take it personally and stay professional. That may sound weird, but I was a sensitive person for a while and took everything personally. I used to think that professors would think I was “dumb.” But then I realized that I can’t take it all so personally and I’ve been able to be myself more. 

 

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of? 

 

ES: I worked closely with my professor in the CSI motor speech lab and became her assistant.

 

JFEW: What’s the most important thing you learned by participating in the JFEW program? 

 

ES: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. During my internship I learned a lot from asking a lot of questions. 

 

JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

 

ES: Support being a JFEW Scholar. The scholarship also helped me tremendously. Knowing that I had the support from all ends has kept me motivated. 

 

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

 

ES: I hope to get my Masters in Speech Language Pathology. I am also considering a PhD one day. 

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Congratulations to JFEW Scholar, Stephanie!

Posted By Jamie Spence, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

 

JFEW Scholar Stephanie Roffe recently graduated from Stern College! We asked her about her most proud accomplishments in college and she said, "There are so many things I am proud I accomplished in the past few years. I majored in Math. I participated in amazing microbiology and biotechnology research. I played soccer. And the list goes on and on. Many of these experiences were only made possible by The Foundation and I am very grateful for the generosity." 

Stephanie we are so proud of you and all you have accomplished, and we can't wait to see what is next! 

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Congratulations to our Scholar, Kanupriya!

Posted By Jamie Spence, Wednesday, July 18, 2018


 

JFEW Scholar Kanupriya Pandey graduated from Binghamton University this May! Kanupriya says that her most proud accomplishment while at school was the opportunity she was given to intern at the Clinton Foundation and to meet former President Clinton. She says, "This internship was arranged as part of my JFEW-SUNY Summer Internship, and it was a really meaningful experience for me. I made some amazing connections, and meeting a former U.S President was absolutely surreal, and a major privilege." 

In addition to filling us in on her exciting achievements, Kanupriya also left some great advice for incoming college students, "Be resilient. You're going to face some challenges a long the way, be pushed out of your comfort zone, and have to confront some things you aren't use to. Sometimes things will all work out well in the end, and sometimes they won't. It's important to not let it stop you. Resilience isn't something you're born with, but rather something you develop over time." 

Congratulations Kanupriya, we can't wait to see where you will go next!  

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