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.