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For our Scholars, success in college is only the beginning. Our alumnae are hardworking and driven women at the forefront of their fields. Whether they have continued on to higher academic pursuits, launched careers across the professional spectrum, or are doing something entirely different, they inspire us every day! If you are a JFEW alumna, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at info (at) jfew (dot) org to let us know what you're up to.

 

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Meet Alumna Olga Gorokhovskiy from City Tech

Posted By Amanda Lefer, Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Olga Gorokhovskiy is a recently graduated JFEW Scholar from the dental hygiene program at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

We caught up with Olga about her life as a Scholar in the JFEW City Tech program. 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?

OG: Being in the dental hygiene program was not the first college experience for me. But this is the first time when I get to be not only a student, but a wife and a mom at the same time. And I need to say it is quite a challenge to manage. The program taught me several very meaningful lessons, but the two main ones are to  always keep focused on your goal and manage your time, efforts and inner resources accordingly to be sure you can go the distance and second, how unbelievably valuable the support of friends and family is when you go after a dream.

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

OG: During my time in the program, I consider my greatest accomplishment the fact that I was not only good enough to get in and keep up, but also being good (and lucky) enough to qualify for a scholarship and two separate internships in the process.

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

OG: In addition to the absolutely invaluable hands-on clinic experience I was exposed to through my internship (as part of the JFEW program), I learned the importance of support in helping me achieve my goals and prove to myself and everyone that I’m not only a wife and a mother, but also an educated, valuable professional with so much potential. I am extremely grateful to JFEW for the opportunity I was given to help develop my potential energy into “kinetic” energy and move towards my goals.

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

OG: I want to work as a full-time dental hygienist after graduation. I want to get as much clinic experience as I can. 

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Meet Alumna Anna Reich, Future Lawyer

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Sunday, September 1, 2019
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Anna Reich was a JFEW Scholar at Brandeis University where she pursued History and Education Studies. While a student, she did her internship at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County in New Jersey.

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

AR: Don't try to stick yourself in a box. There's a reason why so many Brandesians go after more than one major. Part of being human and all of the complexity that goes along with that is our versatility, and you never know what else about yourself you might discover if you keep your mind open.

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

AR: How I've grown. I'm much bolder than I used to be, more able to put myself out there and get more done.

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

AR: Many parts of the JFEW program were important to me. It's difficult to choose one thing. The scholarship definitely helped alleviate the financial burden of attending Brandeis. It was also great having a group of supportive peers and mentors. To me, being a JFEW Scholar means being part of a group of young Jewish women who support each other. The internship might have been the most important, since it helped me develop useful skills and to solidify my choice of major.

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate?

AR: I graduated recently and am currently working at a law office. I'm working on law school applications and hoping to go into either family advocacy or intellectual property law.

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Meet Alumna Stephanie Roffe, Budding Dentist at Stern College of Dental Medicine

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Sunday, June 30, 2019
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Alumna Stephanie Roffe recently graduated from Stern College where she studied dentistry. Her JFEW internship was at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health, a collaboration of creative thinkers who share a singular focus of advancing science to prevent disease and cure patients.

We talked to Stephanie about her experience as a JFEW Stern Scholar and what the experience meant to her.

JFEW: What are you up to now?

SR: I am currently a first year dental student at Touro College of Dental Medicine. 

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college?

SR: There are so many things I accomplished in the past few years. I majored in math. I participated in amazing microbiology and biotechnology research. I played soccer. The list goes on and on! Many of these experiences were only made possible by JFEW, and I am very grateful for their generosity.

JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college?

SR: One of my proudest moments was presenting my research at SURGE (Student Undergraduate Research Group Exchange). I was tasked with presenting dense information concisely and clearly to a room full of people. This was my first time speaking to such a large crowd, and I thought my nerves would get the best of me. After my presentation, I was so proud of myself. I felt that I was able to make a complicated topic that many people may not find interesting into a riveting clear presentation, all while overcoming my nerves. 

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

SR: When I began college, JFEW provided me with a support system full of peers and advisors. Additionally, the program encouraged me to do summer research and then facilitated it by providing me with a stipend so that I was able to fully dedicate myself. The Foundation's generosity also gave me the opportunity to attend the annual AMA/MAA conference in San Diego last year, which was a once in a lifetime experience. 

 

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Meet Alumna Nicole Krushtul and Learn How She Has Taken Compassion into the World

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

 

Nicole Krushtul completed her work at CUNY Hunter College this past spring, where she was a JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar and studied Political Science and Public Policy. After college, she lived in Australia and is now participating in the New York City Urban Fellows Program, a leadership development program for young professionals interested in urban policy, local government, and public service.

We chatted with Nicole about her experiences as a JFEW Scholar.

JFEW: What was the most meaningful lesson that you learned while in college?

NK: The most meaningful lessons I learned through college is that although the world can be overwhelmingly complex and frightening, each and every one of us is capable of standing up for what we believe in. One of my heroes once said, “Let the ideas in your mind be fueled by the conviction in your heart.” The world faces many challenging problems, but there are also many ways we can create a collective impact. Throughout my time in college, I learned about individuals, communities, organizations, and institutions that fought against injustice and inequality. Programs like JFEW's Eleanor Roosevelt scholarship and the Public Policy Program interwove the knowledge, hope, and compassion inside the classroom that I hope to take out into the world. 

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew when you were a freshman?

NK: When I was a freshman, I wish I knew how important it was to take advantage of the resources at Hunter. Most professors are dedicated to imparting their knowledge — whether about their subject expertise or their personal journeys — to help create a new generation of leaders. Mentorship can go a long way, and establishing close connections with professors and advisors is crucial.

JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college?  

NK: There are many personal accomplishments I am proud of from my time at Hunter, but most importantly, I find myself constantly proud of my peers. Hunter College is a school of dedicated, passionate students. Many work one or two part-time jobs and still thrive in their classes. Some of them are the main caretaker in their families. Some struggled to navigate the landscape of higher education as the first in their family to go to college. I am grateful to have met fellow students who challenged, inspired, and motivated me. 

 

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Meet Alumna Maria Grima, Ocean Policy Expert

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Maria Grima recently graduated from Stony Brook University where she was a JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Scholar. She studied Environmental Studies with minors in Marine Sciences and Geospatial Science.

Maria has a keen interest in global environmental sustainability, and it is clear that is where her future will take her. We asked her about life as a JFEW Scholar and her plans for the future.

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

MG: Confidence is key. Once you start believing in yourself, other people will start to! If this is something you have trouble with, start improving your self-care regimen. Doing nice things for yourself will help you love yourself more, even if you only start out by giving yourself enough sleep. When you're well-rested, you're able to focus on giving off fierce vibes instead of scrambling to remember all of your responsibilities. 

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

MG: This is a tough one! I think it's probably the fact that I took advantage of all of the immersive learning experiences that I could. I attended field schools in the deserts of Kenya, on the water at Southampton, and in the rainforests of Madagascar. I was able to participate in the JFEW SUNY program and get exposed to the inner workings of the UN through field trips, guest speakers, and internships.  Each experience built upon the previous, and I was able to graduate with a wealth of knowledge in both global affairs and environmental and marine science. Actually DOING things instead of just hearing about them gave me the ability to confidently say that I knew how to do something, and as I mentioned earlier, confidence is key!

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

MG: I can't even begin to explain all of the important things I learned through the entirety of JFEW-SUNY program, but I can say that all of the lessons I learned were the hard way, and that was important for building character! Through various opportunities and mentorships, JFEW-SUNY gave me a medium to experiment with professionalism for the first time, and allowed me to make mistakes in a controlled environment before heading out in the real world. 

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

MG: To me, being a JFEW SUNY Scholar means that you are a woman who has worked very hard to get to where she is, and will use the skills gained from the program to work very hard to get where she intends to go. 

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate?

MG: I have already graduated with a bachelor's degree, and I am currently working at my former JFEW-SUNY internship site, Ocean Sanctuary Alliance! With the connections I've received through the original internship, I've been helping to conduct world-class ocean research and restoration both locally and internationally. Next year, I aspire to work towards an M.S. in Marine Science and eventually influence ocean policy in the capitol. 

 

 

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Meet Alumna and Program Manager of the JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Leadership Program Elianny Moronta Espinal

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Elianny Moronta Espinal is currently the Program Manager of the JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Leadership Program for the SUNY Office of Global Affairs, of which she is a proud Alum. She attended SUNY at Stony Brook and graduated this past spring with a dual major in Theater Arts and Psychology.

Elianny is the first person in her family to graduate from college. She credits her memorable undergraduate experience to not just one person, but many.

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college? 

EME: I met a lot of people who inspired me: a professor who made it easier for me to follow my dreams and declare my major; people during my time away (on exchange to Florida, and abroad in Florence) who changed my life in ways that I did not know could be possible. But by far, one of my most memorable experiences was during my senior year, when I wrote and directed a play focused on my grandmother's journey to the U.S. and her efforts to get my mom (and by association, me) to New York to provide a better future for me. The story resonated with the people that came to see it because, in part, it was their story too - a story of betterment, of hardships overcome. 

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew then that you knew now? 

EME: Things change. People go away. That does not mean you are still not going to be friends. Post-grad life is hard - especially when you are still searching for job opportunities. It is okay if it happens to you. It doesn't make you any less valuable. 

JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college? 

EME: The impression I left in the people that have become part of my life, and maybe knowing that I changed something, inspired something, and helped make things better. Also, the fact that I managed to graduate in three years and become the first one in my family to do so, and finding myself in the process – that was a big deal for me.

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you? 

EME: It helped me open some doors that I thought were closed for me due to my status (a Permanent Resident as opposed to a U.S. Citizen, which hinders some of the opportunities I would like to pursue). It showed me that there is something I can do, whether it is through a movement created by me or by working at an organization whose mission and vision align with my own and what I seek to do in the world. It allowed me to travel part of the world and broaden my horizons as an emerging global leader. The scholarship also introduced me to people who could be my allies in changing things in the future. It did too many things for me to list, and I am always grateful for it.

 

 

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Meet Alumna Morgan DiCarlo, PhD at NC State in Civil Engineering and Computing Systems

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Friday, April 26, 2019
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Morgan DiCarlo is an alumna at SUNY Stony Brook, where she was a JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Scholar. She graduated from Stony Brook in 2016 and received her MS from Virginia Tech in 2018.

Morgan is currently pursuing a PhD in engineering. We caught up with her to find out more about what she is doing now and her reflections on being a JFEW Scholar.

JFEW: What are you doing now?

MD: I am currently getting my PhD at North Carolina State in Civil Engineering and Computing Systems. In 2018, I was selected for a prestigious, $150,000 National Science Foundation fellowship that funds my research on how information spreads among the public, engineers, and policy makers in a flooding event like Hurricane Florence.

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college?

MD: One of my most memorable experiences in college was teaching small classes of high school women in engineering topics. I worked with girls on bridge building, computer modelling and filtering water. Every class I taught challenged me to learn the topic more deeply, because girls are just full of insightful questions when given the space to be themselves. I think this was an important lesson. Even though I still needed a lot of mentoring myself, I knew enough to begin making the changes I wished to see in the world, namely, recruiting more women to my field. The Civil Engineering Outreach Program I started in 2013 has since graduated over 100 girls and was featured on Nature Magazine's long list for the Innovating Science award. 

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew then that you knew now?

MD: I wish I had realized that NO ONE has it all figured out. I remember thinking at times that there was so much unknown to me; particularly that I had so few examples of women in STEM or family members who could elucidate the graduate school process. Keep in mind that every single college student is navigating big decisions for the first time, and even if you lack certain advantages in academia, there are a lot of resources (including programs like JFEW) to seek out.

 JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college? 

MD: As a senior in college, I conducted a research project on water conservation and was selected as the student winner of the Disney Imagineering Innovation contest. I flew to Los Angeles and delivered a talk on the importance of water management to Disney executives (2016). All the extra time needed to conduct an independent study for this competition would not have been possible without the financial support I received from JFEW. 

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

MD: The JFEW Program in International Relationship and Global Affairs supported me for two years at SUNY Stony Brook. The scholarship was absolutely life changing for me. The award allowed me to focus on school full time; otherwise I would have to work part-time. Because of the flexibility and time afforded by financial support, I accomplished so much in my time as a undergraduate, including giving a TEDx talk called Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers” and being named one of America's Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering. JFEW also helped me get an internship with SUEZ, one of the largest global water companies.


 

 

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Meet Alumna Keren Darzi, Future Clinical Pharmacist

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Keren Darzi graduated from Long Island University (LIU), where she studied pharmacy and health sciences.

We talked to Keren about her experience as a JFEW LIU Scholar and here is what she had to say.

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

KD: One of the most meaningful lessons that I learned personally is to always try; no matter how hard the curriculum is, or if there are hurdles, I always tried to put myself out there where, even if I fall, I at least have gained the tools to get back up again even better than before! Also, reaching out and learning that I do not have to face a certain obstacle alone, especially through the outreach and support of JFEW.

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

KD: My proudest accomplishment was being awarded the prestigious honor of Who's Who Among Students. Over the past four years, I dedicated myself to both academic achievements and pharmacy leadership through hard work and diligence. As vice-president of both the Rho Chi Academic Honors Society and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, I have worked efficiently as a member of a team. As a proactive leader; this includes committing myself to expanding community outreach, peer tutoring, and organizing a mentor and mentee matching program. As a peer tutor and runner up at the local APHA [American Public Health Association] counseling competition for the past two years, I gained an effective skill set in combining clinical knowledge with practical involvement.

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

KD: Participating in the JFEW program allowed me to meet others with varying backgrounds yet similar, unifying goals. With the help of JFEW, I feel that I probably would not have met accomplished young Jewish women with the shared desire to thrive and succeed. Being a part of a community that is larger than myself will forever link me with those whose education is a cornerstone in valuing achievement and personal growth while never forgetting the immigrant background that allowed me to reach my own potential. It's my goal to return to the JFEW community, whether financially or through volunteerism. It gave me so much, including a feeling of safety, peace of mind, and shared connectedness.

JFEW: What are you doing now?

KD: Upon completion of a post-graduate residency opportunity, I plan to pursue specialized training in oncology or critical care. Moreover, my long-term goal is to become board certified, and pursue a career as a practiced clinical pharmacist involved in scholarly research. With the generous support  from JFEW, I can now envision this dream a possible reality.  Another long-term goal of mine is to volunteer and contribute the spirit of generosity and kindness that JFEW has instilled in me.

 

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Meet Alumna Emily Nocito, Recipient of the Millennium Oceans Prize

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Emily Nocito is a graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook, where she majored in Coastal Environmental Sciences, with a minor in Ecosystems & Human Impact.

We talked to Emily about what she is doing now and what her experience as a JFEW Scholar meant to her.

JFEW: What are you up to?

EN: I am currently a PhD student at University of Colorado- Boulder, in their Environmental Studies program. While here, I am studying International Ocean Governance, with my focus on Antarctica. I am also a Graduate Teacher's Assistant for my department.

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college?

EN: During my third year, I suffered a major loss. I was inspired by the way that my friends and the Stony Brook community came out to support me and others affected by my loss. From small things like just checking in to the understanding of my professors when I was struggling in class, their kindness and support still inspires me to this day. 

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew then that you knew now?

EN: Learn to manage your time and it will save you a ton of stress... and headaches!

JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college? 

EN: This is hard! Probably receiving the Millennium Oceans Prize, which allowed me to start my own organization surrounding youth involvement in ocean conservation.

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

EN: I got to meet the most fantastic and inspirational women who to this day, I am still grateful to call my friends.

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Meet Alumna Anika Michel, a Graduate of the JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

 


Anika Michel is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and was a JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Scholar. She is currently working as a Language Center Assistant at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City.

We talked to Anika about her experiences as a JFEW Scholar, her proudest accomplishment in college, and what her most memorable experience was. Here is what we found out.

JFEW: What was the most inspirational or memorable experience that you had while in college?

AM: The most memorable experience that I had while at Binghamton was my semester studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. During my junior year, I studied at the Universidad de Salamanca, a time in which I lived with a host family that spoke no English – making it absolutely necessary that I speak Spanish and became more fluent. I also made friends from Spain and from other parts of the world. I improved my Spanish and I learned a great deal about Spanish culture. I also learned a great deal about myself and what I wanted out of my future career. I realized that I wanted a career that would be in some way linked to international relations and developing cross-cultural connections.

JFEW: What do you wish that you knew then that you knew now?

AM: I wish that during college, especially during my last year of college, I wasn’t so worried about what I was going to do after graduation. I now know that life is going to give you the position or job that you want in due time. I would tell my younger self that it’s important to trust your skills and experience thus far, and believe that good opportunities are on the horizon.

JFEW: What was your proudest accomplishment during your time in college? 

AM: One of my proudest accomplishments was getting accepted into the JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Program. The program really introduced me to the field of International Affairs and gave me the foundation to pursue professional opportunities in the field, as well as a graduate degree in the field. I received my Master's in International Relations from Columbia University in 2018. The monthly seminars and the summer internship that the JFEW SUNY Program provided gave me an understanding of the different aspects of foreign policy, as well as the role of women in global affairs.

JFEW: How did your scholarship help you?

AM: The JFEW scholarship was a tremendous help. As someone who comes from a single-parent household, financing my college education depended on student loans, financial aid, and my work-study job. So gaining the scholarship really benefited me in helping to ease the burden of having to borrow extra loans to finance my education. I am very grateful to have had it during my time as an undergraduate student.

 

 

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