For New Paltz senior Elizabeth Golding, communication is not only the key to life, it is her life.
Elizabeth’s arrival at New Paltz marked the first time she had been separated from her twin sister Ashley. The two had decided to pursue different interests at different colleges. Elizabeth came to New Paltz to study communication disorders, while her sister went to another college to study fashion merchandising.
“The separation wasn’t that hard, because we knew it was time to go our own ways in life,” Elizabeth said. “We definitely call each other all the time though.”
Elizabeth focused on her education as a way to ease the transition to college without her sister.
She has even found a way to share the knowledge she has gained in the classroom and through working in the campus’s Speech-Language and Hearing Center to connect with her family. Elizabeth has taught her grandmother, who has trouble hearing, American Sign Language.
“It helps me to have the language become part of my communication system,” said Elizabeth, who hopes to use her talent for sign language in a classroom setting.
Elizabeth’s involvement in the world around her has grown since she arrived at New Paltz. She is the vice president of her sorority, Alpha Nu, the New Paltz chapter of the national sorority Delta Phi Epsilon. She is also the public relations officer for New Paltz’s chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.
“It is important to me to practice good values of being a good person to those around me and showing good citizenship,” she said.
The art of summer: Elizabeth spent her summer working as the arts and crafts director at Sports Time, a sports camp in her hometown of Kings Park, N.Y. “Arts and crafts have been a hobby my whole life and being able to do projects I enjoy made it all so much fun.”
Eye of the beholder: She loves to take pictures of scenic landscapes and people. “I love capturing a moment and finding the beauty in what’s been taken.”