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Dariana Almeyda

This summer, I worked as a Resident Assistant for Columbia University’s Summer High School Program through the School of Professional Studies. I had two major roles through my time with the program: being a resident assistant for my assigned high school students, and working on a team with other interns to help aid in the function of the program on the whole. For the first three weeks of the high school program, I was a Course Helper for a college English course that helped students refine their writing and reading skills. During the last three weeks, I worked on the Academic Skills team- facilitating workshops for the students to attend along with providing tutoring in various subjects throughout the day. My experience with Columbia was unforgettable - I got to meet other people my age, with similar career paths, from all over the world. The best part, hands down, was getting to know my students. Each one of my residents came from a different part of the world, and yet they were all so similar at the same time. I think I learned more from them than they learned from me. I would recommend this internship to anyone looking to learn more about, and potentially pursue, a career in student affairs and residence life!


Kyle Dayton

This summer I took part in the Misasa International Student Internship Program 2018 (MISIP) at the Institute of Planetary Materials in Misasa, Japan. During this project I was one of six interns from around the world at the Pheasant Memorial Laboratory. Together we analyzed Chondrules from Carbonaceous Chondrites using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), and Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) while working in a clean lab. Through our analysis we were able to construct a timeline of our chondrules and a history of their alteration during the early stages of solar system formation. This intensive Internship took place over six weeks, and keeping up with the fast pace of our limited timeline was a challenge for all. Fortunately, I was able to rise above this challenge because of what I have learned from my Professors at New Paltz. Due to my experience using a SEM while researching with Professor Garapic, I was able to successfully analyze and image our chondrule samples using the skills I had first learned in New Paltz.



Madeleine del Caño

This past summer, I participated in SUNY Brockport’s four week Vietnam program. For the month of July, I lived in Da Nang in central Vietnam with other American students and a Vietnamese staff. Each week, we took classes on Vietnamese culture, language, politics, and history. The best part, however, was our experiential learning.  We volunteered at an orphanage and a welfare center where we got to interact with disabled adults and children, serving them lunch and transporting them to the hospital to get vaccinated. Each Wednesday morning we met Agent Orange families who were affected by the use of chemical warfare during the American War in Vietnam. We got to interview these families about the lives they lead, their connection to the war, and how the government treats them. Each weekend, we went on a different excursion - this is a picture of me on top of the Marble Mountains overlooking My Khe beach. I am a huge advocate for visiting Vietnam and appreciating the country for its rich heritage and culture, not just the war of the same name.



Katherine Dobosh

This summer I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Honduras with our school’s chapter of Global Medical Brigades. I spent a week along side local physicians setting up and working in medical clinics. The organization that we worked with follows a holistic model, so our ultimate goal in volunteering was to make the community that we were in self-sufficient, particularly in regards to healthcare. This experience was truly eye opening and heartwarming. It was incredible getting to know the community members, experiencing the culture, and making a positive impact abroad!



Teresa Ferguson

Over the summer, I had the privilege of participating in SUNY New Paltz’s Brains and Bronze program. This study abroad experience, which focused on the history of ancient Greek art, consisted of a comprehensive, month- long tour of Greece’s top archaeological sites and museums. As an art history student, it was surreal to explore the monumental ruins and view the famous works of Greek art that I had originally learned about in a traditional classroom setting. Overall, this experience provided me with first-hand knowledge of Greek art and culture, lasting friendships, and a newfound desire to travel!


Kelsey Fredricks

I was a student assistant at SUNY System Administration in Albany, NY this summer, where I worked as a Content Writer for the Office of the University Controller. I worked specifically for the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Compliance, and Internal Control departments. This particular section of SUNY is in the process of redeveloping their website, so I was able to be a part of an interesting project! I extensively researched several topics, then compiled and created my own content ideas for blog articles related to these areas. I then wrote and edited these articles for future publication, with an audience of the administrative departments of all SUNY campuses. This experience will serve as an extension towards future writing opportunities, and I am both grateful and appreciative that I was hired for this task. (Believe it or not, I found it on HawkHire, after about a month or so of persistent research! I had looked there before, but did not   see this job until later on.)



Alyson Hummer

This summer I spent a month in Guatemala participating in various volunteer efforts and culture exposure. My group of 18 New Paltz students focused our efforts on women shelters in Antigua and a small village called El Rosario. We also spent a week in San Marcos working in the Konojel Community Center, which is a four- year ongoing project with the SUNY New Paltz group. The work varied from painting the interior and exterior of buildings, teaching cooking classes, sewing classes, and jewelry making classes. Alongside volunteering, we were exposed to activists and artists involved in raising awareness of the social inequalities for indigenous people and women in Guatemala. We visited interactive museums and had personal discussions with renowned individuals in this movement.



Jamie Lazan

This past summer, I experienced an adventure of a lifetime! I had the opportunity to backpack Europe through an artistic lens of learning all about the social welfare system in Denmark. I also traveled throughout Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Manchester for the purpose of arts based research. Through the guidance of the Sociology department and the Honors Program, I was able to follow my passions of filming, social justice, and traveling to learn about how  art is used as a tool for social awareness. We visited several agencies, including expressive art agencies. I learned more about this culture, the language, and the sociological system of Denmark in just one week than I could have learned about from an entire semester at school. I continued my artistic passion back home as a theatre arts director in Massachusetts. I brought all the knowledge I acquired abroad to the children I worked with. I learned so much about myself in just one month of being abroad and got every opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and make amazing discoveries! The picture provided is from snorkeling in Barcelona on a spontaneous excursion! Take the leap to go abroad and discover; you never know where it might lead you.


Lindsey Mayer

This past summer I participated in the New Leadership New York Conference at the University of Albany. At the conference, I met with assemblywomen and CEOs of nonprofits who stressed the need for woman to be in leadership positions in the public sector. The conference was established to teach and encourage women how to run for office. As a member of the conference, I went to daily workshops that focused on developing leadership skills such as public speaking, networking, and grassroot organizing.  A highlight of the experience was meeting Assemblywoman, Pat Fahy, at the New York Capitol building and having her share her experience working in politics. Afterwards, we were given a tour of the Capitol and watched the Assembly while it was in session. From the conference, I’ve met a great network of inspiring students and mentors. I also feel more equipped to get involved in local politics and make a change in my own district.



Conor O'Riordan

I worked alongside my mentor Dr. Vanessa Plumly as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) during the summer of 2018. The title of our research was Shifting Sandstone: How German Monuments are Vessels of Collective Memory. Inspired by recent debates over public monuments in America, the study addressed the complicated relationship between German society and politically laden monuments. For example, how has the Brandenburg Gate, a Prussian monument built at the end of the eighteenth century, become the de facto symbol of Germany? As part of the SURE program, I presented my findings to fellow students and faculty interested in the subject during the fall semester. We plan to continue our research and present our findings at the Moravian College’s German Studies Conference in Pennsylvania during the spring 2019 semester.



Majessa Pedrozo

Over the summer, I had the great experience of participating in NYU’s Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP). This internship helped me gain invaluable clinical observational experience in speech- language pathology and exposure to different health care professions through lectures by those in the field. I also engaged in group discussions about medical ethics with fellow interns. This internship is one that I will never forget because it further inspired me to strive to make a positive difference in people’s lives.


Alexandra Reydel

This past summer I had the incredible opportunity to spend a month abroad, studying Ancient Greek Art History and Archaeology all across Greece, along with eighteen of my peers. Professor Heuer’s onsite lectures brought the ancient world to life all around us, transforming stone ruins into majestic palaces and temples of antiquity before our very eyes. Sitting in the Theatre of Dionysus where the plays of Euripides, Sophocles and Aeschylus were first performed in front of cheering crowds; hiking up the smooth stones of the Acropolis polished by millions of footsteps; standing on the cliffs of Sounion from which Aegeus threw himself into the ocean; imagining the Oracle of Apollo sitting in her bronze tripod at Delphi whispering prophesies in cryptic verse, and feeling thousand-year-old dust fly up from beneath our heels as we sprinted across the Olympic Stadium - no classroom in the world could have provided me with such raw, genuine experiences. Every detail will forever stay more bright and vivid in my memory than any sentence read in a textbook ever could. This has been a dream come true for me, and none of it would have been possible without the generous support of Edward A. Carroll and Gina O’Brien-Carroll - I am so honored to be one of the recipients of their Experiential Scholarship Award!


Maria Santana

I am a senior double majoring in Communication Disorders and Spanish. One of my dreams was to go to Spain and I was able to do it this summer. While studying abroad  I took two classes for my Spanish major in Oviedo, Asturias. I stayed with a host family, and they treated me like I was their daughter. During the program, I learned more about the culture of Spain and its people. I had a great time and met people from different parts of the world. I was also able to travel around Europe and visit my family in Barcelona. The food in Spain is amazing and just life in general is great over there.


Mariel Stein

I spent my summer as an apprentice with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Massachusetts. CSC is a nonprofit, professional theatre company that is best- known for producing Free Shakespeare on the Common every summer. As an apprentice ambassador, I took classes, worked front of house for Richard III on Boston Common, and played Salisbury in a touring production of Henry VI Part 2. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s main mission is to make theatre accessible for everyone. I often met people on the common who had never seen Shakespeare or even a play before! One of my tasks as an apprentice ambassador was performing my own Greenshow. I wrote a song about Richard III that my friend Clara and I would perform for audience members while they waited for the main event to start.


Helen Zhang

I worked at the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Sarah Lawrence College and at Princeton University. It was a great experience and I got to be a Teaching Assistant to students from ages 5-11 and  then I also got to be a Counselor and TA for students ages 13-15. Working with this summer school/camp, I got to have first hand experience  to what it would feel like to be a teacher in a K-6 environment. It boosted my confidence as a teacher candidate and I gained great connections with nearby teachers. This camp is unlike any other camp because in order to enter the camp, all students must be in the 95 percentile. I was constantly impressed by their knowledge of the world and about their future occupations.