Parent of Shayna Sosnowik, Queens College
Macaulay: Can you share with us some biographical background?
Our family moved to Lawrence, Long Island from Baltimore in 1995 where all but one of our seven children (Dora Chana, Chaya, Sima, Esther, Shayna, Avigael and Avraham) were born. We have six daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and four granddaughters.
My wife, Susan, and I are both graduates of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
M: What was your hope for your daughter when she started Macaulay Honors College?
Shayna’s dream is to attend veterinary school. When she started college last fall, our hope was and continues to be that Macaulay will be the foundation to help her achieve this dream.
M: What has been the biggest surprise?
Honestly, we’ve been very surprised both by the camaraderie Shayna has developed with other Macaulay students, as well as by her level of work and commitment she’s demonstrated since freshmen orientation. We are extremely gratified and encouraged by this and we can already see the tremendous benefits from choosing Macaulay Honors College.
M: For parents with students just starting college, what would you say, from your experience, is the most important thing to keep in mind?
To other Macaulay parents I would say that having children who have attended other colleges, including, Barnard, Adelphi and LIU, nowhere have we seen the type of commitment to students as Shayna is experiencing at Macaulay. I believe that Macaulay will not only bring out the best in Shayna but will also, and perhaps more importantly, encourage her and help her grow beyond her own expectations.