Macaulay Honors College
Aleksandra Makowska, Psychology Major
The Macaulay Opportunities Fund has allowed Aleksandra Makowska to participate in international service learning. She took her first trip as an ambassador for the Sister Island Project to the Dominican Republic. Throughout January 2012, Aleksandra lived in Cruz Verde, a small village in central Dominican Republic with little resources. There, she and another volunteer led workshops on dental hygiene and yoga for the members of the community.
The success of her first service learning trip inspired Aleksandra to become involved in the Macaulay Medical Brigades Club. The club fund raised for, organized, and completed a medical brigade to rural Panama in the summer of 2012. The team of about 40 Macaulay students set up mobile health clinics and administered medical services to under-serviced areas of Panama, reaching over 400 patients throughout four clinical days. The hands-on experience and knowledge she gained reinforced Aleksandra's goals of working in the medical field and continuing to visit new countries through service learning projects.
Elizabeth Che, Psychology major
Attending the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island has allowed me to challenge myself by actively participating in CSI’s student life and academics. I have immersed myself in neuroscience research ever since freshman year, analyzing the footprints of Fragile X mice. The purpose of this research is to provide institutions with an alternative method to characterize and treat patients with this syndrome, the most common inherited form of mental retardation in males. In addition to my neuroscience research, I founded and have been president of the Japanese Visual Culture Club (JVCC) for the past two years. The JVCC focuses on promoting interests in Japanese culture through film screenings and other activities like making crafts and baking Japanese pastries. My interest in justice and law has led me to join the CSI Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee, Student Government, and College Council. CSI’s Macaulay Honors College students are given unlimited opportunity to discover their potential and
broaden their own understanding of themselves.