Learning to save lives
Junior Raquel Rozner always dreamed of being a neurologist. Supported by gifts received through the Binghamton Fund, the Physician Mentor Program may have changed her plans.
"I never really thought about oncology because everyone says it's so depressing," she says. "I agree that it can be depressing in a way, but it's also hopeful in that you're helping people survive. So oncology now is a possibility."
Rozner spent the summer shadowing Dr. Andrew Seidman '81, learning how he interacted with breast-cancer patients in life-and-death struggles. She experienced the pain when the doctor told women the treatments weren't working and they were running out of options. She felt the joy when patients found out their cancer was in remission.
"I thought I would really take it to heart and come home crying," Rozner says. "But I guess I have a really tough exterior. I just decided that if I was going to be a doctor, this was going to be my job. Obviously I was very empathetic, but as a doctor you're here to help these people survive and you have to deal with their cancer. It's almost like you have to treat it like a science."
Seidman was so impressed with Rozner's maturity and thoughtfulness in such emotionally charged situations that he asked her to coauthor an article for Breast Diseases: A Yearbook Quarterly, which helped her have a deeper understanding of cancer and gave her a publishing credit.
"I'm really excited to have this publication under my belt," she says. It's something that I'm passionate about and really understand."
Helping students compete
Despite the worst economic environment since the Great Depression, Lauren Gotlib '12 secured first-round interviews with every company to which she applied, in part because of the help the School of Management's Career Services Center gave her to improve her résumé and interviewing skills.
At the end of an internship with HSBC, Gotlib received a full-time job offer.
"Having a career advisor work with you during your most frustrating moments leads you to work harder," Gotlib says. "The [benefit] comes from having these professionals available to be there as advisors in the process from start to finish, and not as a one-time walk-in."
Established with a $200,000 gift from Barry '79 and Alison Goodman, the center provides students with advising, maintains connections with corporate recruiters and builds relationships with Binghamton University alumni and new employers.
Michael Molligi '06, MBA '11, landed a position as a project manager for Blue Fly Web Marketing in New York City. The center helped him with his résumé, job search strategies and making connections with alumni.
"I got an actual person to help me with many of my questions rather than a website," Molligi says. "This was huge. Also, there are many different approaches for a person's job search. It's nice to talk to someone who has insight into what works or doesn't work."