In The Light
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:03
Inspired by a combination of eclectic passions, including medical narratives, cinema and community service, senior Mack Goldberg is following his aspirations.
Between all of the activities and projects, Goldberg allows his genuine personality to shine through.
“I’m very eccentric. I love to make people laugh. I’m kind of goofy,” he gladly admits.
A molecular biology major and a film and media studies minor, Goldberg was born in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, where he has lived his entire life. Moreover, Goldberg attributes always living in a single place as the reason he became so involved in service in many places outside of his comfort zone. This year he demonstrates this adventurousness as a COVE Intern and as a Colgate Activities Board (CAB) member who arranges weekend Take Two movies. Goldberg’s contributions to volunteerism began as early as his first year at Colgate, when he stepped into a leadership role on an alternative break trip. Since then, he has helped lead four alternative break trips, two of which have been located in New Orleans.
“You become kind of desensitized in the Northeast to natural disasters. It’s different actually going down there and getting your hands dirty,” he said. “There’s more to being a college student than just the books.”
Chasing new interests has been imperative to Goldberg from day one. This is one of the reasons he brought the Running Club to Colgate as a first-year and later took an active role with the Disaster Response Team.
“Don’t stay in one place. If you’re not happy in one place, move on to the next,” he advises. “Some people have a good first-year experience or they don’t. I didn’t really enjoy my first year and I had to relearn why I chose this school. I decided to personalize what I wanted out of this college experience.”
Goldberg acknowledges, “Some of my most meaningful college experiences have been outside campus.”
Apart from alternative breaks, studying abroad in Wales has been one of his most important experiences. Arriving in Wales without ever having stepped foot in Europe previously, he was able to travel nearly every weekend.
Whether it’s doing service, traveling or participating in clubs, Goldberg credits his involvement to Colgate’s commitment to student leadership.
“No other school caters to students to make sure they take on leadership roles,” he says.
Personally shaping his college experience has defined Goldberg’s role at Colgate and has left him with a meaningful four years.
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