When Edward Maleszewski sat down to make a final decision on where he would be attending college, it all added up for the Huntington High School senior; Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida was the right place for him.
“I chose Lynn for a few reasons,” Mr. Maleszewski said. “They have a really good psychology department and I am also interested in criminal justice and they are really good at that, too. Its professors were really kind and supportive and they have great internships.”
Huntington senior Ed Maleszewski.
The senior considered Drexel University, Stonehill College, College of St. Rose, CUNY John Jay College, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Siena College, SUNY Alfred State, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of Chicago, Stony Brook University and Long Island University before finalizing his plans to attend Lynn University.
“I want to work as a clinical psychologist,” Mr. Maleszewski said. “My first step toward reaching that goal is by getting my bachelor’s degree. I’ll get that in three years and then I’ll go for my master’s and then my Ph.D. Once I get my Ph.D., I want to start my career, maybe in a hospital so I can get good references and will be able to eventually create my own business. I want to help people who have a mood or anxiety disorder and help people who have Cluster B personality disorder. I want to work until probably 75 and then retire and move to Monaco with my two dogs.”
Mr. Maleszewski has been a runner on the Blue Devil cross country and track teams. He was recognized last month at the 51st annual senior athletic awards banquet.
“I am hoping to run for Lynn University, but the coach there wants to settle into school first,” Mr. Maleszewski said. “I would like to thank Huntington Coach [Ronald] Wilson for all of his support and Coach [Robert] Nill and my track and cross country teammates.”
The teenager plans to take college courses during summer breaks so he can shave a year off the typical four year course of studies. He also interested in summer internships. To help defray the cost of college, he’d like to serve as a resident assistant. “I also want to join the flag football and dodgeball teams and maybe join a fraternity,” Mr. Maleszewski said.
The senior has enjoyed many enjoyable days at the high school. “My Latin class and teacher Kristin Fortunato have been a lot of fun,” Mr. Maleszewski said. “My experiences in high school are probably the leading reason as to why I am going into psychology; to help kids. I am also hoping to educate people about the truth behind kids with depression, OCD, attention deficit and more. I don’t think many people understand, even teachers.”
As he prepares to graduate, Mr. Maleszewski spent time looking back at some of the silliest moments he’s had in high school and some of the best ones, too. Among the latter is when he earned a 100 on his sophomore English final; advancing to the league championships in track; and touring through Europe with many of his classmates and friends. Among some of the former was dressing up as Harry Potter for a winter concert, standing on a cafeteria table and playing the kazoo and dismantling a desk.
When he reports to Lynn University, Mr. Maleszewski will be all business, but he undoubtedly will never lose his sense of humor nor the many happy memories of Huntington that he will always hold dear.