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A Distinguished Career in Medicine That Began at LIU Post


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Sandra TorresDr. Sandra Torres wrote many papers for many classes in her college career, but she wrote her most important essay on a whim.

A mother of two in her late 20s and graduate of Suffolk County Community College, she had applied to LIU Post hoping to launch a career but unsure how her family could afford her tuition. One day, waiting to speak with an admissions counselor, she learned about an essay contest taking place the following week, with a substantial scholarship as the prize. She went to the auditorium where it was being held, took a blue book and a No. 2 pencil and sat down to tackle a question on globalization – and won.

The scholarship made it possible for her to attend, she settled on a career as a physician, and she graduated as the valedictorian of the Class of 2000. Her children, Michael and Melissa, were there, in the VIP seating alongside the stage under the big tent, as was her husband Julian, a baker.

Her mother, Rosa Maria Pagan, also was there. She had come to LIU Post to earn a master's degree, and sat in cap and gown as her daughter addressed thousands of graduates and their guests. "It was a very special moment for my family and myself," Dr. Torres said. "At LIU Post, many people were influential in supporting my dream, and I had great experiences with my professors."

After LIU Post, Dr. Torres attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Today, the family is back on Long Island. Dr. Torres is an emergency physician at Syosset Hospital. Michael has graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in electrical engineering – and Melissa is enrolled at LIU Post for the fall 2012 semester. "We're very proud of our children, and the opportunities we were able to provide for them," she said.

Posted 03/21/2012

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