Daniel Jay Goldstein grew up in Cleveland, OH as the man with the plan. The son of a doctor and a lawyer, Daniel always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up.
“I’ve always wanted to be a damn good doctor,” said Goldstein. Now a pre-med majoring in Biology at UR, he is well on his way.
But Daniel doesn’t let that goal keep him from other endeavors. He is currently serving his second year as SA Senator for the class of 2008 and is also actively involved in the music community, taking piano lessons at Eastman and minoring in music.
Daniel is also a golfer and volunteers for The First Tee national non-profit golf organization where he teaches inner-city and minority children etiquette and the rules of golf.
Why did you pick this major? What motivates you?I have a fascination and curiosity in a field of constantly improving technology and ever growing challenges. When I was young, I realized I had a natural inclination to science. I love working directly with people and having the ability to make a difference in their lives.
Why did you become a class senator?Well, among other things, I love campaigning. I had a blast posting “Vote for Me” fliers for the past two years – I think people enjoyed them. Honestly, I’m interested in the big issues that face UR, from academics to food to parking, and I think I’m great at representing the voice of your average student.
Talk about your love of golf.Fisher Price came out with plastic golf clubs when I was four, and I was immediately addicted. In middle school I played in amateur tournaments and won a few for the high school team. My low score is a 70. A couple years ago, I was in an ESPN sponsored tournament and missed qualifying by only four strokes.
What is your dream job?I’d love to be a concert pianist. I’ve been playing since I was three, and I’m passionate about the music of Rachmaninoff.
What’s your guilty pleasure?Listening to my “New Kids on the Block” CD while wearing my “New Kids on the Block” cologne.
What’s the last good book you read?A month ago I read “Caddie for Life,” which followed the life of Tom Watson’s caddie Bruce Edwards, who died of ALS. That he maintained his passion for caddying through his struggle was inspirational.
What’s the last good movie you saw?“Identity.” It scared me. My suite mates had to tuck me in that night.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Rochester?One word: the frat quad is awesome.
Fountaine is a member of the class of 2008.