Rhayne Thomas (B.S. ’91)
Q & A:
What was your favorite class, who was your favorite professor, or what is your fondest memory of Hofstra?
My absolute fondest memory of Hofstra was the day I saw my name on my degree. That was the day I knew it had all been worth it!
What was your first job after graduating from Hofstra, and what was the most valuable thing you learned there?
My first job after graduation was in social work for homeless women and children. Shortly thereafter, I made a switch to geriatrics while also singing with Pete Seeger and the Quintet. The most valuable thing I learned through social work was that good communication and laughter were the keys to staying focused in a position that could sometimes be draining. The most valuable thing I learned while performing with Pete Seeger and the Quintet was the joy from singing with and for others.
What is your field of specialty, and how did you come to work in the industry?
My field of specialty was geared toward social work, and I came to work in the industry as a placement from Hofstra. As a result of social work, I learned to write case notes and that took my love of reading, writing and being specific to a whole new level.
What advice would you give current Hofstra students?
The advice I would give to current students is to enjoy every single moment at Hofstra because it really does go by quickly.
In one word, how would you describe Hofstra?
Life Changing (Okay, so that's two!)
How has your degree from Hofstra helped you?
My degree has helped me by opening doors that were closed without a degree. I received promotions and accolades based on the degree itself.
Who in your field do you most admire?
The person I admire the most as an author would be May Sarton. Ms. Sarton had a wonderful way of expressing her thoughts, surroundings and, mostly, herself.
What is the single most rewarding/exciting experience in your career thus far?
The single most exciting and/or rewarding experience in my career thus far is that my singing and my book events have become one. I receive invitations to do book signings but they want me to perform before starting. My career has come full circle!