Major: Nursing (BSN, RN)
Graduation Date: May 2011
Hometown: Staten Island, NY (Richmond County)
High School: Curtis High School
Brockport Activities: New York Nurses Associations, Safety and Prevention Committee, Silence Committee, Breast Cancer Committee, Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, Soccer, Save the Children Club, The Summit
What are you currently doing?
I am currently working as a Registered Nurse at Newark Wayne Community Hospital. I start graduate school this upcoming fall to get my doctorate degree in nursing (DNP) at St. John Fisher College.
Why did you choose Brockport?
Brokport has a competitive and prestigious nursing program. It is an excellent learning environment because it is far away from home (NYC) and offers the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).
What is your most memorable experience at Brockport?
Spending my first year as Student Council President at Thompson Hall. This experience made me realize that I had so many things to learn in order to become an effective leader. The experience did not go well, but I was able to recognize my mistakes, took constructive criticism and improve on my leadership style and ability.
What is your favorite thing about Brockport?
The dollar midnight movie every Friday (at the Strand)! Brockport is close to other cities and colleges/universities which allows students to visit nearby colleges/universities for networking purposes. There are many different restaurants in walking distances. Last but not least, Wal-Mart.
What/who was your favorite class or professor at Brockport?
I enjoyed almost all of my classes, but the two I really enjoyed were Anatomy &Physiology and Critical Care Nursing. My favorite professors would be Dr. Adam Rich and Dr. Kathleen Peterson.
How would you describe your faculty?
I would describe the faculty that I had the chance to interact with as individuals who truly care about students' success, be it academic, professional or personal.
How did Brockport prepare you for your career of choice?
The college helped me find the leader within me. As a nurse, I find myself demonstrating my leadership and critical thinking skills at work almost every day. The nursing program prepared all of its students to become successful in the work field and I am thrilled and honor to be a graduate of this program and college.
How has your experience at Brockport shaped your life?
I realized while at Brockport that I had to get out of my shadow and interact with other students in order to expand my horizon if I really wanted to become successful. I was a very shy person and didn't like to talk when I was in high school. I believe doing these things helped me tremendously with leadership development.
What is one thing every student needs to try at Brockport?
Try Jimmy-Z's garbage plates, just make sure you work out the next day.
What advice would you give to future students?
Come with a positive attitude, leave those high school or negative behaviors behind, and get to know your professors. Study hard, get good grades and celebrate your success. Get involved, take advantage of the leadership program, and get to know your new home (Brockport). Remember you are not alone on this journey, you have your professors, peers and the student learning center, so don't be proud or scared to ask for help!!! Stay motivated and keep your eyes on the prize . Don't allow anything to discourage you.
What should a future student never leave at home for college?
Winter coats and boots. Welcome to upstate New York!
Residence Hall: Sleep
Food: Spaghetti and meatballs
Campus Life: Fun
Quote: "The untimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.