Adelphi University Commencement 2011

Meet the graduates

Kimberly Cohen '12
Kimberly Cohen '12

What is your hometown?
Stony Brook, NY


BS in Nursing


Why did you choose to attend Adelphi:
My mother has worked here at Adelphi since I was 8 years old. My sister graduated from Adelphi and I used to visit her often. One of my brothers also graduated from Adelphi a few years ago. When I was 12 years old, I remember visiting my sister at school; I stayed in her dorm and had the total experience. I remember attending Dr. Primeggia's class with her, which had such a great impact on me, I even took notes. I wished so badly that I could be in college and have that be my normal everyday life. I was so inspired by the things he said—that feeling stayed with me forever. Later on down the road when I was a freshman, I had the pleasure of taking a few of Dr. Primeggia's classes and it was an amazing experience, not to mention a blast from the past. To this day I carry the lessons I have learned from him and apply them to everyday life. One of the main reasons I chose Adelphi was because I heard of its renowned nursing program, which is what sealed the deal for me.

When and how did your interest in your major develop?
When I was in third grade, I broke my leg while jumping on a trampoline. I was at a dinner with my brother, an advanced EMT. In fact, all the people there were Emergency Medical Technicians. When they sprang into action it gave me a feeling of security, even though I was in severe pain. At the hospital, overnight, a nurse came in with a very short demeanor. She told me that if I didn't keep my leg elevated, I could lose my toes. I panicked and couldn't understand the reason for her behaving in such a manner with no empathy at all. I had always felt that nurses would be comforting. I believe this was the first moment of my thoughts of becoming a nurse. A few years later my grandfather cut his hand. When my brother and sister-in-law, a nurse, took him to the hospital, I went with them. I felt like I was where I belonged. I held pressure on his wound and when my brother told the nurse of my aspirations to become a nurse as well, she let me help her while they stitched his wound. I knew, from that moment on, that I wanted to be a nurse. I remember one time when my brother and I went to visit my sister-in-law at work, we went into the trauma room and my brother told me I was the only person he'd ever seen whose eyes lit up in the trauma room. Whenever any of my friends or family would get hurt or sick I was always the one who sprang into action. Sometimes it's difficult to put into words why I want to be a nurse; I feel like that is what I was always meant to do, and my instincts have always led me in that direction.

Did you complete any noteworthy internships or study abroad programs?

Describe your experiences at Adelphi with the faculty and/or your classmates?
I have learned so much while working at Adelphi with the faculty and staff. Advocating for myself has become one of my most important strengths. There are times when speaking personally with professors is the only way to ensure that a student's needs are met. It is very easy to be misinterpreted if you cannot properly advocate for yourself. This skill will be important throughout my life, my work, and my nursing career.

Did you work while going to school? Please elaborate.
Yes, I have been working for the Adelphi IT Department since August 2008. Over the years I have worked my way up the ranks and now proudly hold the title of Resident Computer Associate. I have the responsibility of assisting students with technology issues in their dorm rooms, as well as assisting administration, faculty, and staff with technology issues. When on duty at the help desk, I supervise a computer lab of 120 machines. In addition to that, I act as a mentor/leader to about 30 other student workers and hold partial responsibility for training them. Over the past four years I have worked between 32 and 38 hours a week during the semesters at IT and about 40 over the summers and during breaks.

What accomplishment are you most proud of during your college career?
I am most proud of my development as a person and a nurse. As a younger student, my self-esteem had not been as strong as it should have been. Throughout my years at Adelphi, I have become a strong student with an excellent work ethic. I have come to realize that in order to reach a goal it must be the prime focus each and every day. Motivation has become my driving force that has led me through the difficult process necessary to become a nurse.

Plans after graduation? Please elaborate.
After I graduate I plan to study and pass the NCLEX. I will hopefully have a job lined up and start working. My boyfriend and I have been together for three years, living together for two years, and we plan on getting married soon after I graduate and start our family.

What are your aspirations/dream job?
My nursing aspirations have always been to work in the Emergency Room, which is what I'm hoping to do when I graduate. However, at some point down the road, I would like to combine my technology skills with my nursing skills and perhaps delve into nursing informatics or something of the sort. In addition to that, I have realized that I would someday like to work to make an actual difference not only for my individual patients but for society at large. I want to combine my passion and skills to help influence the necessary forces in making big changes for society. I'm still developing that idea so the details are a little fuzzy. One thing I have learned is that just one person can make all the difference—it's your choice to take ball and run with it and be that one person.

What types of extracurricular activities are you involved with?
At this point in time I don't really partake in extracurricular activities. I spent the majority of my time working for IT and doing my school work.

How do you handle such a full schedule with a rigorous academic curriculum?
I have developed a complete focus and learned to organize my mind. Working provides the structure that is so important for me in order to complete my school work in a timely fashion. Over the past four years I have worked between 32 and 38 hours a week while taking 14 to 17 credits a semester. When I have a job, I tend to devote all of my energy to it, sometimes more than I should. I can't help but be completely dedicated to it.

Do you have any hobbies?
I would consider technology a hobby of mine. Even outside of work I am very interested in the latest and greatest. I love taking apart computers and fixing them.

What awards/honors have you received?
I have received the Dean's List award for several semesters.

Other Comments:
Throughout my educational career, I always struggled through school. For the majority of my life I just wanted to go to college and become a nurse. I have fought through all of the obstacles thrown my way, there have been quite a few, and always came out on top. I am completely determined with my entire soul to graduate and become a nurse, and now I'm finally almost there.

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