Participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk as well as American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk.
I’m also the treasurer of the Student Nurses Association in Old Westbury.
Internship and volunteer work
In summer 2013, I had a paid internship at the Nassau County (N.Y.) Department of Health, where I assisted with a foodborne illness investigation. I interviewed sick and healthy patients to document case histories including signs and symptoms, food history, duration of illness, incubation period, and medical consultation information. I also interviewed employees of food establishments to determine causative agents. The internship allowed me to work closely with the department's division of Communicable Disease Control, and I learned about foodborne bacteria, viruses, and pathogens causing most illnesses in the United States. One of my duties was to draft the Office of Food Protection's procedure for a foodborne illness case.
I also devote time as a volunteer. My philosophy is to dedicate my free time to others in need because it builds my professional and personal character. I have volunteered at Glen Cove Hospital in the
North Shore-LIJ Health System for the 2013 Diabetes and Heart Disease Health Fair and at the American Red Cross Chapter in Mineola, N.Y., for more than four years.
I worked as a research assistant in 2011 in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s histology lab. I helped with experiments and dissections under the supervision of German Torres, Ph.D., associate
professor of biomedical sciences, and was mentored by Alice O’Connor, a lab technician. I learned how to stain, slice, and mount animal specimens on slides for research. Every day was a great experience.
I developed patience after constant trial and error with experiments, and learned a lot about anatomy and physiology.
Proudest NYIT accomplishment
Accepting the 2013 Club of the Year Award on behalf of the Red Cross Club at the Student Government Association Awards Dinner. It was rewarding to receive recognition for all the hard work completed by
the club. I was happy to share the moment with club members, family, and Susan Neville, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Nursing.
Certified registered nurse anesthetist. My objective is to use my skills in low-income countries with underserved populations during surgery.
Favorite tech gadget
My iPhone. It keeps me organized for my busy schedule of meetings, study groups, school assignment deadlines, and test dates.
Visiting new, ethnically diverse restaurants, watching movies, and exercising because it clears my mind and gives me an energy boost.
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Melanie Benyadi Campus: Old Westbury Major: Communiation Arts, B.F.A. Class Of: 2017
Dermott Kramer Campus: Old Westbury Major: International Business, B.S. Class Of: 2014