By Michael Schiavetta (M.A. '07)
Thierry Marcellin plans to graduate this spring semester, earning his bachelor's degree in nursing. He is looking forward to NYIT Commencement as well as the Nursing Department's pinning ceremony, a tradition in the profession that dates to the 19th century. "It will be a time to rejoice and count my many blessings." Pinning will represent the end of one long journey for Thierry, who was a transfer student to NYIT, and the start of a career to which he feels a deep calling. "There is no better feeling in the world than when someone thanks you for the care you have provided."
His family, especially his mother, have been instrumental in supporting Thierry's pursuit of an education and career: "Without her, I would be lost." Thierry emigrated from Haiti as an eighth-grade student. His family moved in search of a better life from his hometown of Port-au-Prince to Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York.
When the Professors Get Tough
Thanks to a friend who knew of the NYIT nursing program, Thierry came to NYIT in 2005. He's been most impressed and inspired by his professors. "They genuinely care about your success, and they push you to think outside the box. They are tough and demanding because they want their students to be the best they can be." That level of personal, demanding attention, has brought Thierry this academic year to Queens Hospital Center for a clinical class, supporting efforts to serve patients, while still a student. He hopes to one day work specifically caring for AIDS/HIV patients and dreams returning to higher education, sharing his knowledge and passion for nursing with a future generation of nursing students.
Update, October 2010
Thierry is currently working for Mount Sinai Hospital's Psychiatry unit. "I was very lucky to have acquired this position, the job market is currently very competitive, and Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the most prestigious hospitals in New York State." Thierry plans to pursue graduate study in the summer or fall of 2011, in Family Nurse Practitioner.