A Day in the Life of Sameera Mayat: A Decker Nursing Student

Posted by Sophomore and Intern at Binghamton's Media and PR Office Patricia Nieberg on April 18, 2016

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Between an eating contest for chocolate-covered crickets, planning a semi-formal for the Nursing Student Association, waterfall sightseeing, and clinicals at the hospital, Sameera stays occupied every second of the day. “I think my hobby is to keep myself busy,” she said. Adventurous by nature, Sameera is not afraid to try new things. At the same time, she also appreciates her everyday community, whether it’s her home at Hinman, Decker, or with her parents. Learn more about Sameera before she heads off to the medical world.

Hometown: Westchester, N.Y.

Home at Binghamton: Hinman College, Roosevelt Hall

Major: Nursing

Year: Senior

Clubs/orgs involvement:

Fun facts:

  • Afraid of spiders
  • Joined Ballroom Dance Association freshman year
  • Hosted a guacamole event during National Avacado Month for healthy eating
  • Led a women’s self-defense seminar
  • Helped plan a body-image awareness event
  • Only one in her immediate family to go into the medical field
  • Won several food eating contests: chocolate-covered crickets, pizza bagels, pasta, pint of Ben and Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Favorite Professor: Claudia Marquez 
  • Favorite study spot: RA office
  • Planned the nursing socials and semiformal

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Sameera setting up for her nursing formal.

What’s your busiest day like?

“For me, it’s not just one day, it’s several different days.”

Monday: Classes from 1-6 p.m., and nursing/e-board meeting

Tuesday: Hinman College Council meeting at night

Wednesday: Seminar class during the day

Thursday: Clinicals during the day, staff/hall meeting at night

Friday: Clinicals all day

Saturday/Sunday: Possible RA duty

"Any other free times I usually fill in with tabling for Decker, such as open house, bake sale fundraisers, semiformal tickets, etc."

What do you like to do in your free time?

“Watch a lot of Grey’s Anatomy. I can recite several of those episodes. I like to just go and adventure places. The other day I asked my friends, ‘You guys want to go to the blake?’ Which is Nathaniel Cole Park. And then a lot of weekends, we’ll just go and venture off to different waterfalls.”

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Why did you pick nursing?
“I initially came in as a bio-chem major. I knew I wanted to go into the medical field, I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. And then once I was here, I got to know several Decker students and there was actually a nursing RA who helped me out. I talked to who was then the director, Fran, a lot, and Sara Wozniak. Through them it made me want to go into nursing after seeing everything, after seeing how Decker is here. Then I put in an application for an intra-university transfer. I got in my sophomore year.”

What motivates you?

“My parents motivate me a lot. A lot of what I do is for my parents. I want them to be proud of me one day of everything I’ve done. I think that’s part of the reason I chose nursing, part of the reason I ran for president --I want to make my parents proud.”

What’s a goal or dream you have for after you graduate?
“I want to work in NewYork-Presbyterian. That’s my dream hospital. I’ve wanted to work there since I was a kid. The feel once you enter that hospital, and the staff. I’ve been there before and my experience there was so great, and I wish I could provide that experience for someone else.”

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What will you miss the most about Binghamton?
“I think always having someone to hang out with. So I guess the community I’m surrounded by in Hinman and Decker.”

As a senior, Sameera is sad to say goodbye to her residents and nursing peers. After being surrounded by supportive people and doing the same for others, she knows that she will find her way to her dream job. “I’m a strong believer in destiny… You’ll end up where you need to be in life, even if you don’t like where you are now,” she said confidently.

Want to learn more about The Decker School of Nursing? Check out our video.

Patricia Nieberg is a sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., majoring in English rhetoric with a minor in Spanish. She is part of the Binghamton University Dance Team, Wish-makers club, and Binghamton Sound Stage and Lighting (BSSL) this semester. She's looking to pursue a career in comunications and PR. 

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