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"During my four years at CNR I have had the chance to study with a number of amazing professors. They have all made me the person I am today, and I am truly grateful for what I have learned.."

Samantha Bach
Year: 2009
Major:  Nursing
School:  School of Nursing
Home Town: Chicopee, MA


What class was one of your favorites?

I absolutely loved my rotation in pediatrics. The patients I got the chance to work with inspired me in so many ways. I learned a lot about who I am as a person and who I am as a nurse. Being at The College of New Rochelle has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life as well as one of the most rewarding.


Of all the CNR professors you’ve had, who was one of your favorites?

During my four years at CNR I have had the chance to study with a number of amazing professors. They have all made me the person I am today, and I am truly grateful for what I have learned. The professors who have meant the most to me have been  Margaret McAlvanah, Dr. Geraldine Valencia-Go, Dr. Kenneth Zwolski, and Dr. Lynda Shand. Professor McAlvanah was my clinical instructor for my pediatric rotation. She always pushed me to encounter different opportunities in order to prepare me for my future as a nurse. She was down to earth and created an environment that was amazing to work in. Dr. Valencia-Go pushed me to be the best I can be. With Dr. Go, I knew I was getting the best education possible. I will carry her words of wisdom with me for a long time. Dr. Zwolski brought such wonderful humor to the classroom. I looked forward to going to his class just to see what he was going to come up with next. Dr. Shand, on the other hand, has a laid-back personality and was so easy to relate to. She truly cares about her students. I can honestly say I have not encountered a professor that has not influenced me in a positive way.


How have you been involved at CNR outside of your studies?

I have been a resident assistant since my sophomore year and I truly love every aspect of it. I was also on the class executive boards as secretary my sophomore and junior year. Currently I am a secretary on the Student Government Association E-board. I am also on the committees for Spirit Comp, Strawberry Festival, and Women's History Month. I am a member of the Snow Angels Ski and Snowboard Club. CNR really is my second home, and I love to keep myself busy with the many activities that the College provides the students.


Do you know where you are headed after graduation?

I want to be a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. I am only unsure of where that will be. I will either move back home or stay in New York for a short time, then get a job as a traveling nurse.

To find out if  CNR is the right choice for you, please contact:


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Office of the Dean
The College of New Rochelle
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New Rochelle, NY 10805
914-654-5334  
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