By: Dana Convissar, PR Officer, 2013-2014
Jess Metlay graduated in May 2013 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Chemistry. She was involved with VCEMS for three years of her Vassar career, and served as Captain her senior year. Jess is currently working EMS in Philly and applying to medical school.
VCEMS: What made you decide to join VCEMS and what was your favorite part?
Jess Metlay: I signed up to take Vassar’s EMT training course my freshman year on a whim. The course description said something to the effect that students were expected to join VCEMS after completion, so that’s what I did. Although that’s a pretty boring story, so feel free to make up a different response before you publish this.
My favorite part was driving the van and abusing any small amount of power that I came across…Okay, my actual favorite part was getting to meet and hangout with everyone in VCEMS. In my unbiased opinion, we’re a pretty rad group. The van is nice too though.
VCEMS: What is the most important thing you learned from VCEMS?
Jess: Getting serious for a moment, I learned a lot about being a leader; especially how important it is to set up a group dynamic where everyone feels comfortable contributing, taking risks, and is able to maximize their potential. This held true both on call and in VCEMS as a whole. I also finally learned how to activate a cold pack.
VCEMS: How has your experience volunteering with VCEMS influenced your current work or future career plans?
Jess: I started college very decidedly not pre-med and now I’m applying to medical school, which I very much credit and blame on VCEMS.
VCEMS: Any funny stories?
Jess: During a shift last year, I got a call late one night, which in and of itself is typical. But as I was gathering my stuff to respond, I realized that I couldn’t find my glasses. I looked around my room without success and grew increasingly frantic running up and down the stairs of my TA several times looking for my specs only to realize that I was already wearing them. I definitely had a good laugh at myself for that one.
VCEMS: What’s your spirit animal?
Jess: Currently, ‘Moby-Dick’ who is the squirrel nesting in the ceiling of my apartment.
VCEMS: Words of advice to current members?
Jess: If you haven’t already, watch the ‘Spice World’ movie. I saw it when it was first released in theaters and it has had a profound effect on my life.
VCEMS: Anything else you would like to add?
Jess: My actual advice is to seek out and remain open to new ideas. Also, find time to hang out with friends, don’t take yourself too seriously, develop a regular sleep schedule, and call your relatives more (this last sentence is for me).