For the inaugural interview, our choice was obvious: Sam Black graduated Vassar last year with a major in Neuroscience & Behavior. Sam was assistant captain his sophomore year and lead VCEMS as captain in his junior and senior years. We caught up with Sam, who is working as a Research Study Assistant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.:
VCEMS: What made you decide to join VCEMS and what did you enjoy most?
Sam Black: I took EMT training the summer before attending Vassar in the hopes of gaining some medical experience before going to medical school […] I was eager to get involved with EMS not only to further my development as a medical professional, but as a way to support my school and fellow classmates. EMS is an inspiring organization that allows students to lend their time and medical knowledge to help others. I found the experience of helping out other students to be extremely rewarding, this was certainly instrumental in my continued participation throughout my time at Vassar.
V: How has your experience volunteering with and leading VCEMS influenced your current work or future career plans?
S: VCEMS was an excellent way to explore my interest in healthcare and a way to glimpse what my future professional career might be like. VCEMS helped promote my interest in becoming a doctor and currently helps with my healthcare-related position.
V: Any funny stories?
S: It was particularly amusing the Halloween we were “grounded” because of the snow storm and ended up responding to the calls that we could on foot. That was certainly a change of pace and a great way to see the adaptability of the crew and their ability to make light of a unique/challenging situation.
V: Any words of alumni wisdom?
S: Challenge everything (within reason). Just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn’t mean that’s how it should be done. If you see room for improvement, make it happen or find someone who can.
V: I have to ask, what’s your spirit animal?
S: A pelican
V: Anything else you would like to add?
S: I just want to say how much I enjoyed being a part of VCEMS and am truly grateful to everyone I had the opportunity to work with, as well as those that worked with VCEMS before me and made VCEMS the amazing organization it is today.