Student Profile: Shanise Siddo

Hometown: New York, NY
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Why did you choose to attend Morrisville?
“I chose to attend MSC because I was accepted directly into the nursing program out of high school. I could have stayed on a waiting list to go into a nursing program in the city or get ahead at MSC.”

What activities have you been involved with on and/or off campus?
“I have been involved with the CSTEP program; we do a lot of community service. I also volunteer with the nursing department and provide tours of the nursing facility to prospective nursing students. I participate in the health fair where we administer vaccines, and I am also a member of the Student Nurse’s Association (SNA). These activities allow me to associate with other people who have the same goals in life and they all have the drive to succeed. That has motivated me to want to study hard and graduate.”

What “fun fact” can you tell us about Morrisville that is not well known?
“In the nursing lab there is a mannequin that gives birth. Not a lot of students know about that, unless you’re a nursing student and you’re at the end of your program when you have a maternity course. She can give birth to twins! It’s great practice.”

What MSC faculty and/or staff member has influenced you? Why?
“I think that Professor Toni Hiemer from the Nursing Department has had a big influence on me. She really cares about you and your success. Professor Hiemer always goes above and beyond for her students.”

What has been your favorite campus event or activity?
“Mustang Weekend! It’s Morrisville’s homecoming weekend and we have a carnival on campus, free food, music, and many other activities.”

What are your plans after college and/or your career goals?
“I plan to work as a graduate nurse until I take my certification exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). After my certification I plan to stay for at least a year in the Central New York area. A lot of my friends have graduated and have gone to Upstate Medical, where they had the chance to work as a nurse and complete their bachelor’s degree. I hope to do the same!”

What advice would you give other students?
“I learned in nursing that everyone learns differently. Some things may be easy for some students, while others may struggle. I found in each level I had to adapt differently and change my studying habits based on the work expected of me.”