Amanda Smith

Nursing

I am currently a registered nurse and working part-time while completing my last year of full-time classes in Daemen's nursing program . When I graduate in May, I plan to work full-time as a registered nurse at a facility that I enjoy working for.

What was your reason for coming to Daemen College?

I came to Daemen because the friendly faculty, staff, and administrators that I came in contact with while prospecting were extremely helpful. Daemen also has a good reputation for their medical programs which is critical in obtaining a degree in my major of choice. Also, coming from a small town, I preferred a comfortable campus that would have opportunities to become involved as a student leader.  

What do you aspire to be after college/what are your career plans?

I am currently a registered nurse and working part-time while completing my last year of full-time classes in Daemen's nursing program . When I graduate in May, I plan to work full-time as a registered nurse at a facility that I enjoy working for.

Please describe your impressions of Daemen College.

The first time I visited Daemen, I had a good first impression. Five years later, I still have a good impression of Daemen. In fact, the campus has become even more beautiful and useful with the many changes that have been made over the years. I can only imagine that it will continue to improve and meet the standards of new and current students.

Tell us about your life outside of academics: clubs, sports, hobbies, things to do around Buffalo, NY.

I enjoy staying active and keeping busy outside of academics. I have been in various student leadership positions on campus including Orientation Leader, Student Alumni Ambassador, Peer Mentor, writing coach, and student assistant worker in various offices on campus, including Admissions, Conferences & Events, and the President’s Office. I have also played intramural dodge ball and volleyball and ran track for one year. Buffalo and the surrounding area have so much to explore including parks, live music, canal side, hiking, kayaking, locally owned businesses, and amazing restaurants!

Please describe any internship, study abroad, service learning, or academic experience (Academic Festival or research you are working on or have worked on in the past).

I had the most amazing opportunity to travel abroad on scholarship funding to Crete, Greece to volunteer in an archeological excavation for six weeks each summer. The experiences I had are unforgettable and I met the most amazing people, who I am still friends with, on those adventures. After the first volunteer project, my best friend and I traveled to Europe and the U.K. for an additional three weeks while visiting eight countries. If I were to pass on any advice it would most definitely be to travel while you can. You won’t regret it!