10 Big Trocaire Questions: Fall 2014 Edition (Part 1)

The Fall 2014 semester is already heading into its sixth week, believe it or not. That’s enough time for freshmen, transfers and other first-year students to start figuring out life at Trocaire College.

In part one of our two-part interview, meet a pair of our school’s newest recruits — and be sure to say hello when you see them on campus.

Talking Trocaire: 10 Questions for Kayla and Christina

Kayla Catalano and Christina Albano

Meet the students:

Name: Kayla Catalano (left)
Major: Nursing
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Kenmore
High School: Kenmore West
Twitter: @kayyy_cat

Name: Christina Albano
Major: Nursing
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lancaster
High School: Lancaster
Twitter: @albano_tina

1. What class are you coming from?

KC: We were just coming from an open lab. We were practicing blood pressure readings.

2. What led you two to attend Trocaire?

KC: I went to Daemen last year, and as part of the nursing program, there is a 1-2-1 partnership with Trocaire. So, last year, I went to Daemen, and for the next two years, I’ll go to Trocaire. Then, for the last year, I’ll go back to Daemen.

CA: I’m doing the same thing. I’m going to Daemen, and this is our partner school — they place you here.

KC: I want to be an RN. I want to go into pediatric nursing and work with kids — I just like helping people.

CA: The medical field is good to get into right now. There’s lot of good job opportunities.

3. What’s the last good movie you saw?

KC: I’m trying to think of what I saw recently…

CA: We saw a good movie in class about how to give a bed bath the other day. (laughs)

KC: I haven’t seen a movie in a long time. The last movie I saw at the movie theater was something about the Planet of the Apes. I didn’t really like it too much, my boyfriend made me go.

CA: The Maze Runner. It was so good. I had never heard of it before, I had no idea what it was about, and I went to see it because I went with a group of people from work, and it was so good. I cried.

4. How was your weekend? 

KC: I watched TV, relaxed and stuff. Worked, caught up on schoolwork.

CA: I work at Mighty Taco. I worked a lot this weekend.

5. Who’s your favorite Trocaire instructor?

KC: Probably my NU 112 instructor, Ms. (Patricia) Battaglia. She has a laid-back attitude and makes you feel comfortable.

CA: Ms. Battaglia is great. I feel like she explains things very well.

6. What has surprised you about Trocaire? 

KC: Probably how hands-on everything is — classes, the labs, the mannequins that we work with. Trocaire has all of the equipment that you would find in an actual hospital. I didn’t think it would be this well-equipped.

CA: I like that it’s small, that it has smaller classes. You get a lot more individual attention with the instructors.

7. Are you Bills fans? Any thoughts on yesterday’s game (a 23-17 loss to Houston)? 

KC: No, I hate football. I work at Tim Hortons — I worked yesterday, and then I took a nap (laughs).

CA: I’m not really a football fan. When everyone else is watching the game, I’m making tacos.

8. What’s one good insider tip about Trocaire you’ve learned in your first month? 

KC: Parking can be really hard. I just park in the Knights of Columbus parking lot and take the shuttle.

CA: Do your reading. It sounds obvious, but it really helps your understanding of everything that’s discussed in your classes.

9. What piece of advice do you have for new students, or people thinking about becoming students?

CA: Buy all of your books. Some people tell you that you don’t need all of the books — don’t listen to them. We actually get a lot more work that comes directly out of the book than I would have thought.

KC: There’s definitely a lot of heavy coursework, but it’s worth it. The campus is set up to help you – open labs, tutoring, things like that. You do have easy access to professors, if you need to email them or talk to them. And also, the online classes are a good thing to take – I am taking two online classes, and it reduces the amount of time you have to be on campus.

10. What’s your favorite social network?

KC: Instagram. It’s fun to look at people.

CA: I like Twitter, just because it’s acceptable to tweet what you’re doing every 20 minutes without being judged.

Thank you to Kayla and Christina for taking the time to talk. Remember to follow Trocaire on Twitter at @TrocaireCollege for more campus news, updates and info.