by Bonnie Eissner
Nine years ago, Geralde Vivi Anoukela Njatou left her home in Cameroon for the United States, determined to earn a college degree and pursue a career in medicine.
Njatou worked for a year at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before enrolling in Adelphi’s nursing program. A friend from Cameroon recommended Adelphi, and she selected the school over others she was admitted to.
She is happy she did. “I like the way our professors teach,” she said, noting that they take the time to address students’ questions. “They can take as much time as you need to explain what you don’t understand,” she said.
Njatou, likewise, has impressed her professors. Jasmine Travers, who has taught Njatou in Fundamentals of Nursing Theory and Fundamentals of Nursing Lab, said, “Vivi has a passion to learn all that she can in nursing which is demonstrated by her time commitments to her studies and her collaborations with other nursing students.”
A native French speaker, Njatou also appreciates the Manhattan Center Library, where she can access all the necessary books and resources and find a quiet place to prepare for classes. “I take hours and hours to study because I need to understand the language,” she said.
She recently began her clinical rotation at Lenox Hill Hospital
, which she described as “very, very exciting.” She said that the experience “enforced that I really like doing this.” “I feel like I was in the right place,” she said, and she is eager to help more patients.