Open book . . . Rob Mayer, GEP ’13

April 06, 2011

Each Wednesday, the Daily Voice introduces you to a student or resident at UMass Medical School. We’ve asked our subjects to answer a few questions that might reveal a little of their personalities. If you know someone who you’d like to see profiled, let us know at


Rob Mayer from West Roxbury is a Graduate School of Nursing Graduate Entry Pathway student.

 Rob Mayer

Why did you choose UMass Medical School?

This is a renowned program that offers specialties I wanted to pursue and tuition rates for in-state students are appreciable. I might also have a crush on Worcester. 

Describe yourself in six words (or fake medical jargon) or fewer. 

Agoodpencanchangemyday, cyclingkeepsmesane, isaybagelweird 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, name three things you would want. 

A sailboat and the Idiot’s Guide to Sailing. A harmonica. 

If you could have dinner with a famous person, living or dead, who would that be and why? 

Bill Murray: Eating and laughing are two of my favorite things . . . wait no, they are my two favorite things.

What person or experience made you decide to pursue a graduate nursing degree? 

A stranger on the street I met one day confided in me: he wanted to make life changes but neither he nor I knew what to do. I decided that becoming prepared to face this situation again, and perhaps for the rest of my life, might be exactly what I want to do. 

What is the most interesting or challenging job (paid or unpaid) you’ve ever had and what did you learn about yourself? 

TA for Anatomy & Physiology: I love teaching older adolescents and young adults. 

What would your fellow students be surprised to learn about you? 

I dance in my apartment to David Bowie. 

If UMass Medical School had not been an option, what would you be doing right now? 

See previous response. 

If you could change the world as a nursing leader, what would you like to do? 

Convince public spending to support teaching proper nutrition and exercise science in school curricula that meshes with school lunches and fitness programs. 

Most surprising thing you’ve found out about graduate school? 

It’s like a 7/11, it doesn’t seem to ever close. 

Most surprising thing you’ve discovered about Worcester? 

People in cars are pretty considerate to cyclists.