Mohammed Matinnejad is never quite sure what the day will bring.
Whether he’s in a classroom or out on a disaster run, Matinnejad doesn’t know what to expect. But he is sure of one thing: his work with the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts has given him the skills he needs to take on anything.
“When you pick up a shift, you really don’t know whether there will be a fire that night, a storm hitting or if it'll be quiet. You go to bed and hope for the best, but you always have to be ready to go,” he said.
Matinnejad is a student at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and picks up several shifts a week as a Red Cross disaster action team member.
He said disaster work has readied him for his fourth year of studies, which include Public Health and Pre-Med.
“Working in Disaster Services, you’re always on the go. You are prepared to respond to a small kitchen fire all, or to collaborate on a big operation for an upcoming storm,” Matinnejad said. “In school, not everything is always expected and you may have to deal with challenges that come along. I believe being part of Red Cross really made me ready to deal with those situations much better.”
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