“Nursing afforded me everything,” says Kathy Cossu, MLS Class of ’64. As a member of the first class at Martin Luther School, Kathy has many fond memories that helped shape her life and career.
“Being in the first class was awesome. We never had anyone above us. It was just a nice small group and that allowed our school experience to become very family-oriented.” Kathy also remembered how the family-oriented environment and small class sizes contributed to her learning experiences. “The teaching is more individualized. You get more attention and the teachers actually know you and understand you. You make better bonds with each other and care about each other…It is nothing like walking into a classroom with one hundred students where you may not even know the person to your left or right.” Kathy has been able to stay in touch with fellow classmates through Facebook. “I am very proud to be a part of the first class of MLS. It will always be a distinction…we were the pioneers. “
Kathy remembered being President of the Nursing Club and the amazing teachers she had during her time including Mr. Steinberg and Mr. Merit, Mr. and Mrs. Herberich, and Mr. and Mrs. Geisler. She says, “all the teachers were great, every single one.” As someone who walked our halls, she wanted to share a few pieces of advice for our current Cougars. “My biggest advice to students is not to panic. You don’t have to know what you want to do right away. I always had RN as my baseline, but I have done so many other things. Love what you do, and don’t just do it for the paycheck. You have to be passionate about what you do in life.”
After graduating MLS, Kathy attended Nursing School at the Long Island City College. While she was going to school she also worked in the Veteran’s Hospital. She remembers telling her mother, “I want to be a nurse and I want to do everything.” She explained that nursing gave her so many opportunities and adventures throughout her career. After working at St. Vincent in Manhattan with incredible doctors, she started working in the TV & Film Industry. “I had 200 people every day that I took care of…from scratches, to heart attacks, to passing kidney stones. We were working 14-15 hour shifts and eating on set. These jobs and the film industry also had a very family-oriented atmosphere that was familiar to me.” Kathy worked with great actors and actresses on a number of different shows and featured films including the Muppets. “I worked with David Lain when he buried himself alive.” She had even been offered to play the nurse roles in the shows on a few occasions.
Because of the experience she gained many people sought her advice for working in the film industry as a nurse. She decided to develop a course and train people on how to do her job. She later wrote a book titled, “Cinematic Health & Wellness” which offered health tips and holistic solutions for people working on sets. “I am very thankful for my career. I loved it.”
Kathy retired two years ago from the Film Industry and now owns an agency for booking entertainers. Her career has allowed her to travel around the world and meet amazing people at every stop. She currently resides in Staten Island and will be moving to Florida shortly.
“One big reason I would recommend attending MLS to a family looking for a new school is because of the religious background. Many schools have taken God out of Education. I always believe in putting trust in God. Ask him to take you where he wants you and everything will work out.”
Kathy will be hosting the “Fundraiser for the Troops” event on Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at the Puglia Restaurant in Staten Island. If you are interested in attending please see the flyer here.
We want to thank Kathy for taking the time to tell us about her MLS experience and incredible career. We know that our current Cougars will be excited to hear her advice & learn about her career as a Nurse in the Film Industry.
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