What first got you interested in your field of choice?
My mom was a big influence on why I strongly pursued this career. She experienced a double stroke and had a long list of maintenance medications to balance her illnesses. Unfortunately, my mother was not compliant with taking these meds and her health started to decline faster because of this. As her loving daughter, if only I had more education on how to counsel her on the importance of medication compliance and how they work in our bodies, I can contribute to prolonging her life that much longer. So, I dedicate this pursued PharmD degree to Mom.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
In the early years of my undergrad degree, I became a mother. Trying to figure out how to balance this new lifestyle of being a mom and a student was a struggle and my grades were suffering. I took a break from school, as my priority was to raise my family and I needed to learn how to time manage more efficiently. Fast forward eight years, my children were now self-sufficient and I was ready and determined to finish the educational goals I had set out for myself. I re-enrolled and I completed all my pre-requisites required to apply to KGI. KGI admissions saw my 8-year gap and wasn’t quite convinced that I was ready to take on such a large load of courses. KGI told me to give them two more semesters worth of grades with at least a B grade; then they’ll invite me for an interview for admissions. I was determined and I knew for a fact I was ready! I took the advice and enrolled in two more semesters of core science classes and I earned A’s and got placed on the President List for that college as I achieved a 4.0 GPA. This has ultimately been the best accomplishment of my life.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
KGI presented the method of having a flipped classroom. This style ultimately gives me the power to learn things over and over again until it’s burned in my brain. I absolutely love this feature of having prerecorded video lectures so I can freely rewatch them as many times as I need in order to succeed.
Another reason why KGI stood out to me, is the genuine caring faculty that KGI has. From my very first encounter on KGI’s campus, I observed how staff will go above and beyond to make you feel like family. This is a great environment to feel like you won’t be left behind, as they will make sure they have done their part to help you get the tools you need to succeed.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
My first visit to KGI had the most informative and welcoming admissions ambassadors. I felt so comfortable speaking to them directly to get their insight into what they dealt with as a KGI student. These individuals were a part of my journey in deciding on applying to KGI. Since then, I told myself, “Once I get accepted into KGI, I would LOVE to be an admissions ambassador so I too can help encourage and mentor prospective students, as I too was in their shoes not so long ago.”
I feel like it is my honor to give back to KGI by taking on this position so I can share my experience on how I became a P1 student. Hopefully, I too can make a positive impact in someone’s life.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I am a self-taught baker. Through the magic of YouTube, I have learned how to make custom cakes for many events. I now have many requests to make dessert bar spreads and special themed birthday or wedding cakes. My most current cake design looked exactly like a huge California Roll Sushi.
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