What first got you interested in your field of choice?
After working in different computer technology fields, I found myself in search of a new career. My initial interests led me to enroll in an associate degree for health information technology at a community college. I was later encouraged by friends and classmates to pursue a more challenging career goal in the healthcare industry. After talking to a couple pharmacists I happened to meet at community events, I became interested in pharmacy because of the roles pharmacists play and the personal impact they have in the lives of their patients especially those with chronic health conditions.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
Since my undergraduate study was not in a healthcare-related area, I had to spend a few semesters in community colleges to complete the required coursework for pharmacy school. It was also a difficult transition for me back then as I had not been in school for many years and the type of subjects and materials I had to learn forced me to come up with a more effective study method. Additionally, because I did not have any prior pharmacy experience, I began to volunteer at a community pharmacy then an outpatient pharmacy in order to gain some exposure to the profession in different settings.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
After applying to a few pharmacy schools outside Southern California, I decided to attend one closer to home for personal reasons. KGI was one of the newer schools that caught my attention because of the certificate programs to help students gain additional knowledge and experience needed to work in the employment sectors they prefer. Although at that time KGI had not earned accreditation, I had confidence in the school’s ability to succeed with the resources and support from the Claremont Colleges. The school’s reputation in postgraduate education in applied life sciences and connection to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry would provide me with unique opportunities to explore additional career paths. Lastly, during the interview process I felt very comfortable talking to everyone involved and believed that KGI has a learning environment that promotes innovation and interaction.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
During a visitation day that I attended, I was fortunate to meet a couple helpful pharmacy students who were very courteous in answering all my questions. They helped me understand a lot about the team-based environment and flip-classroom learning at KGI as well as how the curriculum is structured. With their insights, I knew what to expect and prepare for my first semester at KGI. Now as a current student, I would like to continue the tradition by helping potential and incoming students to make proper preparations and have a successful transition to pharmacy school.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
When I was younger, I had a variety of pets. I once had a dog, a cat, two small hamsters, and a tank full of guppies. Now I only have a greenish blue delta-tail male betta with me. He has been my loyal companion for the past two years and a very considerate roommate.
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