What first got you interested in your field of choice?
I chose to pursue a career in pharmacy due to my interest in chemistry and passion to work in healthcare. I was interested in chemistry in middle school and grew to appreciate it more throughout high school and undergrad. When deciding what I wanted to do as a career, pharmacy was presented to me, and I was instantly enticed to pursue it as it combined both chemistry and healthcare together.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
One of the types of obstacles I had to face was the transition from a large university to a smaller, close knit graduate school. I’ve come to realize that at this school, I am not just another face in the crowd in a room of 150 students at a university, but someone who is now recognizable amongst their peers. Being part of a smaller school community has allowed me to be more proactive and more involved in student government and help voice the opinions of my class. Another type of obstacle I faced was struggling with time management. I had a difficult time prioritizing my activities, efforts, and schedules in undergrad, but it wasn’t until a Professional Development course at KGI that got me to stop and re-evaluate my time spent on my school, work, and social lives. KGI has and continues to offer its students resources and tools to help them succeed in their academic and career goals.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
I knew KGI was the right school for me when I learned about its team-based learning environment. Working in collaboration with other students has always been beneficial for me and when I heard from pharmacy student panelists at a KGI Visit Day that classes and classrooms were structured towards team-based learning, I was immediately attracted to KGI’s School of Pharmacy.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
I became an Admissions Ambassador because I wanted to help give back to the KGI community by helping others like me find their niche at KGI. I want to help students look for the right graduate school for them and have them consider KGI as a potential school to help further their academic career goals.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
One interesting fact about me is that I love musical theater and I have performed in over 25 musical productions at local community theaters. In 2014, I won a National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for my role as the “Beast” in Beauty and the Beast Jr.