What first got you interested in your field of choice?
My path to pharmacy began when I became more exposed to chemistry through school, while simultaneously discovering my desire to serve others through community service in various organizations. As I continued to develop my knowledge and skills in the sciences, I then realized my additional interests in health and fitness while I was pursuing my chemistry degree. Once I graduated from UC Merced, I confirmed my path by obtaining experience in an independent pharmacy in Newport Beach, CA and a lab at UCLA that specialized in performance-enhancing drugs, steroids, and drugs of abuse. The culmination of my efforts and passions eventually led me to a career in pharmacy.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
Pharmacy was once an uncertain path because although my persistence was unwavering, I lacked the discipline to execute my plans in order to achieve my goals. It wasn’t until I began to take time to reflect on my actions and habits, in addition to surrounding myself with like-minded individuals, that I grew and became the person I am today. I occasionally have urges to slip back into old habits, however, KGI has amazing faculty and a student body that continuously strives to achieve more. The environment and resources KGI provided serve as a reminder for me that I can count on the university to not only keep my stress at a minimum but also challenge me to reach new levels.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
KGI attracted me with the interprofessional education, team-based learning, and more close-knit class sizes. As someone who came from a small class size during my time at UC Merced, I had a familiar appreciation for the ease of access with faculty and the abundance of opportunities this type of environment had to offer. Such opportunities include getting to know faculty much better and having a more impactful voice, especially during this pandemic.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
I decided to become an Admissions Ambassador because I wanted to use my own anecdotal journey to connect with other students and individuals who may have had similar experiences to mine. My goal is to help other students understand what KGI has to offer as a professional graduate school and make the best decision to work towards developing their careers.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
An interesting fact about me is that I learned how to make my own pre-workout supplement from scratch and have taught several of my friends how to make their own and cater it to their personal needs.