What first got you interested in your field of choice?
I always had an interest in pharmacy at a young age but was particularly interested in science. Something I used to do for fun was use magnifying glasses to shine heat onto fallen leaves. Doing childish experiments like this were what interested me in chemistry. I majored in chemistry because of my interest in experimentation and its potential as a future career focus. Additionally, I chose chemistry as an initial step in applying for pharmacy school to distinguish myself as a student since most pharmacy applicants were biology or biochemistry majors. However, after spending 4 years of undergrad learning about the different types of chemistry, I realized that chemistry was not something I saw myself continuing with. Pharmacy was my true passion as it combined clinical decision-making with drug application and patient care.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
My journey towards pharmacy was one filled with hardship, struggle, and constant setbacks. Although my goal of becoming a pharmacist was resolute, my dedication towards that goal was inadequate. I would often do well in classes, only later to find myself immersed in playing games like League of Legends, reading webtoons, manga, and watching anime shows. These excessive hobbies of mine eventually showed their negative consequences as I performed poorly in school soon after. It was a vicious cycle of achievement and disappointment. Many “close but not quite” moments occurred and each subsequent one had a stronger effect on my mental health. Nearing the end of college, I was able to pull myself together and discipline myself enough to only move forward towards achieving my goal. Being accepted at KGI and surrounding myself with individuals who motivate me and look out for me has helped me excel.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
I knew KGI was the right school for me after interacting with its amazing faculty and staff. Every individual I met along the way had shown me great support and enthusiasm. KGI is a school that deeply cares for its students, and it has shown that through its high priority on student feedback. A tight-knit community with caring professionals and staff was something I found lacking in many other schools. KGI has provided this to me since the very beginning and has continued to do so even today. The various relationships I have developed with the faculty, staff, classmates, underclassmen, and upperclassmen are proof of this and I couldn’t have had a better experience.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
I wanted to become an Admissions Ambassador so that I could share the great experiences I’ve had at KGI. By being an ambassador, I can play a bigger role in connecting with students and potential individuals interested in being a part of our amazing community. One of my goals is to no longer have KGI confused with the Keck School of Medicine because KGI is special, and I would like others to see that. Spreading KGI’s name and sharing what it has to offer to others is something I want to do and hope to accomplish as an ambassador.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
One fun and interesting fact about me is that I like to exercise and weightlift at the gym, but when COVID-19 happened, I stopped exercising and had lost over 25 pounds. I have since been exercising again hope to regain my fitness.
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