The Student Ambassador Club is made up of approximately 40 students from the first and second years of the program. The Ambassadors provide tours to prospective students during events at the Hillsboro Campus in Hillsboro. Ambassadors also work very closely with the Admissions office in providing an invaluable resource for prospective students, especially during our admissions interview days.
Please feel free to contact our current officers with questions regarding the pharmacy program!
School of Pharmacy Student Ambassador Club Officers
President: Louis Kouch
Class year: 2016
My hobbies: Dancing, eating, reading, playing guitar, hanging out with friends and exploring new places.
#1 tip for prospective PacificU student: I think something really important to keep in mind for this program is balance. Study hard, but also take the time to make new friends and experience the food/art/scene that Portland has to offer. I would also highly recommend taking part in some of the multitude of extra-curriculars that Pacific has to offer. It can be easy to be overwhelmed in a program like this, but taking the time to balance work and play is beneficial for keeping grounded while also taking full advantage of the development of your career with your peers.
Reason I chose Pacific University: The program at Pacific University stood out from other pharmacy programs because of its block curriculum. The ability to focus on one subject at a time was appealing and seemed best to fit my studying habits. Additionally, Pacific values and emphasizes the idea of teamwork, which I find to be a beneficial trait for any healthcare profession. Lastly, the student ambassadors and staff made a lasting impression during my interview, as they were very comforting and enthusiastic about the program. Overall, I felt the most at home while being at Pacific.
My hobbies: Gymnastics, eating, traveling, spending time with my family, friends, & dog, and watching TV
#1 tip to prospective PacificU student: Get involved! There are a variety of extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities available at Pacific. Although studying is a high priority, it is also important to make the most out of your experience in pharmacy school. You’ll learn that time management is key, but always make time for yourself and have fun!
Secretary: Cris Thach
Class year: 2016
Undergraduate education: BS in Public Health; Santa Clara University
Hometown: Santa Clara, CA
Reasons I chose Pacific University: When first hearing about Pacific University, I felt that the curriculum provided here suited me very well. Particularly, the block system was appealing because I felt that focusing on one subject at a time would enhance my learning. Moreover, the team-based learning environment provided by Pacific is something that I feel is important in the field of pharmacy, where you will interact with patients and other healthcare providers. Furthermore, the multitude of organizations and clubs provided by Pacific supplemented in-class learning with other options to get involved. One of the strongest reasons I chose Pacific University was due to the kindness and warmth the staff and student ambassadors demonstrated during my interview day. I felt that the characteristics exemplified on that day highlighted Pacific’s goals for their students. Overall, I chose Pacific University due to the emphasis placed on certain skills, topics and characteristics in the program that I know will be invaluable to me as a pharmacist.
My hobbies: hiking, hanging out with friends, listening to music, playing video games, sleeping.
#1 tip to prospective PacificU student: Be sure to participate in some extracurricular activities, such as clubs and organizations. In doing so, you’ll learn more about the pharmacy profession, have a better-rounded CV, and meet tons of great people. In addition, the people you meet during your time at PacificU, in school and during rotations, will have huge impact on your learning and success as a future pharmacist. Even though PacificU offers an accelerated program, try not to be so stressed during school. Good time-management, nailing down your studying habits and taking some time out of each day to relax and do the things you enjoy are important to success.
Public Relations: Chris Tong
Class year: 2016
Undergraduate education: BS in General Science; Oregon State University
Hometown: Portland, OR
Reasons I chose Pacific University: Before attending the interview day at Pacific University, the only reason I wanted to attend this school was because it was closer to my family compared to living near Oregon State University. Being with my family and community is extremely important to me, but after the interview day at Pacific University, that was not the only reason I wanted to attend the school. I felt a warmth and closeness within this community that I would love to belong in. Each and every professor I met that day showed their love, care, and concern for the students. They showed that they were all willing to help when needed and be there for you through the difficult blocks. They presented that there was not such a thing as dumb questions with their willingness and welcome to answer and approach every question. The current students also showed their love for this university and the students. They tried their best to calm all the interviewers’ nerves and make them as comfortable as possible. In addition to the warmth and close-knit community, the three year program and block systems did not hurt its cause either.
My hobbies: Basketball, volleyball, sports, running, exploring
#1 tip to prospective PacificU student: Time management is a big part of success in this program. If you want to have free time to hang out with friends or go to the gym, then when you study, you cannot procrastinate. You have to get down to business and focus on what needs to be done so you can create more potential time for other events and activities. Learn how to use your time effectively and efficiently if you want to succeed.
Treasurer: Amanda Hurley
Class year: 2016
Undergraduate education: BS in Business Administration, emphasis in Finance; San Diego State University
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Reason I chose Pacific University: I was initially drawn to Pacific University’s block curriculum, which allows students to dedicate their time and attention to one subject at hand. Additionally, the program’s emphasis on teamwork and their student-centered learning environment really appealed to me. I liked the idea of collaborating with my peers and being a part of a program that truly focuses on the students. Furthermore, the faculty and Ambassadors I met during my interview played a significant role in my decision to attend Pacific. They were all incredibly welcoming and genuinely excited about the program. In retrospect, I know Pacific University was the right choice for me and am really grateful to be a part of such a remarkable school and program.
My hobbies: spending time with family and friends, foodie adventures, movie nights, coffee dates, hiking, sightseeing.#1 tip for prospective PacificU student: I highly encourage students to get involved and take advantage of all of the leadership and extracurricular opportunities Pacific University has to offer. Pharmacy school can be stressful, but in the end, the friendships you build and memories you create will make it all worth it. Be sure to study hard but don’t forget to enjoy your time at Pacific!