School of Pharmacy Student Ambassadors
The Student Ambassador Club is made up of approximately 60 students from the first and second years of the program. The ambassadors provide tours to prospective students during events at the Hillsboro Campus. 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, or visit the Pacific University School of Pharmacy Facebook page for more information.
School of Pharmacy Student Ambassador Club Officers
President | Paige Pasternack PharmD ‘22
Undergraduate education | BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, Washington State University, Vancouver Campus
Hometown | Vancouver, Wash.
Reason I chose Pacific University | I personally chose Pacific University because I was interested in a faster paced program where I could primarily focus on one core subject matter at a time. Additionally, I liked the fact that the school offered many clubs, organizations, and learning tracks that would allow students the ability to get involved in a variety of ways.
My hobbies | In my free time I like to spend as much time as I can with my family, friends, and of course my pets. Some of my favorite activities include playing games, trying new restaurants or activities around Portland, and cooking/baking.
#1 tip for prospective Pacific students | Find a good balance between school work and other aspects of your life. With it being such a fast paced program it is easy to get overly stressed or to dedicate all of your time to school. However, it is important to take a break sometimes to focus on your mental health and the other priorities in your life.
Vice President | Huyen “Helen” Nguyen PharmD ‘22
Undergraduate education | BS in General Science with a minor in Business Administration, Portland State University
Hometown | Portland, Ore.
Reason I chose Pacific University | Pacific University's system of being an accelerated, competency-based, and block system were the primary factors that drew me towards their pharmacy program. During my interactions with the faculty, students, and ambassadors they were all very friendly towards me and each other. I could see and feel the genuine warmth and care within the community and I loved it.
My hobbies | I love to spend my free time with my family and friends. I enjoy going out to eat at different restaurants, drinking boba, and trying new things. To relax, I often binge watch TV shows and listen to music. I also like to travel and explore anywhere and everywhere!
#1 tip for prospective Pacific students | I would advise prospective students to speak to current and past students and/or graduate pharmacists to become more knowledgeable regarding the program and the experiences others had. I also think it's important to make sure to be flexible and have good time management skills. Don't be afraid to reach out to others for help or with any questions. It's easy to want to keep to yourself, but the relationships you build within the program are worth it, whether it's through organizations or within the classroom.
Secretary | Brandie Mendoza PharmD ‘22
Undergraduate education | BS in Public Health, Pacific University
Hometown | Ewa Beach, Hawai‘i
Reasons I chose Pacific University | I was drawn to Pacific University's friendly and supportive atmosphere. The faculty and staff here are very student-oriented and are focused on helping their students succeed. The block schedule also appealed to me because I like that I am able to focus on one subject instead of having to learn multiple topics at a time, allowing for better comprehension of the material.
My hobbies | My hobbies include: baking, eating, and binge watching any k-dramas, shows on Netflix or Disney.
#1 tip to prospective Pacific students | Resiliency is key especially in this 2020 year. It is important to be able to adapt to changes that surface and not let it stray you away from your goals. Keep persevering.
Treasurer | Aiden “Hung” Nguyen PharmD ‘22
Undergraduate education | BS in Chemistry, Pacific University
Hometown | Tigard, Ore.
Reason I chose Pacific University | While attending Pacific University, I have experienced the mission and values throughout my four years of undergraduate, which are aligned with what Pacific University Oregon School of Pharmacy listed. Pacific University does not only excel in teaching but also in creating a diverse and sustainable community environment which I am grateful for. I chose to continue my education because the program is not only designed to be fast pace but also a place to explore myself in different settings of pharmacy fields such as leadership, pharmaceutical research, international study, clinical hospital settings, and many others.
My hobbies | After a busy week of school, I like to take some time off to refresh myself by hanging out with friends and family, trying out new foods at different places, watching movies, and volunteering at various meaningful events, as well fun activities. Besides those, I also like to spend time doing research in the lab.
#1 tip to prospective Pacific students | Research the programs before applying to pharmacy school because applications are time-consuming and expensive. Most accredited schools will teach us the fundamentals of pharmacy and how to train our mindset for practice, but it is up to us to find more opportunities to push ourselves forward and become successful. In terms of transitioning to pharmacy school, practice TIME MANAGEMENT. It is the most crucial skill to survive pharmacy school. Also, be prepared to adapt to the new environment because the program is designed for students to find ways to fit themselves in the program, not the other way around.
Public Relations | Uyen Nguyen PharmD ‘22
Undergraduate education | BS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, Davis
Hometown | Hayward, Calif.
Reason I chose Pacific University | I chose Pacific University School of Pharmacy due to the fast pace curriculum that will challenge me as a student. The program provides a unique structure, known as the modified block design, that allows me to learn one topic at a time with the most innovative approaches. Pacific University’s dedication to diversity and inclusion allows me to be part of a community that fosters learning and growth. Most importantly, I feel that the program enriches students with knowledge to be the leaders in healthcare professions.
My hobbies | In my free time, I like to spend quality time with friends and family. Most weekends are spent going on adventures to eat tasty food and drink delicious boba. To help me clear my mind, I enjoy hiking and exploring the beautiful nature attractions of Oregon.
#1 tip to prospective Pacific students | Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The heavy course load might seem overwhelming but if you are having trouble understanding the materials, ask the professor or a classmate for help. I used to believe that I was better off learning on my own. However, I found out that different perspectives and styles of learning when studying allowed me to look at the material in a different manner, which made it easier to recall the information during exams.