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Meet our Student Ambassadors

Submit a question to our student ambassadors at pharm.ambassadors@wsu.edu.

 


Justin VoName: Justin Vo
Hometown: Westminster, Calif.
Program Year: Class of 2021, Spokane
Undergraduate coursework: California State University of Long Beach
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in biochemistry

 
Why did you choose WSU? From the first day of my interview up until now, the support I have received are still endless. The sense of belonging I got from the student ambassadors and faculty members made it very hard for me to decide otherwise that WSU was the school for me.

What do you like best about WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS)? The curriculum is very forgiving and it is focused on making sure that we have all of the tools and opportunities needed to succeed in this program.

Something unique about you: I’m a pebble wrestler.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? During my first year at WSU, I was given the chance to be a part of several organizations that allowed me to significant grow as a student. I’m now an active member of Kappa Psi Beta Pi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, APhA-ASP, and the Student Ambassador Orientation Director. I’m excited for the remaining years I have left here at WSU and look forward to inspiring future pharmacy students along the way.



Taylor BirklandName: Taylor Birkland
Hometown: Ridgefield, Wash.
Program Year: Class 2021, Spokane
Undergraduate coursework: Washington State University- Vancouver.
Do you have a degree? BA in Biology minor in Chemistry and minor in molecular biology.

 
Why did you choose WSU? I loved the environment of WSUV and wanted to continue my education with WSU.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? I love the friendly environment the professors and fellow students provide and that the college provides many opportunities to be involved.

Something unique about you: I have been sky diving.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while at pharmacy student? I got an Australian Shepard puppy named Cooper.



Christine LeName: Christine Le
Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
Program Year: Class of 2021, Spokane
Undergraduate coursework: California State University of Long Beach
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology with a minor in Chemistry

 
Why did you choose WSU? The competency based assessment model really appealed to me, since it allowed students to focus more on understanding and learning skills. And the student ambassadors I met here during my interview made me feel very welcomed and I saw myself continuing my education here.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? I like that there is a strong sense of community. And that fellow students and faculty are always willing to lend a helping hand!

Something unique about you: I hiked to Havasupai Falls last summer, 10/10 would recommend!

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? During my first year, I became involved in a couple organizations. I am the incoming Student Ambassador Training Director and a member of Kappa Psi Beta Pi Fraternity, where I have made many valuable friendships.



Monica AlcalaName: Monica Alcala
Hometown: Burbank, Calif.
Program Year: Class of 2021, Spokane
Undergraduate coursework: Concordia University Irvine
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Arts in Biology

 

Why did you choose WSU? The reason I chose WSU is because of the faculty, staff, and students I met here during my interview. Everyone is here to help each other succeed, including the professors and staff. I also appreciate the open door policy that professors have here. As long as their office door is open, they are available for any questions and concerns you might have for them.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? The many opportunities to be involved on campus. In the beginning I thought that going to pharmacy school was just about being a student. But WSU offers many leadership positions and organizations that you can be involved in to help grow as a pharmacy student.

Something unique about you: One fun goal I have in life is to visit all the Disneylands in the world, which I completed! Until Shanghai Disneyland opened up in 2016.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? As a first year pharmacy student I wanted to be more active in school. I am a member of Kappa Psi and currently involved with their media committee. I also enjoy being a part of student ambassadors and being the Program Relations Director.



Virginia GonzalezName: Virginia Gonzalez
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
Program Year: Class of 2021, Yakima
Undergraduate coursework: University of California, Davis
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

 

Why did you choose WSU? I chose WSU because of the warm and welcoming community that I felt during my interview. I felt like I was at home and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? I really like the teaching style of WSU. The active learning environment promotes collaboration and the small class size of the Yakima campus is perfect for me.

Something unique about you: I have never broken a bone before.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? Going on road trips with the new friends I’ve made.



Alan LangName: Alan Lang
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Program Year: Class of 2021, Yakima
Undergraduate coursework: University Of Washington, Seattle
Do you have a degree? Bachelors in Biochemistry, Bachelors In Chemistry

 

Why did you choose WSU? What do you like best about WSU CPPS? I chose WSU because it offers more opportunities to engage in student activities, develop leadership experience, and get help when needed. It also has such an inviting environment that enables to express myself openly.

Something unique about you: I am left handed and I know how to play five musical instruments.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? The college has given me so many opportunities that I am grateful of. I was recently elected the Finance VP-Elect for APhA-ASP, will be the President-Elect for NCPA, became a WSU student ambassador and soon after Orientation Director Elect. I also became an ambassador for the American Diabetes Association. Outside of leadership, I was fortunate enough to also be members of Yakima Student Pharmacist Association, SNPhA, and ASHP.



Peter BonillaName: Peter Bonilla
Hometown: Folsom, Calif.
Program Year: Class of 2021, Yakima
Undergraduate coursework: Pacific Union College
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry

 
Why did you choose WSU? All the faculty and students are very knowledgeable and kind. I found that WSU not only focuses on academics like most schools. WSU provides a positive environment where students, as well as, faculty can build meaningful relationships with one another. It was very apparent to me that WSU saw me a person looking to better healthcare and not just a student.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? What I like best about WSU is the sense of community that students and faculty create. Everyone here wants to make sure you succeed and grow, not only as a future pharmacist but as a person.

Something unique about you: I have five siblings

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? I went to APhA-ASP’s Midyear Regional Meeting in Seattle and met many fellow student pharmacists from Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Alaska. I also became APhA-ASP’s immunization chair for the Yakima campus as well as, co-director for orientation for the Yakima campus. I have also found a passion for hiking while living in the Pacific Northwest.