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Meet our Student Ambassadors

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

 

Name: Alyssa DeGreef
Program Year: Class of 2022, Spokane

Why did you choose WSU? I chose WSU because of the unique way our program integrates progressive testing and learning with a heavy emphasis on developing character and community within the program.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? I like the way our program uses active learning, so that lectures are outside of class and in-class time is spent working with classmates to ensure our understanding of material.

Something unique about you: I come from a military family and lived out of the country.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? I am planning a trip to Thailand with some of my classmates for next December!


Name: Crystal Lewis
Program Year: Class of 2022, Spokane

Why did you choose WSU? I chose WSU because of the supportive and welcoming environment that was immediately presented to me during the interview process. I felt an overwhelming sense of belonging from the staff, student ambassadors, and other students that made WSU truly unique.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? I like the active learning classroom model that WSU uses that takes away the competitiveness between students and encourages them to help and support each other succeed in the program.

Something unique about you: I danced at a Globetrotters halftime show.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? In my first year of pharmacy school I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join several organizations like APhA-ASP, SNPhA, and Kappa Psi Beta Pi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, as well as further develop leadership skills in holding a position as the Student Ambassador Orientation Director. The events that these organizations have hosted have been fun, exciting, and a great way to meet other classmates and students from other cohorts.


Name: Shannon Patterson
Hometown: Yakima, WA
Program Year: Class of 2022, Spokane
Undergraduate coursework: University of Arizona

Why did you choose WSU? I choose WSU College of Pharmacy for the inclusive environment. When first starting to apply to pharmacy school, I was extremely intimidated and scared about the process. When walking on this campus for interviews, is the moment I knew this campus is right for me. I was welcomed by faculty, professors and fellow peers in the program and instantly felt welcomed. Throughout orientation and my first semester of pharmacy school, the inclusive and positive environment only grew stronger.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? What I like best about WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is that no matter what year in school you are, your age, your ethnicity, your gender, your religion, your morals; everyone is kind and welcoming. The passion this school has for bettering the community is truly inspirational. Finally, the diverse paths and options that this school has within the Pharmacy school creates endless options to suit all types of students.

Something unique about you: The one and only time I did a back flip, I broke my foot in 8 places

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? I have attended Pharmacy conferences, in which I met some of my best friends and have lifelong memories made from. I didn’t expect Pharmacy school to have fun and social events, but the conferences are a great time to network and make lifelong bonds.


Karen VoName: Karen Vo
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Program Year: Class of 2023, Spokane
Undergraduate coursework: Washington State University, Pullman
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Minor in Chemistry

Why did you choose WSU? As a WSU alumnus, I am familiar with the incredibly supportive environment that the university fosters and the endless opportunities for personal and professional growth that are provided to us students. I chose to continue my education with WSU for these exact reasons.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? I love the wide variety of experiences and opportunities for growth that the college has to offer. For example, the WSU CPPS has a countless number of student organizations that helps students explore different professional interests, and there are fraternities designed to encourage networking. Additionally, there are many opportunities to engage in research- the honors program is a great way for students to gain more research experience, and the dual Pharm.D./Ph.D. program is ideal for students who are interested in engaging in research in the long-term.

Something unique about you: I am an artist! I love to draw and paint. I work primarily in graphite and gouache (a type of watercolor paint). I particularly love drawing/painting animals, with a particular affinity for birds. John James Audubon’s paintings are a big source of inspiration for me.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? I am engaged in a research project with Dr. Mary Paine, who has been an incredibly supportive mentor for me throughout my time in this program so far. Through this experience, I’ve met wonderful people and learned invaluable skills that will help me reach my long-term career goals.


Name: Diana Kang
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Program Year: Class of 2023, Spokane
Undergraduate coursework: University of California, Santa Cruz
Do you have a degree? Bachelors of Science in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Why did you choose WSU? What do you like best about WSU CPPS? WSU CPPS stands out among other programs because they are dedicated to collaboration, innovation, and transforming healthcare. The reason I chose WSU is due to the amount of support that the faculty, peers, and mentors have for each other. The community here at WSU and WSU CPPS has been nothing but welcoming and encouraging and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience thus far.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? The program is structured in a way to make sure each and every student succeeds and accomplishes their goals. There are many resources that are available to students to aid in their journey through pharmacy school.

Something unique about you: I have a fear of sloths and really dislike mushrooms/cucumbers.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? So far, I have joined many organizations that have truly shaped my pharmacy career and helped me grow professionally. I am a current member of APhA-ASP, NCODA, Kappa Psi, SNPhA and ASHP. Each of these groups have impacted my pharmacy journey tremendously and I hope to continue learning more from these experiences!


Jenny LamName: Jenny Lam
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Program Year: Class of 2023, Spokane
Undergraduate coursework: University of Washington
Do you have a degree? Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Why did you choose WSU? I choose WSU because I enjoyed my moment here since I stepped foot on campus for my interview. Every faculty and student I interacted gave me a sense of belonging. WSU has so many opportunities for students to excel in the academics but there are also many organizations students can join to volunteer and hold leadership positions. Because of these qualities, the WSU students become very well rounded health providers.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? The campus is so beautiful when it snows!

Something unique about you: I can squat 215 pounds.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? I had a great fear of speaking in front of a large crowd before pharmacy school but when I joined APhA-ASP organization, I spoke in front of a large crowd of pharmacy students and actual pharmacist about my opinions on a legislative bill at mid-year regional meeting in Montana! I have gained a lot of self confidence since starting school and I became much more active in school!


Spencer KnudsonName: Spencer Knudson
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Program Year: Class of 2023, Spokane
Undergraduate coursework: Washington State University, Pullman
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences

Why did you choose WSU? I feel fortunate to have been a part of the Cougar family before starting pharmacy school. It was my love for the Cougar community and spirit that encouraged me to continue my education at the WSU Spokane branch. My grandma is also an Alumnus from the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? The faculty are endlessly supportive and 100% dedicated to the success of us students. I find that our faculty really go out of their way to make us feel like professionals; they hold us to high standards, but always have their doors open if we need to talk. The environment here really fosters each of our individual passions and talents.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? In February 2020, with the WSU chapter of WSPA, I went to Olympia to advocate for pharmacy-related legislation at the Washington State Legislature. As a first-year student pharmacist, having the opportunity to communicate my beliefs to legislators in my state empowered me to become more involved in advocacy and pharmacy policy. I am a proud member of Kappa Psi Beta Pi Fraternity, and an active member of APhA-ASP. I am incredibly excited to be the WSU Spokane Orientation Director-elect; I loved my orientation experience and I am excited to be a part of the welcoming committee for incoming student pharmacists.


Yennie NguyenName: Yennie Nguyen
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Program Year: Class of 2022, Yakima
Undergraduate coursework: Portland State University
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in General Science with a minor in Biology

Why did you choose WSU? During my years in undergrads, I’ve always been an environment where this a large number of students hence it was always hard for me to get to know my professors or receive a one on one help. With WSU, I am able to get that individual help that I want and develop a good relationship with my instructors.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? The experiences and relationships I have been able to encountered and developed at WSU have tremendously helped me grow not just as a student but as a person as well.

Something unique about you: I can do a mean impression of a small chihuahua.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? Ever since coming to pharmacy school, I have been able to make close bonds with my classmates and we are able to make many great memories and moments with each other through road trips and late night study sessions together.


Trevor SchultzName: Trevor Schultz
Hometown: Sumner, Washington
Program Year: Class of 2022, Yakima
Undergraduate coursework: Central Washington University
Do you have a degree? Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Why did you choose WSU? I chose WSU because I love Eastern Washington and my undergraduate alma mater is Central Washington University, where I was a wildcat. It seemed only natural for me to upgrade to cougar!

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? What I love most about WSU CPPS, especially the Yakima campus, is how close everyone is—faculty and students alike. It truly is like a second family to me, even after such a short time.

Something unique about you: Not many people know that I can sing! I was in choir for about 10 years starting in middle school all the way through college. I actually started my undergraduate studies as a vocal performance major but science was too tempting.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? The coolest experience so far since starting pharmacy school is when I went to a doctor’s appointment with my uncle (who has multiple sclerosis) and was actually able to make a recommendation about his medications to his doctor he has been seeing for years! It was a good feeling to be respected and listened to by a fellow health care professional so early in my education.


Name: Romeo Do
Hometown: Tukwila, Washington
Program Year: Class of 2022, Yakima
Undergraduate coursework: University of Washington
Do you have a degree? Majored in biology

Why did you choose WSU? I chose WSU because I truly believe in both the curriculum and approach to learning. Having the flipped-classroom teaching method enable me to make more use of my time by studying the lectures first, then coming to class with questions in hand. What this translate into is more time reviewing and going over material in class with our instructor, rather than simply be lectured at. This form of teaching also emphasizes retention as well since we are constantly exposed and tested on the material.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? I think that the best quality of WSU CPPS is the fact that our organizations are not only student led, but student driven. From my previous experiences it seems that student clubs are often forced to follow strict guidelines set by prior members or faculty.  WSU CPPS does an incredible job in enabling students to tailor every aspect our organization to better suit the needs of our members and campus. Our members are encouraged to pursue the mission goals that we set for ourselves.

Something unique about you: I am very good at trivia nights.  Most of this is due to my curiosity; I really enjoy learning random bits of information about everything in life.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? Being part of the Yakima extension program has enabled me to participate in many outdoor activities such as fishing and hiking.


Sunshine ThaoName: Sunshine Thao
Hometown: Oakdale, Minnesota
Program Year: Class of 2023, Yakima
Undergraduate coursework: North Dakota State University

Why did you choose WSU? I chose WSU because of the many opportunities they offer their students to grow as leaders. I also chose WSU because of the welcoming community of faculty and students. I found in WSU, an enriching and welcoming university where I could cultivate meaningful skills for future success.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? What I love most about WSU CPPS is the passion the professors have for the classes that they teach. This attribute provides a great learning foundation for students when it comes to understand and utilizing the material. The flipped classrooms are also a great part of the program as it allows students to review material and apply their knowledge during class. It encourages discussion and collaborative thinking which are important skills to have.

Something unique about you: I have done a cross country road trip from the west coast to the east coast.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? During my first year of pharmacy school I moved across the country with only two suitcases. It has been an exciting and valuable experience I wont ever forget.


Dana RabourneName: Dana Rabourne
Hometown: Walla Walla, Washington
Program Year: Class of 2023, Yakima

Why did you choose WSU? I chose WSU for several reasons. The first was my grandfather had always wanted me to go for undergraduate coursework but because of health concerns I was unable to attend. I’m happy to fulfill his wishes as we were always very close. Additionally, WSU has always been a very progressive school and I wanted to attend a school that was not afraid to take chances to make its students the best. The flipped classroom model is a unique way of teaching that really suits my learning style and the small classroom size gives more one on one teaching. Finally, since my family is so important to me, I wanted to be close to home and since WSU has a location in Yakima I am able to go home each weekend to see my children.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? My favorite thing about WSU Yakima is the collaboration opportunity with other health professionals.

Something unique about you: I’ve been a veterinary technician for the last 20 years.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? I volunteer for the Healthy Eats cooking classroom in Yakima where Elaina Moon teaches people from the community how to eat plant based and cook yummy food.


Jackie DinhName: Jackie Dinh
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Program Year: Class of 2022, Yakima
Undergraduate coursework: Portland State University
Do you have a degree? Minor in Biology

Why did you choose WSU? As cheesy as this may sound, but it was on the day of the interview that I knew I would be going here. As I was walking around the campus during the tour, I could almost imagine myself walking that same path to and from class everyday and it was just this moment of realization that dawned upon me. It was first time that had ever happened to me during the interview process and it was very surreal. I’m glad I followed that instinct.

What do you like best about WSU CPPS? I love the family feel of the school a lot. It’s like a family reunion everyday when you come to school. Even if you don’t know everyone personally, people still reach out and say hi and ask you how your day is going and it feels very nice and welcoming. You have a sort of camaraderie with your peers and everyone’s always looking out for each other and it’s something I don’t really see happening everywhere.

Something unique about you: I’m like an old woman with my hobbies, but I like to read, write, and crochet (I make little plush toys called amigurumis) in my free time. Yet, it seems that I have more unfinished projects/ideas/books than those that I have finished.

Anything fun/interesting/exciting you have done while a pharmacy student? I decided to be brave and step out of my comfort zone and took on a leadership role (as president of ASHP), through this role I was able to grow creatively as I came up with various ideas for events and fundraisers. I was even given the opportunity to attend professional conferences in Boston and Las Vegas.