Alumni Spotlight: Kristin Ignacio, Class of 2015

Tell us where you are now.

I am a student at the UCSF School of Pharmacy. When I applied and interviewed, I had no idea if there was even a slight chance or possibility of getting accepted. The feeling of getting accepted was great, but the affirmation I felt was strongest when I actually stepped on campus and met my classmates. I was welcomed by diverse individuals with warm hearts and a genuine passion for helping each other get through pharmacy school!

Why did you choose to major in PharmSci at UCI?

I knew I had interest in becoming a pharmacist when I entered undergrad and what better way to find out if this was truly the field for me than to pursue a major in pharmaceutical sciences? I was especially intrigued when I saw that the curriculum included pharmacology and pharmacotherapy, which was really an intro to what pharmacy school would look like. In my mind, if I enjoyed these classes in undergrad, I could see myself enjoying them in pharmacy school!

Were you a part of any student clubs?

I was in Pre-Pharmacy Society for all 4 years of undergrad eventually becoming president my 4th year and I was in Pharmaceutical Sciences Mentorship Program for 3 years eventually becoming one of the co-coordinators my 4th year! I truly felt that these two involvements that I stuck with long-term have given me the best leadership experience that I could have possibly ever asked for. I was lucky and blessed to work with such great student leaders through both organizations and I will always look back at that time as some of the best teamwork I have ever seen.

 What advice would you give to today’s students?

As cliché as it sounds, do what you love. Don’t waste your time on pursuing a major you don’t enjoy or joining organizations just for an addition on your resume. Undergrad is a wonderful time to discover who you are as an individual, so also don’t freak out if you don’t know what you love yet. That’s why you’re here!

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