Pharmacy Student Voices

We think Touro College of Pharmacy is awesome! And so do our students. Hear what our pharmacy students have to say, and speak to them to find out what pharmacy school is really like and what they love about Touro.

A Warm Community of Pharmacy Students and Faculty

Zara used the many opportunities to get involved to break out of her shell and develop new skills. As Tzivia notes, one of the special aspects of Touro College of Pharmacy is the faculty’s view of the student, as future colleagues looking forward to collaborating with you.

Tracks and Electives That Set You up for Success:

Jinet says the Advanced Diabetes elective confirmed her future as an ambulatory care pharmacist. Tzivia appreciates the hands-on opportunities the research track gave her for publications and presentations.

Student Ambassadors

Get the real scoop from current pharmacy students. These P1 (first year pharmacy student) and P2 (second year pharmacy student) volunteers can answer your questions about the pharmacy school curriculum, facilities, student life, living in or commuting to Harlem, and more. Feel free to reach out to them! Please use “Student Ambassador” in the subject line so they know to look out for your email, and allow them a couple of days to respond –they’re juggling the many responsibilities of our PharmD students!

Prince Oppong Ampratwum

Prince Oppong Ampratwum, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

My name is Prince Oppong Ampratwum and I am a second year student of the Touro college pharmacy. I graduated from the University of Winneba in Ghana with a bachelor’s in mathematics and also attended Lehman College here in New York. I enjoy playing soccer and watching soccer. Touro College of Pharmacy is developing the next generation of pharmacists vested in promoting wellness, especially among the underserved populations and I am glad to be part of it. Reach out to me, I will be glad to answer all your questions.

Rena Berger

Irene (Rena) Berger, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

My name is Irene Berger, I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I graduated from Brooklyn College with a major in business for health professions and a minor in chemistry. I have wanted to pursue a career in pharmacy since high school. My decision was confirmed when I spent the summer of my sophomore year in college volunteering in the pharmacy department within a hospital abroad. I was amazed to see how influential pharmacists were within the healthcare system. The experience motivated me to work towards my goal of becoming a clinical pharmacist. The main reasons I chose to attend Touro College of Pharmacy is the endless opportunities offered to the students here and the sense of belonging that I received from the students and faculty members of TCOP since the day of my interview. Aside from being a student here at TCOP I work as a tutor for high school students. I enjoy traveling, spending time with my friends and painting in my spare time. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

Zohka Butt

Zokha Butt, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hey there! My name is Zokha Butt, and I am a second year student here at the Touro College of Pharmacy. I am originally from Queens, NY but moved upstate for four years to complete my Bachelor of Science in biology from SUNY, University at Albany. I enjoy listening to music, painting, and I am an aromatherapy enthusiast. As intimidating as your pharmacy school transition may seem, just know that Touro fosters a perfect combination of big resources and a tight-knit community. I am so proud to be a part of a community that actively works to make their students feel valued on campus. Please feel free to contact me, I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have! 

Olesya Dorogan

Olesya Dorogan, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello! My name is Olesya and I’m a second year student. I am from Brooklyn, graduated from Brooklyn College and work as a dental hygienist. I obtained my MS in clinical research from NYU. I enjoy cooking, hiking and spending time with my family. Even though the pharmacy program is condensed, Touro faculty and staff help me in every practical way to make it as comfortable as possible. This is where you become a part of the TCOP family! If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Yin Hlaing

Yin Hlaing, P4

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi. My name is Yin Hlaing. I am third year student at Touro College of Pharmacy. I have two kids, two years old and 11 years old. Having kids and studying is fun for me. If you need any tips on how to study with kids, please ask me. I am here to help you. Please reach out to me with any questions.

Tzivia Linfield

Tzivia Linfield, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

  1. Hi! My name is Tzivia and I'm currently a third year student here at Touro. I'm originally from Maryland, but I live in NYC now. I remember being in your shoes like it was yesterday. If there's a single piece of advice that I wish I had during the admissions process it's to just take a deep breath and relax. I know it sounds simple and maybe even obvious, but it's just so easy to get caught up in the moment. If you have any questions about Touro, pharmacy in general, or even just want to chat, shoot me an email! Congrats on making it this far and good luck! Feel free to reach out to me!
Ariana Miranda

Ariana Miranda, P4

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello everyone! My name is Ariana Miranda and I come from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I will be honest, it took me a little while to adapt to the speed of the city, but now I am enjoying every second of being here! The location of Touro is incredible. Harlem is rich in cultures, food, music, and more, however there is still many health disparities among the community, which I believe is what makes our school’s location so special. We have constantly the opportunity to reach out to the community and help hands-on to eliminate these disparities. I am currently president of Pharmacists of the State of New York (PSSNY) and historian of College of Psychiatric and Neurologist Pharmacists (CPNP). No, this doesn’t mean that classes are easy, it means that we have to work harder on our time-management skills. My commute is smooth since I live about 25 minutes from school, so usually during exams you will see me either very early in the morning or late- night in a study room to avoid any distractions. Otherwise, I study at home most of the time as I like to be around to walk my 1.5-year-old pup. That is a little bit about myself, but if you have any questions at all about our school, our community, student life, transportation, food, anything, please do not hesitate in contacting me!

Momina Qureshi

Momina Qureshi, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi, I’m Momina, a second year student from Brooklyn, New York. I graduated from CUNY York College. I enjoy trying new food and watching movies. I know the transition process into pharmacy school can sound overwhelming but it’s a really great experience at Touro. Please feel free to reach out! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

Divya Sarvaiya

Divya Sarvaiya, P4

Admissions Student Ambassador

I am a third year student pharmacist at the Touro College of Pharmacy, NY. I was born and raised in Mumbai, India, completed my 'Bachelor of Pharmacy' degree from Mumbai University and a Master's in ‘Industrial Pharmacy’ from Long Island University in 2018. My future goal is to pursue a residency in critical care after the completion of my PharmD. I strongly believe in life-long learning & aspire to be a pharmacy leader, entrepreneur and a strong advocate of the profession to advance patient-centered collaborative care. I have already started working on developing the necessary skills via my participation in co-curricular activities held by various organizations. I work with the College administration and the faculty to ensure the student pharmacist voice is heard in decisions as a student member of the Curriculum Committee at the TCOP. I haven’t let my service and advocacy affect my academic performance. I pride myself on being current on issues facing our profession and being actively involved in developing solutions for it. TCOP has given me everything I was looking for to groom myself into a successful pharmacist! I have enjoyed every minute at Touro and will continue to do so. All the incoming students I welcome you with immense joy to a place where teachers will be your friends, your friends will be your philosophers and your mentors will be your guides! Reach out to me!

Michael Stuart

Michael Stuart, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

I pursue my love for pharmacy because it has given shape and utility to my love for the health sciences. I was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana and also earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Guyana. I now live in Jamaica, Queens with my wife and son. I am excited to add to the diversity at Touro College of Pharmacy and am always ready to engage students. Feel free to reach out to me.