Student Ambassadors

Get the real scoop from current students. These P1 (first year),  P2 (second year), and P3 (third year) 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!

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.

Daniel Anina, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi everyone! I love Touro and am very excited to be able to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for all the school has to offer. Coming from Massachusetts was a big transition for me, but with the help of the students and staff at Touro, I've felt so welcome and comfortable to learn and grow with my peers in pharmacy school. When I'm not studying, I enjoy doing yoga, exercising, and being outside. Iced Caramel Macchiatos are my favorite go-to drinks and add a boost of flavor to the start of my days. I am also trilingual and love learning new languages so that I may connect with others in their native tongue and immerse myself into other cultures. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about life at Touro and life as a pharmacy student. We've all been where you are now, trying to decide on the path ahead, and if I can help in any way, it would be my pleasure.  

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! 

Dorina Birce, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi!  I was born in Albania but raised in Brooklyn. I graduated Hunter College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Having over six years of pharmacy experience as a Certified Pharmacy Technician motivated me to pursue pharmacy as a lifelong career. Throughout my first year as a pharmacy student, I had the privilege of being a part of the Student Government Association where I represented my class. However, the most heartwarming title I have is being a mom. Being a mom, working, and a student has its challenges but being a part of Touro has made this much easier. I look forward to meeting you all in person and please don’t hesitate to reach out with 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.

Lamis Elgebaly, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi! I was born and raised in Egypt and came to the US when I was 17 years old. I graduated from Touro College's New York School of Career and Applied Studies (NYSCAS) with a bachelor’s degree in biology. My love of pharmacy started when I worked as a pharmacy tech in an independent pharmacy. My passion to be a pharmacist keeps growing ever since. I love traveling, swimming, & meeting people from different cultures. I would love to help you as you navigate the admissions process and transition to our great program! So, please feel free to email me if you have any questions. 

David Guirguis , P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello everyone! Born and raised in New Jersey, starting school in NYC was a challenge for me but getting involved on campus and utilizing all the tools Touro offers allowed the transition to be smooth and effortless. In my free time, I enjoy going to sporting events, watching a film at the cinema, and going to the gym. I graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a biomedical engineering degree in 2018. As a non-traditional applicant, I took some time to work in the medical engineering industry between undergrad and Pharmacy. This has given me a unique perspective on how industry experience can impact education and vice-versa. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all about the Touro experience and how TCOP can enable you to reach your goals.

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.

Shehreen Kheiri, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi! I was born and raised in California. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Biology from Mercy College in Westchester, NY and I have a Master's in Science from Touro College, Harlem. My mother is a pharmacist who had worked for retail and eventually opened up 2 of her own independent pharmacies in her name. Growing up, I would see how important pharmacists are in the healthcare community. My goal is to become a clinical pharmacist and give back to my community. TCOP is the epitome of diversity, hospitality, and inspiration. 

Darya Kotova

Darya Kotova, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

I would like to take the time to introduce myself to current and future students, my name is Darya Kotova. I am originally from Moscow Russia, and have lived in Brooklyn for 15 years. My educational background includes being a graduate from Long Island University with a Bachelors in Health Sciences and a Masters in Health Administration. Currently, I am a P1 student in TCOP who works in an independent pharmacy as a certified pharmacy technician. In my spare time I love to travel with my family and volunteer at local hospitals in the inpatient pharmacy department. I am a very organized, determined, sympathetic and caring individual who loves to make new connections with people and do my best to assist them with guidance and advice.

Dylan Kraus, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello and welcome to TCOP, my name is Dylan. I attended college at Stony Brook University however, during my junior year I left Stony Brook and my bachelor’s degree behind and transferred to TCOP. This created several obstacles for me to overcome and I’ve learned much from this experience. Currently I live in Nassau county and drive each day to Touro which provides me with many insights about commuting to TCOP that I’m happy to share. I look forward to exciting you about the unique aspects of TCOP and providing you with support while you are here. Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Tzivia Linfield

Tzivia Linfield, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

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!

Gretel Morales , P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi there! I’m so excited to be a student at this wonderful college. I was born and raised in Cuba and at the age of 11, my family and I transitioned to the US to chase the American Dream. We settled in Tampa, Florida, where you can ride jet skis even in the winter. My hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, dancing, and spending quality time with my loved ones. I fell in love with pharmacy working as a certified pharmacy technician in a community setting for over 5 years while I finished undergrad at the University of South Florida. I decided to move to NYC and pursue my PharmD degree at Touro. The student body diversity and the extra semester of rotations and clinical exposure are some of the reasons why Touro is perfect for me and I hope it is for you. I look forward to answering any question you may have and making sure your transition into grad school is as smooth as possible. Feel free to email me anytime!

Rhonda Moton

Rhonda Moton, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi, My name is Rhonda and I'm a current P1 student from Virginia Beach, VA. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University for undergrad where I dual degreed in Biology and Psychology. While I'm at home, you can find me soaking up the sun on the beach, eating at new restaurants, and spending time with my family and friends. Everyone including myself has known from a young age that I would work in the healthcare field and I'm super excited to be on this pharmacy career journey! If you ever would like to reach out to me, feel free to contact me via email. Hope to see you soon!

 

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.

Admissions Student Ambassador

Khashayar Tehrani, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi! I graduated from Hunter College with a bachelor’s in biology. I enjoy reading medical books, science books, or anything related to the human body. The science of the human body is like an endless ocean that always makes me excited to go deeper and deeper in it. I also enjoy activities like swimming, tennis, skiing, and working out. Fitness and good healthy are a high priority to me. Touro College of Pharmacy is a great place to start your dream. At TCOP you will have the opportunity to make connections and show your talents. I am happy to be part of TCOP. Feel free to reach out to me-I will be glad to answer all your questions. We will be stronger when we work together and when we help each other.