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!

Anwar Alhariri, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello and welcome, my name is Anwar, and in addition to being a  Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at TCOP, I am also enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program offered with New York Medical College through the PharmD/MPH collaborative program. Prior to joining TCOP, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from City College of New York with a Bachelor of Chemistry in 2021. During my undergraduate studies, I was determined to pursue a future in healthcare, so I became a certified pharmacy technician. As time progressed, I was fortunate enough to apply my knowledge as a Pharmacy Technician at CVS Pharmacy, a Patient-Care Coordinator at CareMed Specialty Pharmacy, then finally as a Pharmacy Technician at Walgreens Pharmacy. TCOP's faculty, diverse student body, and their dual-degree PharmD/MPH program are some of the many reasons why your pharmacy career would thrive at this institution. I am excited to have the opportunity to aid in your transition to TCOP, and I am always happy to help, please don't hesitate to reach out about anything, I'll always available to you guys.

Prince Oppong Ampratwum

Prince Oppong Ampratwum, P4

Admissions Student Ambassador

My name is Prince Oppong Ampratwum and I am a fourth 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.

Daniele Anina, P3

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.  

Joel Ayeni, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hey guys, I'm Joel, a first year student from Bronx, New York. I came to Touro from Lehman College. Working as a Pharmacy Technician for more than 7 years has more than prepared me to take on pharmacy school.  When I'm not studying or working you can find me playing video games and traveling.  A bit controversial but I love pineapple on pizza! My experience at TCOP has been amazing so far. Being at a small school allows me to get to know everyone on a personal level and everyone is eager to lend a hand if you need. So if you need any advice, have any burning questions or just need to chat feel free to email me!

Rena Berger

Irene (Rena) Berger, P4

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 third 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, P3

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. 

Julianna Diaz, P1

Student Ambassador

Hello! My name is Julianna and I am currently a P1 student, who is originally from Harrisburg, PA. I’m a bilingual first generation Hispanic American student who graduated from Lebanon Valley College, with a major in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology. It was following the completion of a Masters in Pharmacology, at Georgetown University, along with my experience as a pharmacy technician, that I discovered my love and passion for pharmacy. At times when I am not studying, I am most likely working out or spending time with family and friends. I always enjoy sharing my insight with others and look forward to answering any questions you may have. Feel free to email me at any time!

Olesya Dorogan

Olesya Dorogan, P4

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello! My name is Olesya and I’m a fourth 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.

David Guirguis, P2

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.

Tzivia Linfield

Tzivia (Linfield) Gutman, P4

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi! My name is Tzivia and I'm currently a fourth 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!

Azhar Hussain, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello, my name is Azhar Hussain, and I am a first-generation P1 student. I graduated from CUNY Hunter College with my BA in biological sciences and Davenport University with an MBA in healthcare administration and management. I am passionate about clinical research, medicine, public health, and pharmacy. I hope to one day work as an infectious disease clinical pharmacist. Touro has allowed me to explore my interests through its academic courses, professional affiliations, and extracurricular activities. When I am not in school, I am an avid cook and love cooking, and spending time with my family. I am honored to be a resource for you all, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or simply want to connect! Remember: Just be yourself and enjoy the ride! 

Ava Jalshgari, P1

Student Ambassador

Hello everyone! I am currently a P1 student at the Touro College Pharmacy. I graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a Dual Degree in Public Health in only three years time. I truly love to volunteer and help those in need since it has always been a great passion of mine. This ultimately led me towards choosing a career in Pharmacy. Other than school and extra-curriculars, I love to bake, play with my puppy Coco, and ski. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Here at the Touro College of Pharmacy, we are an uplifting family of future colleagues.

Shehreen Kheiri, P2

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. 

Dylan Kraus, P3

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.

Raj Macwan , P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi! I am Raj. I have a bachelor’s in pharmacy from India. At TCOP, I am involved in Colon cancer research. I am also diabetes chairperson for APhA-ASP. My goal is to become a clinical pharmacist and give back to my community. Apart from academics, I enjoy playing guitar and reading. At TCOP, you will grow in your knowledge and acquire skills that will prepare you for your pharmacy career.

Gretel Morales, P2

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!

Firdaus Mohammed, P1

Student Ambassador

Hi! I am a first generation Ghanaian American pharmacy student here at Touro Pharmacy. My passion for pharmacy comes from wanting to serve, and  be a role model for my community. Growing up, I saw how the lack of proper health care and representation affected many people in my community and my goal is to change that. I have been a student at Touro since my days as an undergraduate student and the incredible opportunities that have been opened  to me as a first generation student allowed me to continue my education as a pharmacy student at Touro University of Pharmacy. I look forward to being a mentor to the upcoming generations of pharmacy students who share a goal of making the world a better place. 

Rhonda Moton

Rhonda Moton, P2

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!

 

Kishan Patel, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello, My name is Kishan, and I am from Cincinnati, OH. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Neurobiology from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s in Science from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem. Growing up, I was always interested in the healthcare field. It wasn’t until I went on a mission trip to Costa Rica that I realized my passion for pharmacy. Touro College of Pharmacy is excellent, with vast opportunities to make connections and where the faculty and staff truly go above and beyond to help you succeed. I look forward to meeting and helping you throughout your journey here at TCOP. If you would like to reach out to me, feel free to contact me. Hope to see you soon!