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.
They're teaching you with the intention of working with you one day and learning from you. Because when it comes to health care, it's a collaborative process. And they want to give us the tools, in order to learn, and in order to teach in the future. Whether we're in an academic world or not, you're always learning, and you're always teaching. And it's something that you see throughout every single faculty member here at Touro.
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.
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!
My name is Asma Alyousef, I am 28 years old. I used to live in New York, then I moved to Fort Lee, New Jersey. I graduated from Bergen Community College with an associate's degree with a major of general math and science. I am a mom of two kids, 8-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. I chose to be a pharmacist because I believe that a pharmacy career is a crucial part and a very important continuity of medical care. The pharmacist is another safeguard layer before the medications reach patients. The pharmacist discusses the importance of taking the medications, side effects, dosage, and frequency, as well as answering different questions the patients may have, also, reminding the patient about upcoming refills. All these help the patients stay healthy, and that is my goal. You can reach out to me.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hi everyone! My name is Michael Gualano, and I’m currently a third year student here at TCOP. I graduated from Manhattan College in 2018 with a B.S. in Chemistry. I commute via Metro North from Westchester County. I chose TCOP due to its unique curriculum, small class sizes, and close-knit environment. We are one big family here at Touro! When I’m not studying, I enjoy cooking, exploring the city (for awesome food), photography, and traveling. I know applying to pharmacy school is a stressful period, but I’m really glad you are all considering TCOP, and most importantly that you chose this profession. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns about anything from life at TCOP to where to grab a bite to eat while in NYC! You can reach out to me.
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.
Hi all! I am excited to be part of the team to help you explore your passion for pharmacy. A little about me- I am all about CUNY pride since my alma mater was Hunter College. I enjoy chemical research, medical writing, and recently became a member of two clubs on campus. I currently work at CVS pharmacy as a pharmacy tech and in my spare time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, and watching movies. I am open to answer any questions you might have about TCOP and just about anything related to pharmacy. Looking forward to meeting you on campus and getting to know you! Feel free to reach out to me!
My name is Michelle Kaner and I am a third year pharmacy student at TCOP. I have a bachelor's in biology from LIU and have an enormous passion for fitness and nutrition integrating with pharmacy. Pharmacists see their patients more than any other medical provider and have an enormous amount of impact on their patients and healthcare overall. I believe in humanizing the person behind the counter and forming meaningful relationships between patient and provider. I always knew I belonged in pharmacy but until I started here I didn’t know how vast my options were. Whether it is residency, research, industry or academia…I feel lucky to have the opportunity to learn from the profession’s leaders and find my own niche. Like many students, I have dealt with anxiety pretty much my entire adult life. The ability to prioritize my studies was not a skill I learned overnight but has been crucial to my success here and with the management of my anxiety. What makes us human is our ability to learn from our mistakes, and I have made many. However, Touro allows me to bounce back and better each step of the way. It is okay to not be perfect, and I hope that message transcends into helping me flourish even further. Please feel free to reach out to me.
Hi! My name is Navpreet Kaur. I am a third year student at TCOP. I am part of APhA (American Pharmacist Association) and The Student Pharmacist of the New York organization. I work at Rite Aid as an intern. If you have any questions you can reach out to me.
- 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!
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!
My name is Olive Nwosu, a third year student interested in clinical pharmacy. I am originally from Washington, DC. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. I currently hold the position of liaison for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). If you have any general questions about TCOP or questions about moving, adjusting and apartment hunting please feel free to contact me.
My Name is Aderinola Omoniyi, a second-year student and I have learned over time how to effectively manage my time. I am actively involved in about three clubs on campus one of which I am the president. If you have any questions on how to juggle family and school or general questions about our beautiful institution I am always happy to provide assistance. Feel free to reach out to me!
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.
Hi, my name is Jinet Reyes and I am a third year student and past student government president, from Jersey City, New Jersey. I did my undergrad at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx where I was born and raised. During my time at Touro I am usually studying with my peers and involved with the faculty in student organizations. Pharmacy school can appear intimidating but with the support from Touro and your fellow peers, you will achieve great success at Touro! Please reach out!
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!
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.