Student Ambassadors

Get the real scoop from current students. These P1 (first year),  P2 (second year), P3 (third year), and P4 (fourth year) volunteers can answer your questions about the pharmacy school curriculum, facilities, student life, commuting to our 3 Times Square Campus, 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!

A message from our ambassadors:

'We are thrilled to extend our warmest greetings to you. As enthusiastic representatives of TCOP, we are committed to sharing our unique experiences and insights with prospective students.

At TCOP, we take pride in fostering an environment of academic excellence, hands-on learning, and community engagement. As ambassadors, we embody these values and strive to showcase the vibrant tapestry of opportunities available here.

Navigating the pharmacy education journey can be an exciting but complex endeavor. That's why we're here to offer guidance, answer questions, and provide a firsthand perspective on life at TCOP. Whether it's about coursework, extracurricular activities, or finding the best study spots on our 3 Times Square campus, we've got you covered!

TCOP is a place where diversity is celebrated, and inclusivity is cherished. We come from various backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life, contributing to the rich experiences that define and shape our community.

We believe in the power of connections. Touro College of Pharmacy is not just a place of learning; it's a platform for growth, innovation, and leadership. As ambassadors, we're excited to inspire and support you in your journey to pharmacy school

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions. We're here to assist you in making your TCOP experience exceptional.'

James Lundgren, P4

Student Ambassador

Hey everyone! I am a native New Yorker who received their Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Empire for Biochemistry. I have 10+ years pharmacy experience as a retail pharmacy technician and a hospital Medication History Technician. My life revolves around 3 major factors; my family, traveling, and movies. My motivation is my daughter who reminds me everyday of why I started this journey. My motto in life is keep upgrading, and Touro has allowed me to continue that. I look forward to working with all of you and feel free to reach out anytime. 

Raj Macwan , P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi! 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.

Amna Michele, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi! I am originally from New York but was raised in New Jersey where I completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at Kean University. I’ve returned to the best city in the world to pursue my dream of becoming a pharmacist here at TCOP. I fell in love with the field of pharmacy while working in both a community setting and an inpatient setting as a certified pharmacy technician. The impact I’ve seen firsthand from the amazing pharmacists I’ve had the pleasure of working with has inspired me to pursue my PharmD. Outside of pharmacy, I love fashion and fitness. When I’m not studying, you can catch me at the gym. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!

 

Firdaus Mohammed, P2

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. 

Gretel Morales, P3

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, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi! I am 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!

 

Christina Numamoto, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello! I am a non-traditional student that has lived all over the world. I have my clinical license and advanced degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a result of working in the mental health field, I have many unique experiences and an interesting outlook on mental health and its impact on the community. This is also one of the major reasons that I am seeking my degree in Pharmacy at TCOP! My hobbies are running marathons and eating delicious food. I love dogs and adopted a terrier chihuahua mix, named Littlefoot. If you have any questions about the Touro experience, please feel free to contact me and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. 

Kishan Patel, P2

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!

 

 

Vishwanauth Persaud, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Greetings Everyone! Welcome to Touro! Although my name is Vishwanauth, I usually go by ‘Vish.’ I am a dual degree graduate from Herbert H. Lehman College where I completed my BSc in Biomedical Sciences, and BBA in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Accounting, and also an MPH graduate from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, School Of Public Health, where my final year thesis focused on, ‘Pharmaceutical Spending & Innovation: A Multivariable Analysis On Pharmaceutical Costs Allocation And Its Effects On Medical Innovation And Healthcare Progression.’ 

I’ve always been confident that I would be involved in the healthcare field ever since I was a child. I’ve also worked as a Pharmacy Technician ever since I moved to the US in 2018, at the age of 17, and I have been exposed to almost every facet of pharmacy ever since, and I continually fall in love with the profession.

I am deeply fascinated by the Clinical Pharmacy field, especially the Infectious Disease subfield. I also have interests in the fields of research, public health, and finance. Outside of academia, I am an avid tennis player, and I love to do anything outdoors-oriented, ranging from sightseeing, photography, hiking, camping, and fishing.

I am truly excited to have the opportunity to welcome you and aid in your transition to Touro College of Pharmacy, and I look forward to being of assistance to the best of my abilities!

Syeda Rahman, P3

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hi! I am very involved at TCOP and have served as the webmaster of NHPA, and the secretary of SNPhA, as well as a Student Ambassador. I love traveling and learning about different cultures. My passion is to use my knowledge from pharmacy school to help, educate and positively impact others. That’s why I’ve always wanted to be part of organizations such as SNPHA and NHPA, that contribute to helping minority communities. 

Ifra Rehman, P4

Student Ambassador

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor in Psychology. After graduation, I moved to NY to complete the Master of Science Program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. I love NY and respect the professional relationship that I was able to form with the faculty at Touro College of Pharmacy. The professors are very knowledgeable and will guide you in every step of your journey at TCOP. Aside from studying, I love watching basketball and going on long drives. During my time at pharmacy school, I have given a lot of business to Starbucks so if you need a coffee buddy or have any questions, please reach out to me without any hesitation. I will be more than happy to help you with anything you may need.

Alfusainey Samateh, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Greetings!  Hailing from The Gambia in West Africa, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Lehman College. Subsequently, I pursued my studies further at Touro College of Pharmacy, where I am having enriching experiences.

Outside of my academic pursuits, I find joy in watching sports, particularly soccer, exploring diverse dining experiences, and cherishing quality time with my loved ones. If you have any inquiries or would like to connect, please feel free to get in touch with me.

Zumar Smith, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello! I was born in New York, but I was raised in Central Virginia. I returned to New York to for undergrad and earned my associate's and bachelor's degrees in biology from SUNY, Cortland. I developed my passion for pharmacy while spending time working as a pharmacy technician. In my free time, I enjoy sports, cooking, and learning/trying new activities. Touro College of Pharmacy gives a personalized experience in a smaller school setting and will help you explore your interests and career paths. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to connect, please reach out and any share my experiences.

Admissions Student Ambassador

Khashayar Tehrani, P4

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.

Mohammed Umar, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello! As an enthusiastic advocate for pharmacy education and a proud representative of my institution, I am deeply committed to making a meaningful impact in the field of healthcare. My journey into pharmacy started with a strong foundation in biology, which I pursued during my undergraduate years at CUNY-Lehman College. There, I cultivated my passion for the sciences, ultimately leading me to embark on this exciting path towards becoming a pharmacist. I embarked on my academic journey in the United States after relocating from Ghana, West Africa, where I spent my formative years. This cross-cultural experience has enriched my perspective and allowed me to appreciate the diversity of healthcare practices and needs worldwide. As an undergrad student, I dedicated myself to my studies, majoring in biology. This rigorous program not only provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the biological sciences but also instilled in me the importance of research, critical thinking, and a strong work ethic.

However, my path to pharmacy has been marked by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and a commitment to improving healthcare. As a pharmacy student, I am eager to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I am proud of my Ghanaian heritage and grateful to Touro College of Pharmacy for the educational experiences that have shaped me into the passionate and dedicated pharmacy student I am today. My journey has just begun, and I look forward to the exciting adventures that pharmacy school and my future career will bring.

Faisal Younus, P1

Admissions Student Ambassador

Welcome to Touro College of Pharmacy (TCOP)! I am a passionate, motivated, Pakistani-American pharmacy student here at the TCOP. I will soon pursue a Masters in Public Health (MPH) program offered with New York Medical College through the PharmD/MPH collaborative program along with a Masters in Business Administration program offered with the Touro College of Business in the near future. Before joining TCOP’s family, I graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2023 and I also became a certified pharmacy technician. During my undergraduate years, I had tried my best to learn as much as possible about biomedical research and pursued reading scientific literature within pharmacology and structural biology. In addition, I sought to help people by becoming a health professional which had landed me in the field of pharmacy, a perfect junction of healthcare and research. The committed TCOP faculty, the student support systems, the extracurriculars, and the dual-degree programs are only some of many reasons why you will be a successful pharmacist if you pursue your PharmD at TCOP. I am super ecstatic to be given the chance to aid in your transition to the college and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts about the journey and transition. Hope to hear from you and see you on campus!

Meriel Zamora

Meriel Zamora, P2

Admissions Student Ambassador

Hello! I was born and raised in the Philippines where I got my Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy. I initially took pharmacy as a pre-med course but fell in love with it overtime. When I moved to New Jersey, I started working as a certified pharmacy technician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where I met inspiring pharmacists who encouraged me to pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Aside from pharmacy, I also love baking, cake decorating, watching movies and playing with my cats. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out or even just to say Hi. Hope to see you in school!