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Loren, Emily, Christabel and Michael.

Meet the 2018 MCPHS Orientation Team Leaders

  • One of the most exciting times of the year is just around the corner: Orientation! Our Orientation team leaders are already hard at work preparing to welcome incoming students to our Boston campus for two days of activities, fun, and discovery.

    All four of our Orientation team leaders are experts on all things MCPHS, and they have some great advice for incoming students.

    Get to know Emily, Loren, Michael, and Christabel, and get excited for your visit to campus this summer!

    Emily Quan, PharmD ’22

    Hometown: Los Angeles, California
    Favorite spot in Boston: Gong Cha
    Favorite food: Boba
    Favorite TV show: Agents of Shield
    Snapchat or Instagram stories? Snapchat

    Why should incoming students get excited about Orientation?

    Students should get excited about Orientation because this is an amazing opportunity to meet new friends, learn about a new institution, and build connections with staff and mentors. The events planned by the Orientation team are fun filled and vary from social interactions to entertaining performances. At Orientation, incoming students will learn about what it truly means to be an MCPHS Cardinal. Get excited about what this institution has in store for its students.

    What is your biggest piece of advice for students preparing to come to campus for Orientation?

    The biggest piece of advice I have for students preparing to come to campus for Orientation would be to come with an open mind, be willing to meet new friends, and learn more about what this institution has to offer. By coming with an open mind, incoming students can easily meet friends and be motivated to learn about the different services throughout the university.

    Loren Sampson, PharmD

    Hometown: Houston, Texas
    Favorite spot in Boston: Fenway
    Favorite celebrity from Massachusetts: Meghan Trainor
    Netflix or Hulu? Netflix always!
    Favorite professor: Josephine Babiarz

    What is the best thing about being an Orientation leader?

    Being able to share my experience and being a role model to some of the new students! Also, being an Orientation leader is so fun because you get to work with so many students who have different cultural or ethnic backgrounds, and I think that truly is the best experience. You really get to walk out of Orientation bonding with someone you never met, but because you both are going through the same thing together, it just makes the experience one that you’ll never want to change!

    Why should incoming students get excited about Orientation?

    O-r-i-e-n-t-a-t-i-o-n is, in my opinion, the best! If we’re being technical here, this will be my fourth Orientation. My advice is: get excited! Orientation will be the place to be this summer. You could meet your future best friend, and you’ll get to know the ropes of being an MCPHS student! Orientation is an unforgettable experience that you’ll have the ability to talk about for years to come.

    Michael Koehler, PharmD

    Hometown: Barrington, Rhode Island
    Favorite spot in Boston: North End
    Favorite celebrity from Massachusetts: Mark Wahlberg
    Favorite spot on campus: Cardinal Lounge
    Favorite professor: Professor Ned Barden (Associate Professor of Microbiology, School of Arts and Sciences)

    In your opinion, what is the best part of Orientation?

    I would say either Late Night, which is kind of a carnival-esque type of fun night that we have on the first night, or just overall getting to know other students and exploring the campus as a whole.

    How do Orientation leaders continue to stay connected with students after school starts in the fall?

    Orientation leaders stay connected in that whenever we see a student from our group during Orientation, we always want to know what is going on with them, whether it’s personal or academic, and just overall want to know how life is going since touching down full-time at MCPHS. We are mentors in that we are all students in good academic standing who have been where you have been and have grown through our experiences.

    What is your biggest piece of advice for students preparing to come to campus for Orientation?

    Pack light! I brought a change of clothes and sheets and a pillow, but I also brought a plug-in desk fan that in hindsight was totally unnecessary. Other than that, be yourself! Don’t feel like you have to be anything that you aren’t!

    Christabel Thomas, PharmD ’21

    Hometown: Cerritos, California
    Favorite spot in Boston: Jamaica Plain Pond (The walkway around the pond is breathtaking!)
    Favorite Boston sports team: Celtics (First basketball game I ever saw! #MCPHSdiscount)
    Snapchat or Instagram stories? I was into Snapchat—my best friend and I had a streak of around 500 days—but then decided this was an addiction and it needs to stop. … So now I’m totally into Insta stories!
    Favorite celebrity from Massachusetts: I know the answer everyone’s looking for is probably Tom Brady, but the problem is that I don’t follow football! While googling, I found out that Matt Damon was born in Boston, so I choose him.

    Tell us about when you attended Orientation at MCPHS. What is your biggest memory from the experience?

    Since I’m from California, I went to the August Orientation, and I was super nervous because I didn’t know anyone there. It was awesome though because I got connected with a girl from my high school who was also coming here.

    What is your biggest piece of advice for students preparing to come to campus for Orientation?

    Come with questions. Don’t worry about feeling dumb, but come excited to learn and definitely expect to meet new people. The people you meet at Orientation could become some of your closest friends. Orientation is a time to learn about the campus and get ideas about how the next years of your life can look. It’s about just getting advice and asking questions and most important, having fun!

    From learning about your academic program and making new friends, to experiencing an overnight in our residence halls (July sessions only) and fun activities, Orientation is the event of year.