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Meet Your 2019 MCPHS Orientation Team Leaders

  • It’s almost time for one of our favorite events of the year – Orientation!

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

    Meet Ryann, Jennie, Okeoghene, Amanda, Tanuj, and Mimi, and preview what it’s like to be a part of the MCPHS community.

    Ryann Kotkowski

    Major/Year of Graduation: Premedical and Health Studies, 2020
    Hometown: Taunton, MA
    Favorite Spot(s) in Boston: Modern Pastry, The Common
    Favorite Food: Cannoli from Modern Pastry (Only from Modern Pastry)
    Favorite Spot on Campus: MAT 4th floor, Griffin 6th floor

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

    My favorite memory is spending my first night ever in a college dorm room.

    What is your biggest piece of advice for incoming students?

    Talk to as many incoming students as possible during your orientation--it is a great opportunity to make your first (and best) college friend!

    What does the MCPHS Community mean to you?

    The MCPHS community is so close-knit, the school feels more like one big family than everything else.

    Why are you MCPHS?

    I am MCPHS because I want to make a difference in the healthcare community, and MCPHS is providing me with an amazing foundation to start changing the world.

    Jennie Xie

    Major/Year of Graduation: PharmD, 2022
    Hometown: Westerly, RI
    Favorite Spot(s) in Boston: Isabella Gardner Museum
    Favorite Food: Hot Pot
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Griffin 6th Floor

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

    I remember being very shy and quiet throughout the first few hours, but my OLs were very welcoming and kept checking up on me. During activities in the breakout sessions, they always asked me how I felt and/or my perspective for discussion topics. I felt that it was such a personal experience and it is one of the reasons why I wanted to become an OL.

    What is your biggest piece of advice for incoming students?

    Be open-minded; you are hearing about professors, classes, and the overall community of MCPHS. For instance, one student might mention that one of the classes they are taking isn’t what they expected, but it doesn't mean it would be the same for another individual.

    What does the MCPHS Community mean to you?

    The MCPHS Community is my second home; the community here allows me to grow as an individual, feel comfortable, and stay motivated.

    Why are you MCPHS?

    I am MCPHS because I want to make a difference in my community. As a clinical informatics pharmacist, I want to utilize my background in pharmacy, medication use, and advanced technology to optimized patient safety.

    Amanda Hickey

    Major/Year of Graduation: Premedical and Health Studies, 2020
    Hometown: Thomaston, CT
    Favorite Spot(s) in Boston: Boston Public Library
    Favorite Food: Potatoes
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Griffin 6th Floor

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

    Winning trivia and getting a stuffed cardinal with my group.

    What is your biggest piece of advice for incoming students?

    Be open to trying new things.

    What does the MCPHS Community mean to you?

    Close knit family.

    Why are you MCPHS?

    I want to make an impact in this community.

    Tanuj Thakkar

    Major/Year of Graduation: Medical and Molecular Biology Major, Health Psychology Minor, 2020
    Hometown: Surat, India
    Favorite Spot(s) in Boston: Boston Harbor
    Favorite Food: Lasagna
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Griffin 6th floor

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

    Being an international student, it was the first time I was visiting the university and it was really wonderful to see how the staff was extremely helpful and welcoming towards the transition I was going through.

    What is your biggest piece of advice for incoming students?

    Try communicating to as many peers as possible. Ask a lot of questions to the staff and faculty members and they will always be more than happy to help.

    What does the MCPHS Community mean to you?

    For me, MCPHS is a “home away from home.” MCPHS has given me some great memories, amazing friends, and a lot of things to learn in life.

    Why are you MCPHS?

    I am MCPHS because I want to make an impact in the community.

    Okeoghene Metitiri

    Major/Year of Graduation: Pharmacy, 2022
    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Favorite Spot(s) in Boston: The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Boston Common
    Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese
    Favorite Spot on Campus: Longwood Courtyard

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

    Meeting the people that I still talk to and am friends with today!

    What is your biggest piece of advice for incoming students?

    Take the time to find your groove and be open to all of the experiences you’ll have your first year.

    What does the MCPHS Community mean to you?

    We have so much potential as a university and it’s seen in all students and faculty. We all have a collective community mentality that is seen in every department.

    Why are you MCPHS?

    I am MCPHS because this university has allowed me to grow professionally into the type of pharmacist I want to be, but also the leader I want to be.

    Mimi Nguyen

    Major/Year of Graduation: Premedical and Health Studies, 2020
    Hometown: Methuen, MA
    Favorite Spot(s) in Boston: Esplanade
    Favorite Food: Potatoes
    Favorite spot on campus: Library Quiet Study or CCL Office

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

    The best thing I can remember is one of my orientation leaders (I had two), and the people I met there. I still talk to some of them today!

    What is your biggest piece of advice for incoming students?

    Come in with an open mindset, and work hard play hard!

    What does the MCPHS Community mean to you? Why are you MCPHS?

    The MCPHS Community means so much to me, from my peers to the faculty members. First coming to this university I joined the Asian Student Community and worked in the CCL office. Over time it helped me become a more outgoing person as the people in each group helped me to want to become more involved in the community. It's become important to me to express to other incoming freshman what I found within the MCPHS Community. Essentially, I am MCPHS because of the community I've found within it!

    For more information about the exciting event, check out our Orientation page to find everything you need before the event!