From Location to Community, Current Students Share Why They Chose MCPHS

As an admitted student, there is a truly exciting future in front of you. What better way to prepare for that exciting future than by hearing directly from our current students?

From residential life to academics, Alicia Tran, PharmD ’21 and Alessandro Cavaliere, Premed ‘18/PA ’20 are experts on all things MCPHS, and they are passionate about sharing advice with prospective and new incoming students.

For Alicia and Alessandro, who are both from out of state, location was a big factor in their decision to choose MCPHS.

“MCPHS is a very unique university in the sense that you get both a small campus in a large city setting,” said Alessandro. “MCPHS is located right in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area, so in terms of location, it really cannot be beat.”

“There are great opportunities and many connections to be made through the LMA,” said Alicia. “I love being an inpatient volunteer at Boston Children’s Hospital, and I also volunteer at the Joslin Diabetes Center’s Teddy Bear Clinic through the APhA-ASP [American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists] club here at MCPHS, as I aspire to become a pediatric clinical pharmacist one day.”

Alessandro, who is a Brain Cell in the Admission Office and an RA, is excited about his future career as a PA, and the unique immersive healthcare environment at MCPHS was a large draw for him.

“Most of the students here are dedicated to healthcare, whether it be through pharmacy, nursing, or as a healthcare provider,” said Alessandro. “Because I am surrounded by like-minded people, it furthers my academic drive and social motivation.”

Alicia, who is also an RA and has served as an Orientation Leader, was drawn to MCPHS because of a strong sense of community.

“What I love most about MCPHS is the diversity in the people and the staff,” said Alicia. “I love how the University embraces diversity and celebrates others’ differences, such as celebrating LGBTQ Day.”

She also appreciates the vibrancy of the campus and the many opportunities to get involved with campus life.

“The Center for Campus Life does a great job of providing opportunities to help students have a great college experience,” said Alicia. “For instance, I was able to go to New York to see Aladdin on Broadway for just $25!”

The best way to get to know MCPHS, according to Alessandro and Alicia? Visit campus.

“I recommend that accepted students see the campus as often as possible,” said Alessandro.
“As a prospective student, I visited once before I applied, once before being accepted, then a final time to solidify my decision to attend MCPHS. Each visit brought a new perspective, since I had different lenses on.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions during your visit,” said Alicia. “Staff from the Admission Office to Residence Life are always happy to help answer your questions.”

“I especially enjoyed the Your Day visit,” said Alessandro. “During Your Day, you can shadow a student in class, eat lunch with a current student, visit the CPCD, speak with their counselor, and more. It was during my own Your Day experience that I truly felt that MCPHS was "the one".

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