"What does AED mean to you?"
Alpha Epsilon Delta has undoubtedly given me my greatest college experiences. Despite being a local to Orange County, it was daunting to start my journey at UCI. Along with that, my first year was cut short due to the pandemic. With little confidence and shallow knowledge, I joined AED during my 2nd year and this changed the trajectory of my undergraduate career. I not only learned about various healthcare professions, but also received hands on experience in multiple. The people I explored new cities with, had copious amounts of food runs with, and rejoiced in successes and failures with all belong in AED. The professional growth, academic support and lifelong friendships I’ve gained are boundless and incredibly invaluable to me. Every opportunity and every person in AED have led me to my newfound potential and I am more confident in myself and my future because of that. The indescribable love I have for this organization and the people in it is best shared and I hope anyone interested in this makes the leap to join.
Joining AED during my first year was one of the best decisions I made. Entering UCI, I found it extremely difficult to find connections and guidance in the pre-health community, and as a commuter, I felt especially lost and disconnected with the campus compared to those who dormed. Once I joined AED, I found my life long friends and was able to grow professionally with the countless of opportunities I was provided with. Looking back at my time as an undergraduate, I can say for certain that my best memories of college were from AED!
AED has honestly helped me a lot as a pre-health student. It was really hard navigating being a pre-med student without having like-minded people supporting me, but AED was able to give me that. From getting to grow with my pledge class to meeting some of my closest friends at UCI in AED, AED has truly shaped my college experience in some form. I know that these people will always be there for me, and I hope that they know that I will always be there for them. We have seen each other at our best and at our worst during our pre-health journey at UCI, and we are still supporting each other as we transition to our post-grad life and our preparation for whatever is coming next. Thank you AED for giving me my pre-health home on campus and for helping me realize my true passions.
PHIL DE VERA
AED has played such an important role in my college career. I rushed AED during the peak of COVID-19 as a lost pre-med who wanted to get out of her comfort zone. I can say that it was the best decision I've ever made. Through AED, I gained an amazing support system to navigate the ever confusing medical field as well as grow my network professionally. I’ve made some of closest friendships through this organization who have seen me grow and become the best version I can be.
Being an out-of-state student in addition to my first year being online, I didn't have many friends coming into UCI. After joining in my second year, AED became my home away from home. From having people to drive me to the airport at 4am while they were pulling an all-nighter to taking a (very last-minute) road trip to SF, my pledge class are some of the most caring and entertaining individuals I have met at UCI. Through AED, I was able to meet some of the best people and I don't think my college experience would've been the same without them. Not only has AED provided me with lifetime friends, but it gave me a support system that I never knew I needed. I was able to take classes and study with some of the most dedicated and hard-working people I've met. Coming into UCI as a BME major, I didn't know many people with the same pre-health aspirations and goals, but being able to surround myself with these type of people allowed me to push myself and become not only a better student, but a better person. AED became the foundation for my college experience. Although there are many other organizations on campus, AED is where I was able to find a home and a family.
Joining AED was one of the best decisions i've made in college. Through AED I was able to pursue professional and well as social development, an experience that I could not have gotten anywhere else. I got my research position through AED alumni Crystal Banh, where I ended up pursuing 3 research fellowships and won award money and honors through it. I also worked at a plastic surgery clinic with some other alumni, which ended up being the platform for me to learn more about healthcare and what I would like to pursue in medicine. AED has helped me to grow and learn how to become not just a great healthcare professional in the future but also as a friend and big and mentor. The relationships that I built through AED are some of the strongest and most valuable connections I've made in college, something that I will never regret. I love my class (shout out to Gamma Xi) and my line who always supported me through everything. Jun has always been the most supportive big and my twin Justin and littles Erin and Darbin are undoubtedly some of the most important ppl in my life. AED will always be a second home for me and I'm hopeful for its future !
AED has been my home for the past 3 years. I am forever grateful to not only be given the opportunity to broaden my perspective on healthcare through this honor society, but also to have met some of the most driven, passionate, like-minded individuals that I’m honored to call my friends. I definitely would not be where I am today without my biggest support group.
As cliche as it sounds, AED was another family to me, but specifically my pledge class. My pledge siblings all have a hand in my personal, academic, and professional growth and I would not change anything about them.
Alpha Epsilon Delta was the backbone of my undergraduate experience. Coming into UCI as a freshman, I lacked the passion and direction I needed in regards to my future. However, AED was the organization I needed to grow as an individual. Being involved with AED was the most formative and necessary experience I had as an undergraduate student. Being a pre-health student is not easy - it gets lonely and draining and my shoulders always felt heavy. Regardless of this, AED made me realize this daunting and scary path was not something I had to do alone. Rushing AED exposed me to people I knew would have an impact on my life in the long run. I gained friends who challenged me to be the best version myself and mentors that shaped me to become the individual I am today. I can confidently say my future is a little more pieced together because of the professional growth, friendships, and experiences that AED has provided me throughout my journey in college. After enduring four crazy years at UCI, my first thoughts of college are always of the individuals in this organization and the endless memories I was able to create here. I know AED will only continue to grow and I hope that you take the chance on it and become part of the journey like I did. Become part of the community I fell in love with and you will have no regrets. Thank you for everything, AED!
For the past 3 years at UCI, AED has been my home away from home. Although it sounds corny and cliché, I truly would not be the person I am today without AED. Coming into UCI, I was a lost pre-med with no friends who was afraid to go out of her comfort zone, a recipe for loneliness (T___T). After joining AED, I not only gained a sense of direction in my professional career, but even more importantly, I gained a supportive, belonging community. I will be eternally grateful that AED gave me one of the greatest support systems I could have ever received while navigating through the trials and tribulations of college, also known as UCI’s Organic Chemistry courses. Just kidding! (sort of). From AED, I’ve gained professional development, opportunities to serve our local community and a social network. Looking back at my time in AED, I’ve been blessed with the opportunities to be an active member, a little, a big, a CPR instructor, and eventually the 2021-2022 Vice President in my final year at UCI. It feels bittersweet to be writing my own testimonial as it seems like it was just yesterday when I was scrolling through these testimonials in my Mesa Court dorm room. At the end of the day, in it’s most basic entity, AED is just one of the thousands of organization on campus, yet it’s the people who have continued to keep this community growing ever since 1978. To the Alpha Epsilon Delta- Cal Epsilon Chapter, thank you for the countless opportunities to grow and the lifelong friendships. And to the person reading this testimonial and feeling unsure of whether you should join AED, I hope you trust the process and take a leap of faith to hopefully find your home with AED.
I can definitely say that joining AED was one of the best decisions I made during my time as an undergrad.
Upon entering UCI, I felt so lost and confused as I attempted to pursue such a daunting career all by myself. It wasn't until I joined AED that I was able to confidently move forward in working towards my career goal. AED provided me with so many opportunities to expand my network and grow professionally. I was constantly surrounded by other pre-health students who continued to motivate me through their own hard work. I finally felt like I wasn't alone and I had others to rely on.
At one point, it became more than just a college organization for me. Beyond the networking and professionalism, AED became a safe place for me where I always felt welcome and supported. I met some of my closest friends through this organization who have seen me at my best and worst. In such a large university, I found somewhere that I belonged and could call home and that, by far, was the greatest thing that AED has given me.
AED to me represents opportunities to grow academically, socially, and career wise. As a commuter without a strong support system coming into college, I found comfort in being a part of an organization of like minded individuals that encouraged me to take risks and shared the same struggles of being a pre-health student. Especially within my pledge class, I relied on them immensely during my second year, and I know I can still count on them to have my back in the future. In terms of academics, I found study buddies that made studying less lonely in addition to being able to help each other with the material to achieve a better understanding of it. Being surrounded my high achieving individuals with the same goals has driven me to excel and develop better studying skills to improve on my academic performance. On a career standpoint, I had the opportunity to gain advice and pointers from a network of alumni that have gone down the pre-PA path before. Their guidance has helped keep me on track throughout my undergraduate years, most importantly, has also given me comfort in knowing that I don't ever have to go through this alone.
AED has given me the experiences to excel in my career and in my life in general. I can confidently say that AED has shaped who I am as an individual today, and I am so grateful that I took the leap of faith in deciding to rush. Looking back at my time as an undergraduate, I know a majority of my fondest memories will be from AED!
AED has no doubt played an immense part in my college experience. There really are not enough words to fully convey my appreciation for this organization that has become a second family to me. AED has allowed me to grow academically, professionally, and socially in so many different ways. AED has allowed me to foster friendships with people who not only inspire me everyday, but have given me unconditional love and support. These people are the ones who I can eat ice cream with in 40 degree weather, people I go on road-trips with, get lost with, go to concerts with, study with, work with, cry with, and grow with. I am forever grateful to AED for giving me the most unique and interesting experiences, bestest of friends, important life lessons, and countless memories that I shall cherish for years to come <3.
Going to a school so close to home at first discouraged me. Would I branch out? Would I meet new people easily? Graduating in 2022, I can confidently say that AED was more than just a support group. This was my foundational piece that I will always be thankful in putting my time towards.
AED has been the foundation and the driving force of my college career. This organization has brought me life long friends who have supported me through thick and thin. In addition, AED provided me with professional skills and career advice that has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the health field, allowing me to navigate the daunting life of a pre-health student with greater ease. I have been granted job opportunities, research opportunities, and the honor of meeting many health care professionals from the OC area. Through the opportunities provided by AED, I’ve become a more confident student and a happier person. Having people with similar career interests to experience college with gives every moment the potential to become a life long memory. I believe every college student needs to find their home away from home, the place where they can truly be themselves. This place is where you can access your full potential and work towards becoming the person you want to be. My home was Alpha Epsilon Delta, it can be yours too!
Having a support group made up of all the amazing individuals I met during my time in AED made going to school and studying long hours all the much more enjoyable as you have many like-minded people there to help you along your journey. With all the highs and lows that everyone will experience during their college years, I am glad that I was able to get through them all with the support of those around me to not only become a better student but a better person.
Some advice for those looking to go into the Pre-Health scene: Don't worry about what others are doing. Although it may at times feel that you are lagging behind or that others are excelling, in the grand scheme of things, it's all subjective because each person experiences life at their own pace. As long as you are open to ideas and keep striving to be better than the day before, things will naturally come to you and work itself out. Getting caught up in the day-to-day minutiae will only serve to make you forget that you've already made it this far. Know your worth and don't ever settle for less!
I came into UCI with my mind set on pharmacy, but it wasn’t until after I joined AED my 2nd year that confirmed my aspiration to become a pharmacist. Joining AED helped me meet many like minded people in the healthcare field and I can say that without AED, I wouldn’t be the same person I am today. One of the best things is how similar and diverse all the members are; we all have different careers paths (medicine, PA, PT, pharmacy, nursing etc), yet we all have similar activities like research, healthcare jobs, and classes. As a result, it’s highly likely there will be someone older than you who already went through the whole process and their advice is going to be invaluable in helping you navigate college and eventually get into either graduate school or career. Whether you’re looking for friends, job positions, research positions, or anything academically or socially related, there’s a good chance AED will have it.
Some advice I do have for anyone pursuing pre-health is to always get your feet wet in whatever occupation you end up going into. Whether it's just volunteering or a job, it’ll help you decide if this is something you really want to go into and if you do, the experience and people you meet through these activities are going to help you immensely down the line when you need guidance or potential references when applying to grad school. Everyone needed help to get to where they are today and I’m glad to say that AED has been a big part of that journey for me.
I found my people in AED! Pledge siblings that I could pull all-nighters with for no reason. Bigs that spoil me and still squeeze in time to see me even when in grad school. Littles that sneak me cookies from the Anteatery. Housemates that play Just Dance and bake with me. Pbabies that I can work out with. Plus, people who motivate me to get out of my shell and explore new tingss. To sum it up, AED made quarantine both bearable and less lonely. I am forever grateful to have AED and It will always be my home away from home!!
Initially, AED was a comforting group of driven friends that I can always rely on. Then, AED becomes my life, my family, and my home. After my 3 years with AED, I learned that friends make the journey so much more exciting even when it's hard.
My name is Kelton Do from the Gamma Eta class (Fall 2017) and previous president during the 2019-2020 academic year. I graduated from UCI with a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2020 and am currently in the process of pursuing Internal Medicine. Although my experiences in AED may not reflect your potential experiences due to COVID-19, I hope that you continue to read my stories with an open mind.
As many of you can probably relate, being a commuter and the 1st in your family to attend a University comes with many challenges and limited guidance. Throughout my 1st year, I struggled with making friends, balancing school with work and being confused about my career path. My whole 1st year felt as if I had made no progress in achieving anything noteworthy or significant enough to make me stand out for prospective graduate schools. Based on how disappointing my 1st year was, I took a chance and decided to rush AED.
Though I would gladly ramble on about everything AED has done for me, I’ll just share a few highlights of my experiences and how the organization has helped me through college and better prepared me for graduate school.
One of AED’s pillar includes Camaraderie which simply means mutual trust and friendship among others. Upon joining AED, I was paired with a big who continues to help and support me even to this day. My big has undoubtedly been the greatest influence in mentoring and guiding me not only academically, but also taught me multiple life skills including relationships, finances and leadership skills. Aside from my big, I have made plenty of new friends and connections with whom I cherish deeply. Even after graduating, I still am close to a majority of my peers and appreciate the unconditional support and encouragement.
Aside from providing me a social life, the actives and alumni of AED have played a tremendous role in providing me with opportunities and experiences to bolster my application for future graduate schools. Actives and Alumni are constantly sharing work and research opportunities which makes it nearly effortless to find new experiences to help you stand out. As someone who has found a research position through just having the title of “AED Active member” on his resume, a Pharmacy Technician job through referral of another active and shadowing program through one of our many guest speakers; I can honestly vouch for the networking potential of AED.
I am currently in my gap year gathering more shadowing/volunteering hours and preparing my application for Medical school this upcoming cycle. I am thankful for all the opportunities that I have found through AED, the friendships/memories I have made and the person that I have become. Though this post only includes a fraction of everything AED has done for me, I urge you to take a chance and consider rushing AED.
Thank you for reading,
Alpha Epsilon Delta
My time in AED has been one of the most, if not the most, important college experiences I have had. Without it, I would not be the person I am today. First and foremost, it has introduced me to countless friends who I consider family. This is especially true for my pledge class, Gamma Zeta, who have been an amazing support system through the highs and lows at UCI. I am forever grateful for their presence in my life. Furthermore, AED presents incredible opportunities in work and community service, along with professional resources that made my path towards a healthcare career that much smoother. Surrounding myself with other pre-health students showed me how vital the collaboration between different roles in healthcare is. Lastly, it has taught me the crucial life lesson of “you get back what you put in.” I started off as a young and naive freshman, and I ended my experience with the leadership roles of Vice President and CPR Director under my belt. Altogether, these distinct experiences within AED have helped me achieve my goal of attending graduate school at USC to attain my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. My next goal: to become the best physical therapist that I can be.
My experience spans from the winter quarter of 2017 and comes to an end in the spring quarter of 2020. I hope I made the most that I could out of it, making my mentors before me proud and inspiring the next generation of diligent, yet fun loving, students who I’ve had the pleasure of having great relationships with. I know AED will continue to grow in the years that I’ll be gone, and I’m excited for it. My last hope is that all who have the privilege of being in AED have the same great experience that I did because this is something that nobody can take away from me. Thank you, AED, for everything.
In college, one of the biggest challenges is finding a place where you belong. As a freshman, I wrestled with this dilemma until I stumbled upon AED. In short, AED is an all-in-one package for students wanting to pursue a career in healthcare, and it was where I found my sense of belonging.
Wanting to pursue a career in pharmacy, I was immediately drawn to the vast number of active members with the same interest and the extensive network of alumni in pharmacy. However, what was unique about AED in contrast to other career-oriented clubs was that I was also able to learn about all the other healthcare careers. Doing so not only allowed me to broaden my knowledge of the possibilities in healthcare, but it also solidified my passion for pharmacy.
Another big plus for me was that AED was dedicated to actively serving the community. As aspiring healthcare professionals, it will be our daily mission to serve our patients. Participating in service events such as giving care packages to the homeless and hosting a free health clinic for the underserved gave me some perspective of what it would be like to provide care to my own patients one day. Being able to share these experiences with close friends made it all the more fun and fulfilling.
But maybe the real treasure was the friends we made along the way… All jokes aside, what really sold me was the strong, unbreakable sense of camaraderie among AED’s members. During school, we’d hog up a whole row of seats in our lecture halls. On weekends, we’d head to the beach to de-stress. And in between it all there would be countless boba runs, delicious potlucks, and tireless nights out. From the sleepless nights we spent together cramming for exams to the spontaneous road trips to who knows where, there are way too many unforgettable memories to sum up in just a few sentences.
I was really fortunate to have these experiences be a part of my undergrad career. When it comes down to it, it was the people in AED who made my UCI experience worthwhile. Having just graduated, I am super excited to start my first year of pharmacy school at UCSD, and I have AED to thank for getting me to where I am today. AED didn’t just give me professional resources, service opportunities, and new friends; it gave me a family, and I hope that it will give you yours as well!
My name is Chris, and I am currently studying at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy.
As a commuter all throughout undergrad, I struggled to make friends during my first two years at UC Irvine before rushing AED. Today, my closest friends come from AED. I have had some of the greatest memories with my pledge class, and I even studied abroad and went on adventures in South Korea with three active members. But during my lowest lows, my pledge class and other actives were there for me, and I am truly thankful that they were there when I needed support the most. Now, it is surreal to see where some of my friends are today: already in top medical, pharmacy, dental, and optometry schools, just to name a few!
Not only did I build everlasting friendships but also I have learned so much about the healthcare field thanks to the countless guest speakers and workshops. Before rushing AED, I was unsure about which healthcare career path to take. Through AED alumni in the pharmacy field, I learned that pharmacy is so much more than retail. And now, I am pursuing a career in clinical pharmacy. As someone who was initially more introverted and unconfident, I give AED a lot of credit for my professional development through the professional and community service events. AED also provides great connections for research and jobs, and I was able to find an amazing pharmacy technician job during my gap year thanks to an alumni.
I would not be in a prestigious pharmacy school today without AED. Whether you are looking for friendships or guidance, actively checking out organizations such as AED is a huge step that will open countless new opportunities for you in your future. I truly hope Alpha Epsilon Delta will provide you the same experiences as what I have received.
During my time at UCI, I have changed my career path from optometry to medicine and then to having no idea at all. If it had not been for AED, I would never have found my passion for physical therapy. The resources within AED help you discover what you truly love and there will be a time where you change your mind and realize your current career path isn’t for you. And not only does AED serve as a resource for career discovery, but it also has many opportunities for professional development. I served as an officer in AED and it helped me understand the challenges and value of being in a leadership role. I was able to improve on my ability to communicate, collaborate, and motivate, which are all important skills to have in the professional world. I always encourage new members to take on a leadership role within the organization because it helps you develop the skills necessary to become successful in your career. But most importantly, I have met some of my closest friends through AED. I have studied, travelled, and celebrated with these people and would not be where I am today without them. The network of friends and the experience you gain from AED is invaluable and I highly recommend becoming a member of this organization because it has made such a positive impact on my life.
AED showed me an array of career pathways in healthcare and helped me discover which path was the most suitable for me. With a vibrant community of engaged student leaders, I overcame academic/personal obstacles while being surrounded by hardworking, fun, and intelligent people who inspired me to set my goals to a higher standard. Joining a wide interprofessional network allowed me to mature personally/professionally and gain lifelong friendships along the way.
Throughout my undergraduate career, my involvements in AED helped me give back to the communities that I have embraced. My mindset began to change from "What can this organization do for me?" to "What can I do for them?" Reputable for excellent service and camaraderie, AED is full of unique resources and opportunities to continue these contributions – both within and outside of UCI (e.g. the annual free health fair). It was a privilege to be a part of an esteemed organization that bridges the gap between individuals and the community, all the while of making a huge impact on both.
When facing adversity, my experience with AED has taught me that it’s about being ready for what lies ahead, not about what keeps you from being prepared. Given that the organization has a long history of preparing successful and compassionate healthcare professionals, I feel that I am no different – I’m currently excelling as a PA student at Western University of Health Sciences. The rigorous accelerated nature of the field allows me to have a jumpstart in a meaningful profession that I'm excited to be a part of. The hard work that’s expected from pre-healthcare students is warranted, especially when the reward is this worthwhile. From rushing as a sophomore to matriculating into grad school, AED has given me unfaltering support and cherished memories every step of the way.
I entered UCI thinking I was going to be a pharmacist since I was extremely passionate about chemistry coming in. I still am passionate about it, but it was ultimately not the career that fulfilled me at the end of the day. This realization occurred to me in my third year of undergrad and I was scrambling to figure a career path that matched my ideas. Through the network of AED, I was able to explore numerous professions of the health field, ranging from optometry, dentistry, MD, DO, and physical therapy. I've at least volunteered or worked at those respective careers, all because the people in AED guided me in acquiring those positions. I ultimately found my love for physical therapy and the profession's determination to be deemed the "masters of movement". I honestly would not have been in my situation without the exposure of being involved in AED. Their network is extensive with experienced alumni to help mentor and guide you into the health profession. The opportunities offered to members are not only good to improve yourself on your resume, but mentally and professionally towards higher education. And by far, the support system of other members with you is indeed the best part of the organization through the many difficult times I had throughout my undergraduate career. Ultimately, we practice what we preach and from their guidance I was able to completely switch career paths away from pharmacy in a year and get accepted to one of my top choices in PT schools which was USC—the number one ranked program in the nation for physical therapy. Whenever I look back at what I've accomplished in my undergraduate years, I am always reminded of how much everyone gave to me in order to be where I am today. The ideologies and friends that I made from AED continue on even today, as I represent myself as a UCI Alumni in their professional school dedicated to take care of human beings.
Pursuing a career in healthcare is an extremely difficult undertaking, but the biggest and arguably, most important lesson AED taught me while I was pursuing medicine at UCI is the understanding that I didn't have to face these challenges alone. In AED, I networked with successful alumni in top programs across the nation, collaborated with inspirational student leaders, and most importantly, joined a family that will always be there, even after time and distance makes its mark. I can say with 100% confidence that the quantity and quality of resources and opportunities that AED provides are nothing short of phenomenal.
Despite no longer pursuing a career in healthcare, AED still stands as the best decision I made during my college career, and that is because beyond our proven track record of success lie much deeper, more intangible reasons why AED was, and still is, truly an investment in long-term success in the real world.
AED taught me how to rise up to a challenge. From working on a team with different personalities to determining how to provide quality opportunities as a Resource Chair, I learned how to take ownership of the issues that I faced, a vital skill to have in the professional world. AED taught me not only how to work hard, but how to work smart, and challenged me to develop a work-life balance - also another key to success in the professional world. Furthermore, AED provided a safe space for me to be myself, thus enabling me to reach my full potential during college. AED didn't just accept me - AED pushed for my growth professionally, academically, and personally, and motivated me to get back up whenever I fell down. This family picked me up when the pieces of my life fell apart, and they have supported me and continue to support me in every endeavor I have.
For me, rushing was something that happened by chance, but the decision to commit three years to AED was intentional. Going through a career change during the course of my time at UCI, it just goes to show that you never really know where life will take you, but as long as you are surrounded by the right people, you will never be alone in the journey, and I have AED to thank for that.
Looking back at my undergraduate experience, I can easily say joining Alpha Epsilon Delta was the best decision I had made. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals with similar ambitions helped guide me through my path to pharmacy. Without the continuous support and mentorship from my AED family, I would not be where I am today – a 3rd year pharmacy student at the University of California San Francisco, Class of 2018.
Not only did AED provide endless opportunities for me to grow professionally, but it also helped me cultivate relationships with a group of individuals that I consider my family. Your undergraduate years are the best time to find yourself and to take chances. And by taking that chance with AED, I grew in all aspects of my life.
As time passes and we walk our separate career paths, one thing is for certain – we’ll never forget the memories we made.
Shout out to my Beta Upsilon homiez Love you guys
In my four years at UC Irvine, AED was the one organization that impacted me the most. It wasn’t just an organization that provided opportunities such as academic resources, leadership positions, or research openings. Nor was it just some org I slapped on my resume. What made AED so special, were the people I met; the people that went from strangers, to friends, to family.
There’s a saying:
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
My path to pharmacy school was challenging and there were many bumps throughout the process, but AED was always there for guidance and support. I learned quickly that I wasn’t alone, instead I was among a group of individuals that not only shared similar goals, but had the drive and passion to pursue it. AED was a door, that I opened up to endless opportunities and experiences in which helped develop me both personally and professionally. Lifelong relationships were built and unforgettable memories were made.
Rushing for Alpha Epsilon Delta was one for the books
Why did I join Alpha Epsilon Delta? I was looking for a group of like-minded individuals -- people who were driven, like me, towards the health profession but still wanted to make the most out of college. What I received was so much more than I had hoped for. I joined AED during winter quarter of my 2nd year at UCI. Not only was I able to take advantage of opportunities that solidified my path to medicine, but I also developed relationships with people I call my best friends now. The family-like support I felt when I joined AED, pushed me to become a better me. I listened to guest speakers from a variety of different fields that helped me narrow down which health careers I felt fit my personality best. I was connected with doctors to shadow, places to volunteer (like Karate For All and Camp Footprints), and events to give back to my community (AED’s Annual Health Clinic in Westminster). More importantly, I gained a family that I could cram for midterms and finals with, go out for boba runs with, and really experience college with while still moving towards our goals of becoming health professionals. They stood with me during my most challenging moments and celebrated with me during my most successful. Looking back now, I can say that AED was the best decision I made during my college career.
One extra-cirricular activity during my undergraduate career that had a significant impact on my life is being part of Alpha Epsilon Delta. I graduated top of my high school, but I didn’t feel that it was an accomplishment. I was always preoccupied with getting good grades but with little future direction. However, in my three years in AED, I can definitely say that I have grown academically, professionally, and personally. AED has given me opportunities to solidify my interests in the healthcare profession, more specifically pharmacy, and to take on leadership roles. Four years ago, I would have never seen myself as someone rushing for and being in a pre-health honor society, but surrounding myself with ambitious, like-minded individuals has shaped me into the person I’ve always wanted to be -- a well-rounded individual who is passionate, dedicated and not afraid to take advantage of not only opportunities that come her way but to take on academic and professional challenges in pharmacy school.
I joined AED my senior year, and looking back I’m really happy that I did. The people I met in my pledge class and beyond have all been really wonderful people. I definitely received so much love and support throughout my last year of college and beyond. I was able to have great friends who helped each other when applying for medical school. At times being a pre-med at a large university like UCI was hard because of the lack of support, but the people at AED truly became my support system while I was going through the long and tedious medical school application process. Without their support getting accepted into medical school would have been much harder for me and I really appreciated everyone for helping me through the obstacles.
Being a part of AED has not only helped me professionally but it has also enabled me to give back to the AED community as well. Despite pledging 4 years ago I’m still able to keep in touch with the many people I have met through AED. It brings me immense joy to help younger AED members when they’re applying for medical school and health-related programs. Even if I have never met some of the AED actives in person, I still love to help out whenever I can, just as my seniors had done for me. I truly believe that being in AED is something that leaves a mark on your college experience and beyond. Now looking back from a perspective of a 3rd year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine I can definitely say that joining AED was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Often times, under the expectations of our parents and family, we get lost in what we believe we want to do in the future. Sometimes it's more important to take a step back and explore your options because you never know what, or who, may change your mind! Through AED, I met individuals that understood me more than I understood myself. The resources available and friends I have made reinforced my goals and strengthened my determination to achieve them. Not only did I create unforgettable memories and forge bonds that will last a lifetime, the simple aspect of being surrounded by a group of individuals with similar aspirations, helped me become who I am today.
A wise bear once said “You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." - Winnie the Pooh.
So, take a chance and rush AED, maybe it will do for you like it did for me.
NYU COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY, CLASS OF 2020
When I first came to UCI, it was difficult to make lasting friendships and it was even more difficult to solidfy my career path. Through my first two years, I was lost trying to find myself and I knew that I needed some type of support system that held similiar interests. I was waiting for opportunities to randomly appear but apparently life just doesn’t work that way. I started to realize that I should not let my fear stop me from growing as an individual and to take chances. I decided to take a chance with AED and it is definately a choice that I would never regret.
Joining AED is one of the best decisions I have made during my college career. I was able to personally meet health professionals from different disciplines while having a support system to guide me. The individuals in AED continually push you to become someone better and are always there to guide you onto the right road. Personally, I can’t count how many times the individuals in AED have helped me during times of distress. They’re family. Without their guidance and support, I would not have taken an interest in nursing and pursue this career. Now, I am currently one year away from graduating from UCI’s nursing program! I cannot thank AED enough and all that it has given me..
My name is Helen Tran and I am currently studying at USC School of Pharmacy graduating class of 2020. I am currently working at CHOC hospital as an intern pharmacist and pursuing clinical pharmacy. AED has given me so much more than I would have ever imagined. I rushed winter 2014 and the first quarter I was really close to the GPA cutoff but did not exactly make it. Without the support and help of my pbros and psises, I would not be where I am today both academically and professionally. With my class and other amazing AED members, I was able to exceed in school in a way I never knew was possible for me. Being around such motivated and ambitious individuals made a huge difference. I became more involved in school and extracurriculars with great organizations such as CampMed, Karate for All, Pre-Health Alliance, and more with different members of AED. Even after graduation, there were plenty of alumni who helped me go through the application process going to pharmacy school. The process went much more smoothly with their help and I was able to receive invaluable advice from them. We had two brothers in our class who joined AED from Korea while they were studying abroad. I even got the chance to stay with one of their families for a week while I was traveling abroad. AED creates bonds that last forever. I am proud to have been such an amazing organization!
Before joining AED, I was the extremely shy and reserved person who was always preoccupied with studying and getting good grades but with little future direction or goals. I initially thought AED was simply another resource to help me excel with academics. However, I was pleasantly surprised that AED was so much more than my preconceived notion. AED has helped me grow professionally, academically and personally. It has provided me with opportunities to solidify and apply my interests in a healthcare profession, encouraged me to push past my comfort zone to become a more well rounded individual, and given me something to be passionate about. Most importantly, AED has given me a family of inspiring, ambitious and genuinely warm-hearted friends to share my invaluable experience with at UCI.
My time in Alpha Epsilon Delta was one of the best in my college career. I was a transfer student, coming into UC Irvine in awe. I had been involved in a number of clubs throughout my time in Community College and felt as if I needed to be involved in everything available, but I just kept spreading myself too thin. I found this Honors Society and immediately felt welcomed. I came into this organization unsure about my ability to make it to Medical School, excited to meet people interested in healthcare and wanting more information about the professional schools. I graduated as Vice President of the entire organization, met some of the best friends I could've ever asked for and currently in the PostBaccalaureate program at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Alpha Epsilon Delta has not only allowed me to develop my communication and leadership skills but has given me the confidence I needed to know that I will be successful in my path to becoming a physician. I am so happy I joined AED, the experiences and memories have been unforgettable! Whether you're fortunate enough to know what you want to do, just need a little help or completely lost, this organization will show you your options and give you an enormous support group in your corner rooting for your success.
The greatest thing that AED has given me is a family. <3 Most of my best memories in UCI are with AED since it’s filled with fun goofballs that are also incredibly brilliant! I love working alongside these amazing and passionate people who constantly inspire me and are always willing to help me out! There are countless times that someone reached out to me when I needed help and even when I didn’t need it! Someone was always saving a seat for me in lecture or creating group chats for each class we’re in so we could meet up for study groups and that was incredibly helpful throughout my undergrad career.
The two biggest opportunities AED introduced me to are research and Camp Footprints. Looking back, I don’t think I would have been introduced to them without AED and I am so thankful for them since they have drastically impacted my professional career. There are so many members that have research positions that are more than happy to help you get into their lab or give you advice on finding the right lab for you. Most members also have jobs catered to their career path and they constantly post job openings! I think that’s what I love about being in a pre-health organization because it gives me insight on all the different health professions so I know which one is the best for me! (Especially because it makes me even more passionate about dental now! :D) I hope my little blurb gave you a better idea of what AED is like! Feel free to find me on FB and message me if you want more insight or advice if you’re pre-dental as well! I’m always happy to help!
A big shout out to my pledge class GAMMA BETA for always being there for me and showing me unconditional love. GB4LYFE <3
The most desirable quality of Alpha Epsilon Delta is its standards are as high as its merits. AED consists of some of the most motivated, bright, quirky, and personable individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Though only a few new members begin with these qualities, AED and its members have the innate ability to shape one’s qualities for the better. This innate ability is what makes AED, from its plethora of successful alumni matriculating into graduate schools to its various outreach events and volunteering projects, so successful.
Before joining Alpha Epsilon Delta, I was a somewhat shy, introverted boy. With regards to the community, I had no impact. I hadn’t developed my ability to connect with the people I served. My grades were subpar for my professional goals. Finally, my personal life was in shambles, as I had only a few friends to connect with and enjoy college with. As an aspiring pre-health professional, I knew that I needed to improve on these aspects for my professional and personal goals. Attempting to resolve these issues, I joined pre-professional clubs, a Greek organization, and ASUCI. Out of these organizations, AED was the most constructive and valuable.
One of the most significant qualities in our members was our tendency to be supportive to each other. Resource Chairs actively sought different speakers every week in order to expose members to alternative vocations. On a similar note, there were interview workshops, resume workshops, and standardized test workshops to suit our members’ needs. Community Outreach chairs organized service projects and even devised new ones not only to help our volunteering resumes, but also to make important contributions to local communities and beyond. Despite the low professor-to-student ratio at UCI, Events Coordinators organized networking events with UCI professors in order to help members to develop close relationships with them.
There were constant listings for job opportunities, research opportunities, school tours, and volunteering made available by word-of-mouth from our alumni and active members. Finally, on a more personal note, I will always remember my friends willing to share their notes and taking the time to tutor me on concepts I didn’t understand. I am certain that every student thrives on a supportive network of peers. By joining AED, I flourished, both professionally and personally, from its sense of camaraderie.
From these reasons, Alpha Epsilon Delta provided me with one of the most meaningful experiences in my undergraduate career, and it will do the same for you. You will have the opportunity to serve the less fortunate and hear about their stories. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of different healthcare vocations in order to match your interests. You will meet your best of friends by joining this organization and participate in some of your greatest adventures. To join AED is to participate in a journey that will help you reach your utmost potential. Nonetheless, the irony in embarking on the AED journey will truly remind you that you are already home.