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JASON WONG, Fall 2009 ΒΞ

JASON WONG, Fall 2009 ΒΞ

Career Path: Physical Therapy

HELEN PHAM, Winter 2012 ΒΤ

HELEN PHAM, Winter 2012 ΒΤ

Career Path: Physician Assistant

VINCENT HO, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

VINCENT HO, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

Career Path: Physical Therapy

DAVID LEE, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

DAVID LEE, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

Career Path: Pharmacy

STEPHANIE TRAN, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

STEPHANIE TRAN, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

Career Path: Educational Counseling

ANDREW PHAM, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

ANDREW PHAM, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

Career Path: Pharmacy

MIYUKI FUKUI, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

MIYUKI FUKUI, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

Career Path: Medicine

KRISTEN KOBAYASHI, Winter 2013 ΒΦ

KRISTEN KOBAYASHI, Winter 2013 ΒΦ

Career Path: Medicine

TIFFANY HUYNH, Fall 2013 ΒΧ

TIFFANY HUYNH, Fall 2013 ΒΧ

Career Path: Pharmacy

HELEN TRAN, Winter 2014 ΒΨ

HELEN TRAN, Winter 2014 ΒΨ

Career Path: Pharmacy

CRYSTAL HUONG, Fall 2014 ΓΑ

CRYSTAL HUONG, Fall 2014 ΓΑ

Career Path: Nursing

JULIA NGUYEN, Winter 2014 ΒΨ

JULIA NGUYEN, Winter 2014 ΒΨ

Career Path: Dentistry

PEGGY CHEN, Winter 2015 ΓΒ

PEGGY CHEN, Winter 2015 ΓΒ

Career Path: Dentistry

SHANNON HO, Fall 2014 ΓΑ

SHANNON HO, Fall 2014 ΓΑ

Career Path: Physician Assistant

ALEJANDRO AVINA, Winter 2015 ΓΒ

ALEJANDRO AVINA, Winter 2015 ΓΒ

Career Path: Medicine

WILLIAM NUBLA, Winter 2015 ΓΒ

WILLIAM NUBLA, Winter 2015 ΓΒ

Career Path: Dentistry

MEGUMI SUGIMOTO, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

MEGUMI SUGIMOTO, Fall 2012 ΒΥ

Career Path: Medicine

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.

JASON WONG

 

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.

HELEN PHAM

 

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.

VINCENT HO

 

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.

STEPHANIE TRAN

 

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

ANDREW PHAM

 

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.”

–African Proverb.

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

DAVID LEE

 

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.

KRISTEN KOBAYASHI

 

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.

TIFFANY HUYNH

 

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.

MIYUKI FUKUI

 

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.

JULIA NGUYEN

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..

CRYSTAL HUONG

 

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!

HELEN TRAN

 

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. 

SHANNON HO

 

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.

ALEJANDRO AVINA

 

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

PEGGY CHEN

 

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.

WILLIAM NUBLA

AED helped me confirm my ambition to become a physician, and assisted me in taking one step closer to achieving my goal. Through AED, I learned about ways to participate in various extracurricular activities such as becoming a tutor, shadowing a surgeon, and going on medical mission trips abroad to provide free medical care in underserved communities. I was inspired by wonderful clinicians and was motivated to push myself through the challenges of being a pre-med as my interactions with patients reminded me of why I want to become a physician.

Throughout medical school application, I had all these people from AED who were willing to help me with every aspect of the application from editing essays to practicing interviews. Many were already in medical school, who had gone through it all – and succeeded. Special shout out to my big sis Karissa who edited my entire application and spent hours with me over the phone and online giving me advice. I stepped in hoping for just a single acceptance, but was fortunate enough to have options to decide on a school that is a perfect fit for me, and would best aid me in getting most out of the medical school experience. I am currently in my first year attending Drexel University College of Medicine and I am enjoying every moment of it. I can say that I would not ask my first year of med school to be any other way, and this could not have happened without the enormous amount of help I received.

And the best part! It’s been more than two years out of college, and my closest friends that I still hang out with are from AED. It’s pretty nice to see on social media that you’re not the only one studying all the time but your friends are going through the same thing all across the country.

 MEGUIMI SUGIMOTO