Featured Alumni

Here are a few of our alumni and what they are currently doing! 

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lauren phinney

tau Class

Graduation Year: 2016 | Degree: Human Biology and Society B.S., Spanish Minor

What are some things you love to do?

I love to do- yoga, hiking, traveling, dancing, learning new languages, searching for the world's best taco truck.

How were you involved in PhiDE? And how has PhiDE impacted you?

I rushed Spring 2013 and was on staff as Professional Fraternities Committee Chair in 2014. PhiDE was my support, and was where I found my mentors. My PhiDE family supported me all through college, the MCAT, and applying to medical school. Even now, I constantly look to my older PhiDE Alumni for advice. I also found some of my closest friends in PhiDE, and they gave me some of my best memories from college.

What are you up to now?

I took one gap year in which I became a yoga instructor, MCAT tutored and lived in Guatemala for 5 months with the program Somos Hermanos. Now I'm a first year Med student at UCSF! I'm interested in primary care and am considering getting an MPH.

Any advice for others who are currently on the pre-med path?

Find your mentors. Do things that make you happy. Self-care is crucial

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Calvin wong 

tau Class

Graduation Year: 2016 | Degree: Biology, B.S.

What are some things you love to do?

Singing. Photography. Instagram @thatonekidcalvin (shameless plug). Photoshop Designing. Longboarding. Learning Chinese. Playing Games (Catan, Avalon, etc.) Watching TV (Game of Thrones, How To Get Away With Murder, Arrow, Once Upon a Time, Suits, American Horror Stories, Gotham, New Girl, The Walking Dead).

How were you involved in PhiDE? And how has PhiDE impacted you?

I joined PhiDE as a freshman in Spring of 2013. #tauclassbestclass PhiDE has provided me with professional development, including interviewing and public speaking skills, and opened many doors for my involvement on campus. I’ve also met amazing people (friends and mentors) and the social aspect definitely made my college experience a memorable one! I would do it all over again if I had the chance!

What are you up to now?

I am currently a first year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. During my free time, I would explore LA eateries, play board games (Catan, Avalon), and jam with friends and other students in my class. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given!

Any advice for others who are currently on the pre-med path?

If you have a passion for medicine, you will make it someday. Don’t let the little things keep you from pursuing your dreams of becoming a physician. It is competitive to get involved with student organizations at UCLA, but don’t give up! Most importantly, live everyday like it’s your last. Remember to enjoy your time at UCLA!

Regi nguyen

Pi Class

Graduation Year: 2015 | Degree: Physiological Science, B.S.

What are some things you love to do?

I love working out, cooking, exploring new places, and trying new restaurants. I also love listening to music and have been to a lot of music festivals.

How were you involved in PhiDE? And how has PhiDE impacted you?

I joined PhiDE during my freshman year and i can honestly say it was one of the best decision of my UCLA career. PhiDE gave me life-long friendships, unbelievable memories, and helped me tremendously on my pathway to medical school. PhiDE provided such a great support system and helped me get involved with many other leadership and research opportunities at UCLA.

What are you up to now?

I'm currently a second year medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Some of the things I've been involved with here are that I've served as a class senator, sang for an A cappella group, worked as an anatomy tutor, and am on leadership for a few groups such as AMSA and the Internal Medicine Interest group.

Any advice for others who are currently on the pre-med path?

I would recommend  trying to find a good balance between school, extracurriculars, and having a social life. Although this may seem difficult, I feel that maintaining a good mix between these factors would make you more well-rounded, successful, and happy at the same time. Also, I know the pathway to medicine isn't an easy one, but if you constantly stay motivated, you'd be surprised with how far you can get. The journey is long and daunting, but the light at the end of the tunnel makes it all worth it.