Our Students - Undergraduates
Undergraduate Trainees 2018 - 2019
From left to right: Lilian Nguyen, Austin Wells, Andrew Mutsalklisana, Jennifer Creamer, Leticia Morales, Elyssa Bukiran, Tiffany Nguyen, Juhi Bambar, Katherine Nguyen, Erika Linares, Melanie Alcala, Caroline Tran
Alumni, CSUF B.S. Health Science, Former Intern & Former AHA Mentor
“I think what makes Allied Health Academy stand out is that it does not only help students explore many allied health career options, but it also creates opportunities for peers to connect as well as educating students about self-care and preparing students for graduate school. Allied Health Academy was my support system for the past year and it helped me earned my highest GPA of my entire college career.”
I decided to join the Allied Health Academy because I felt the need to follow my passion for health and I wanted to be more involved on campus. I had no idea what allied health was or felt connected or belonged to this university. Little did I know, it would be the beginning of personal growth as a first-generation college student. I’m beyond grateful for the existence of Allied Health Academy and I am extremely glad that Erin went into one of my classes to recruit students. A year later, although I am not where I hope to be, I have come so far in terms of developing professional skills, healthy habits, studying skills, time-management skills and more. It is a good feeling to know what educational and career path I want to pursue and find my community. I think what makes Allied Health Academy stand out is that it does not only help students explore many allied health career options, but it also creates opportunities for peers to connect as well as educating students about self-care and preparing students for graduate school. Allied Health Academy was my support system for the past year and it helped me earned my highest GPA of my entire college career, yet. I am so grateful that I took full advantage of this wonderful program by completing hours as a new member and gaining internship experience. I am currently finishing my last year mentoring other students and also in the process of completing my graduate school application for Master of Public Health. I would not be where I am today without the Allied Health Academy and this will always be something I’ll look back on years from now.
Junior, CSUF B.S Kinesiology, Former Summer Bridge Program Participant, Former AHA Member
The Summer Bridge Program showed me other healthcare professions that I wasn't aware of before. The program also shed light on issues of social injustice and social inequity, especially in healthcare. I also received information about the resources available to students in Cal State Fullerton, which makes it easier to navigate the campus and eliminate that worry about feeling small in a campus filled with more than 40,000 students. Since the professors gave a preview of what a college class is like, picking classes was a lot easier because I saw some traits of professors that would complement my learning style.
Alumni, B.S. Health Science 2017, Intern at Center for Successful Aging, Former AHA Member
Alumni, CSUF B.S. Human Services, Former Summer Research Experience participant and former AHA member
As a CSUF alumni and Titan, I am beyond grateful for the opportunities and the memories that I have built within the Allied Health Academy! During my first year as a transfer student, I remember feeling lost and intimidated by the new experience of navigating around such a large campus. I stumbled upon the Allied Health Academy as an accident due to having walked into the wrong building! A mistake that would lead down the path towards my own personal growth and professional development in areas of leadership, research, and meaningful work alongside faculty and students in multidisciplinary fields.
The Allied Health Academy (AHA) has rewarded me with multiple unique experiences that has helped enrich my educational journey and interpersonal growth. In the summer, I joined the Summer Research Program which allowed for me to be exposed to the field of research, professional conferences, and foundational organizations within the community. Soon thereafter, I took on a leadership role as the Vice President and Events Coordinator for the Allied Health Academy club on campus where we provided resources for students interested in the allied health fields. Also, I valued the annual retreats, case management sessions, and service hours that were provided to help students stay on track with short-term goals, as well as preparation for future goals towards graduate school.
Lastly, the AHA team and staff comprise of a wonderful group of mentors who are incredibly supportive, encouraging, and dedicated to help students succeed. Thank you AHA team for putting effort in wanting to provide a genuine sense of community and inclusivity for students to explore, connect, and discover more of themselves. These opportunities and interpersonal connections were grounding forces in leveraging my personal and professional confidence, and I don't believe that my undergraduate experience would have been the same without this program.