My name is Jennifer Zamora and I graduated from CSUF in 2004 with my B.S. in biological sciences. I am about to graduate (May 15, 2009) with my master of physician assistant practice from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. It has been a long journey, but becoming a mother to a beautiful daughter shifted my path from medical school to becoming a PA, which I do not regret at all. Having an amazing husband and God to help me, made the shift to being a full-time student again possible. I also love to be active and involved. I was in Sacramento with hundreds of medical and allied health students this past January fighting for healthcare coverage for all. It was an amazing experience to be able to talk with senators and assembly members about social justice issues. My husband joined me as I embarked on a medical missions trip to Uganda, Africa, in my first summer off from PA school. My advice will always be to see what you can do to help whoever you can, whenever you can. I got my class to sponsor a family one Christmas and for another we did a huge toy drive for the sick children of the hospital. These were very similar things I was taking part in through SHPA at CSUF!!! SHPA was such an amazing way to network with like-minded people and in doing such I have made life-long friends. The guidance through the health admissions office was phenomenal with helping me to stay organized, and I can never thank my advisor and mentor enough, Dr. Drath. Barb Hoke was also amazing. Stay on top of the process and get things in very early. As I have participated in interviewing many candidates for my school and I cannot speak enough of pushing through that nervousness and being personable. Be confident and make yourself known so that you can shine that day and your interviewers will remember you. Remember, the fact that you got that interview means you are qualified to be there!!!