Adesuwa Aigbuza reflects on her transformative Pacific experience
For Adesuwa Aigbuza ’25, making the decision to study pharmacy was an easy choice. Inspired by her love of chemistry, math and her lifelong admiration for the work her parents have done in health care, the answer was clear when asked what she wanted to be in the future.
“Pharmacy combines everything I enjoy into one career. It also allows me to build relationships and have interactions with patients and I appreciate that aspect of the profession,” said Aigbuza.
One of the reasons Aigbuza chose Pacific was for its vast opportunities to grow as a student leader. As an undergraduate student, Aigbuza was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, where she volunteered her time on campus and in the community. Currently she is a brother of Phi Delta Chi and serves as president for the White Coats for Black Lives committee, which focuses on dismantling racism in health care.
“We do this by hosting speaker events and Instagram lives to have conversations about disparities in health care,” said Aigbuza.
Recognizing Pacific’s reputation for providing student leadership opportunities, spaces to network with fellow peers and learn communication skills crucial to patient care, Aigbuza says her experience in the program has been transformative.
“Coming to Pacific I was closed-off, but once I opened myself to the campus and got involved, I saw a transformation in myself. I became more outspoken and gained the confidence to interact with others on campus and in the community,” said Aigbuza. “Having those connections here at Pacific has changed and transformed me into the student leader that I am and the future pharmacist that I hope to become.”
Aigbuza looks forward to becoming a clinical pharmacist where she can collaborate with other health care professionals. “It’s important to work together to provide the best care for our patients.”
Born in the United States, she feels fortunate to have access to medication and health services that individuals like her parents did not have growing up. In the future, Aigbuza hopes to give back to underprivileged communities by creating clinics in third world countries like Nigeria.
“My parents are both nurses and when I see how they give back to their patients and family members it inspires me to do more because of all the sacrifices that they made for me,” said Aigbuza.