The Next Steps in My Journey

Keck Graduate Institute: My Goal Shall Continue


As mentioned in the previous article, I have graduated from UCR, and although reluctant at first, have grown to love that decision. Part of that mixed feeling arose from the fact that I was uncertain on what I was going to do after I had graduated.

But above all the pain and confusion, I have broken free and have…

…Been accepted into the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences! It is part of the Claremont Colleges and is a member of a consortium with other universities such as Harvey Mudd and the No. 8 in the nation Pomona College. To be accepted to such a prestigious growing university humbles me greatly and assures me that I can do anything if I wanted to.

In a time of uncertainty, it really did give me hope. To think that I went from a depressed and stressed individual to a successful candidate really makes me excited for the future.

The support from my friends and family have been extremely overwhelming. I thank you all. This does not make me more arrogant in any way. The bigger I seem to get, the more humble I become.

But it is true, this was in many ways a pleasant surprise. I was not even expecting to apply this year, partly because my stress had dragged me on into a rigid un-bendable structure. But the people at KGI believed in me. They believed in me and saw my potential. The President of KGI believed in me and for that, I am moved to tears.

To be absolutely serious, it really is a sigh of relief and to think of all the pain that me and my family had to endure the past four years, it really was overwhelming. But the thing is, I did it, and my passion for science and learning kept me sane. More so, it drove me and shaped my character.

KGI will give me a two-year Masters in Bioscience program. I will pursue the pharmaceutical design and development track so I could hone my talents and fine-tune my skills to be a powerful pharmacist. How amazing would it be to be a pharmacist that can work first hand with knowledge that I learned in the laboratory, right? I will pursue many fields such as, but not limited to: pharmacokinetics, bioethics, pharmacology, drug design and discovery, structure-based drug design, pharmacogenomics, and proteomics.

KGI has given me the key to help the future. I will benefit society with new advancements and enjoy every second of it. Together, with the emphasis of collaboration over competition, we can excel much further.

I am excited at this new opportunity, and I am excited at the kind of individual that I will become. I look forward to meeting colleagues and furthering the field of pharmaceuticals and medicine. I am convinced KGI is the place where I will shine and I will continue to grow unhindered.


I will let KGI be the canvas to express my love for science to help others but really, when I learn something new, I have already helped myself. KGI has given me a chisel as a tool to shape this block of marble in the next 2 years.


I am excited to see what it will become…


Bend your stress everyone!



About the Author: Kevin Kim

I have devoted my life to science and rational thinking. As a student in life's classroom, I am striving to learn something new every day. Graduate of UC Riverside, Class of 2012. Graduate Student at Keck Graduate Institute, part of the Claremont Colleges. Class of 2014 with a Masters in Bioscience. The track is pharmaceutical design and development with the ultimate goal of becoming a pharmacist who can also contribute scientifically through research. I hope that through my postings, people will no longer be crippled by stress and anxiety. Fight on! Fight Strong!

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  • My main man. I am really happy for you. I wish you the best. Your such an inspiration. Keep up the good work and momentum. I will be free to chit chat approx two weeks a lot is going on. We have to catch up!

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