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Parjosh SanghaParjosh Sangha never expected to become involved in De Anza’s student government. She came to community college for financial reasons and wanted to transfer as quickly as possible.

“When I did my research I learned that this school has a high transfer rate and is a really good community college,” said Parjosh. “During orientation, students would encourage us to join clubs, and I was surprised I became one of those people presenting to new students coming in.”

Parjosh graduated in June with an A.S. in biological sciences and is entering the accelerated Pharm D. program at the prestigious University of the Pacific in the fall -- no small feat for a student without a bachelor’s degree. For every hundred students entering the Pharm D. program, only two or three have not yet received a bachelor’s degree.

Parjosh credits her involvement in De Anza’s vibrant student life with her success.

“Being in student government got me really involved in campus and made me more outgoing and social,” Parjosh said. “I looked up any volunteer opportunities in the area and I would help get other students involved.”

When Parjosh first arrived at De Anza, she was “a little lost.” Unsure of her career interests, she decided to study nutritional sciences and eventually transfer to UC Berkeley. Then, two teachers invited her to be a supplemental instructor for their courses. Through tutoring, Parjosh met students involved in DASB and joined the honors club. She ran for club treasurer. A year later, she was Honors Club president and head of the DASB Diversity Committee. Parjosh also participated in one of the professional photo shoots on campus and was recently featured in the college's VTA bus ad campaign. 

parjosh sangha"From the first moments that Parjosh was in my class, I could tell she was a special person and student. She was always so collaborative, and she never saw her education as competitive,” said English instructor Lydia Hearn. “Instead, she welcomed ideas from her fellow students to help her grow and she shared her own thoughts to help them grow. The emotional and intellectual maturity that Parjosh displayed and continues to display is admirable."

As her student life was taking off, Parjosh was laying the groundwork for her professional career. She worked as a cashier at her local pharmacy and liked the environment so much that she earned her Pharmacy Technician certification. She also switched majors and decided to attend pharmacy school.

“When I was applying to University of the Pacific, my resume was three pages,” Parjosh said. “At De Anza I was given so many opportunities, and I tried to take advantage of as many as I could to expand and grow.”

Parjosh would like to return to work at her local pharmacy when she finishes her studies in two years. For now, she’s looking forward to university life, and is even contemplating joining student government once again.

“The senate helped me a lot with leadership and understanding others needs,” Parjosh added. “Don’t lose confidence and don’t be afraid to get involved.” 

Contact: Vanessa Smith
Phone: 408.864.8948

Last Updated: 12/19/14