Why do you want to be a dentist? Helping others is #1.
What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? By encouraging, guiding, and helping others, being a leader means dedicating yourself to being there for others and helping those in need. That is what being a leader is all about – lifting other people up. Leadership has always come naturally to me, but it wasn’t until I entered dental school that my passion and desire for leadership development and professional growth blossomed.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far? Helping others! Since I have been in clinic for a few months now I have realized that helping others and treating them the way I would want to be treated, means so much. I learned very quickly that one day you might be the one that needs help. If you treat every patient the way you would want to be treated, you will never do them wrong and they will appreciate everything. Going out of my way or spending a little extra time with each patient to make sure they are comfortable, really means the world to them.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Fear is a given in life. It’s how we handle our fears and how we overcome is what matters. Often, we surprise ourselves with the power that lies below. The bravest thing I have ever done was enter dental school. It sounds minor, but as a college student imagining taking out almost $400,000 in loans to go to school, plus your undergraduate loan sounds overwhelming. The thought of paying all of that back sounds unimaginable. The thought of moving away for 4 years, trying to find a job, all can factor into taking that big step. It takes a brave person to apply and go through with entering dental school. If there is one thing I can say to those thinking this, it is ALL worth it in the end. Follow your heart, follow your dreams and do what you love. The loans will be paid off. Money should never determine your path in life, your passion should.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? A narrow focus brings big results. The number one reason students in dental school and people in general give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go instead of how far they have come. But it's a series of small wins that can give us the most significant success.