Why do you want to be a dentist? My inspiration for pursuing a career in dentistry stems from my passion for art, science, and service. Dentistry is one of the only career fields where you have the ability to make tangible differences in your patients’ health, esthetics, and overall quality of life. In addition, as I grew more curious about the field of dentistry, I sought guidance from my dentist whom I admired and aspired to mirror. His charisma, encouragement, and passion for oral health and children challenged me in ways that would change my life forever.
Before starting dental school, I wish I had known... I wish I would’ve known to expand my knowledge of dental specialties and the business side of dentistry. In addition, I wish I would have had more knowledge of loans, researched more scholarship opportunities, and saved more money.
What is your favorite thing about your current year in dental school? My favorite thing about my current year in dental school is that we are starting to do more lab work. Everything we learned first year is starting to come together and make sense. We are currently practicing dental procedures we would be performing in our future clinics.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far? The biggest lesson that I’ve learned in dental school so far is that everything works itself out. If there’s something you don’t know ask and be curious. Try not to stress, do your best, and the rest will fall into place.
What is your favorite place you've traveled and why? My favorite place that I’ve traveled to is Los Angeles, CA. LA is my favorite place to visit because of the diverse mix of cultures, the beautiful weather and beaches, and the possibility of seeing celebrities. There’s always something new to do and countless fun things to do.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? The bravest thing I’ve ever done is stand up to a coworker whom I thought had been disrespectful for a long time. Instead of being combative, I respectfully spoke to her about my feelings towards the situation. We discussed the issue, came to an understanding, and eventually became friends.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of advice that I’ve ever received is to trust the process, embrace the uncertainty, and enjoy the beauty of becoming.
What are you looking forward to most after graduation? I’m definitely looking forward to implementing what I’ve learned in dental school and serving my community. I want to make an impact on the lives of my patients and be a role model for those who aspire to become dentists just as my mentor was for me.