Why do you want to be a dentist? I like the idea that when a patient comes to me with a problem, there is almost always a concrete solution. I will be able to directly alleviate the suffering of others.
What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? Listening more than you talk. This is something I struggle with greatly and strive to improve every day.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far? Roll with it. Whatever “it” is. If you fail an exam? Roll with it – figure out how to improve next time. Unsure how to approach a problem? Roll with it – ask your friends for their take and try something new. Don’t know what you’re going to be doing in 6 months? Roll with it! Focus on the here and now and do what you can to move forward.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Admit that I was wrong. Sometimes it really hurts to realize I messed up, and I want to cover for myself. When I find myself in that situation, the hardest thing to do is the right one – swallow my pride and own up to my mistake.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Take a mental health day every once in a while. It can seem selfish when we all have so many responsibilities, but it’s important to spend time with yourself and remembering what makes you, you.