How has ASDA helped you build your leadership skills?
ASDA has helped me with time management, networking, public speaking, and critical thinking. I found it enriching to attend many chapter, district, and national events this past year. The District 2 Meeting introduced me to the numerous benefits of organized dentistry and tips for becoming a successful dentist. The ASDA Annual Session allowed the discussion of many issues to help better the rights of dental students. The NYSDA Annual Session taught me a lot about organized dentistry after graduation and how important it is to stay involved when you graduate.
What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader?
I believe the most vital qualities in a leader are effective communication and approachability. This can be done by asking your team for feedback, listening before speaking, and always being receptive to ideas.
Why should members get involved with ASDA leadership positions?
The greatest highlight of dental school thus far has been joining the ASDA leadership team, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get involved early on during D1 year. Members should get involved with leadership positions in order to build leadership skills and to advocate for certain issues that influence dental students and the future of the profession. It is also beneficial to meet and have discussions with passionate dental students and dentists in the profession. It is easy to get overwhelmed at school and lose site of the end goal, but having a leadership position and attending ASDA events puts everything in perspective and reminds you of the big picture and why we are all here in the first place.
What future leadership roles in organized dentistry interest you and why?
During the next three years of dental school, I would be interested in continuing playing a large role in ASDA, staying involved at both the chapter and district levels. After dental school, I would like to be part of my local dental society and be involved with organized dentistry at the state