Why do you want to be a dentist? My initial experiences with dentistry revolved around my excessive overjet. As a teenager, I was self-conscious and embarrassed of my smile. The success of my orthodontic treatment restored my confidence. Having experienced such low self-esteem, I desired to empower others dealing with similar issues and improve their outlook on life. This life-changing experience planted the seeds for a future career as a dentist and a deep desire to help others both physically and emotionally. A general dentist that I shadowed as a predental student taught me that dentistry is treating not just a troubled tooth but the whole person in the process.
What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? Power comes with other people. The most vital quality in a leader is being able to connect with, listen to, and understand your team. In this way, you will be able to help others discover their strengths and reach both their professional and personal goals.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far? The biggest lesson I’ve learned in dental school so far is to not compare myself to others. Everyone in my class has a different dental experience background and it has been humbling to receive help from more experienced classmates and in return, be able to offer help in something else.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? I don’t consider myself to be very adventurous but the bravest thing I’ve ever done was zipline through a rainforest in Costa Rica. I was 456 feet above ground.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I’ve ever received is to be okay with change. I never thought I would move cross-country for dental school, but my experience in dental school thus far has been better than anything I could have ever plan for myself. I truly believe that everything happens the way it’s supposed to.