Why do you want to be a dentist?
The thought of pursuing dentistry came to me while I was receiving orthodontic treatments during high school. Unlike many of my peers, my case was complicated and my orthodontist had to adjust the dental plan several times to carry out the most effective procedures. During the treatment, I had eight teeth pulled out, seven mini-implants placed and multiple dental films taken. However, I was surprised to find those treatments less daunting when I began to wonder how they were performed with the fancy instruments and the science behind them. I had been exploring careers at the time and dentistry stood out perfectly. I was lucky enough to shadow my dentist in orthodontics and general dentistry. Having witnessed various clinical cases and experienced them myself, I realized how significant the changes, both physical and psychological, can be brought to us through dental treatments. I would never forget the teary faces of those patients once they were able to smile confidently. My later involvement in various dental activities (shadowing, volunteering, organized dentistry and research) keeps enriching my perspectives and understanding of dentistry. Along with scientific highlights, I am intrigued by how powerful dentistry is in incorporating different values, from aesthetics to functionality to overall health. I am more than assured that dentistry is what I want to do with my life!
What are you most nervous about for dental school?
Thinking about dental school, I am already getting super excited for the white coat ceremony and all the adventures ahead! For me, the most nervous part may be to find a balance between keeping a good standing under the fast-paced curriculum and staying active in organized dentistry like ASDA.
Why do you think you’ll make a good dentist?
I love working with my hands and would love to devote whatever amount of efforts to enhance my proficiency in performing different types of treatments. The excitement of receiving beautiful smiles from patients will be my long-lasting driving force to become a good dentist with compassion and respect for patients.
Share one thing on your bucket list:
Make a set of mugs with tooth logos inscribed!