Michelle Szewczyk

Leader

Hometown: Troy, Mich.

Chapter: Detroit Mercy

Graduation Year: 2019

Position Held At Chapter: Council on Advocacy, districts 6 & 7 legislative coordinator


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Why do you want to be a dentist? I love the personal connection dentists have with their patients. You have the ability to be the healthcare provider for a patient throughout their lifetime and treat generations of a family. That personal element of dentistry really drew me to the profession.

What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? The most vital quality to being a leader is listening. Good leaders listen to the people they lead and learn from them. Once you’ve spent time listening and learning, you can then lend information and be an effective leader.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far? The biggest lesson I’ve learned in dental school is flexibility. I’m very type-A, so I like to have a plan and prepare for everything; however, sometimes in dental school and life you have to be flexible and adjust to a situation. Dental school can be very stressful with the number of exams and managing your own patients in clinic. You can plan all you want, but you need to flexible enough to adjust to a last minute patient cancellation or short-notice exam.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? You can’t do it all. You need to prioritize the important things in life and then from there it’s a juggling act. Juggling can be a lot of work, but when you’re focused on the things that are most valuable to you, it’s much more enjoyable.