Claire Chae Rin Kim

First Impression - Predental

Hometown: Changwon, South Korea

Chapter: Stony Brook

Graduation Year: 2019

Position Held At Chapter: Former chapter president

Claire_Kim Why do you want to be a dentist?
I’ve always enjoyed arts and design, and using my hands to create something new and beautiful. After joining a predental club, I learned that dentistry is deeply related to art, in terms of manual dexterity. Dentistry also allows you to not just give people beautiful smiles, but to impact their overall health and quality of life. The fact that I can help change someone’s quality of life is what attracted me to pursue my goal as a dentist the most. 

What are you most nervous about for dental school?
I’m nervous about time management and the rigor of classes in the first year. I’ve seen so many of my friends struggling throughout the journey and that makes me get nervous about dental school. But I know all of them make it by supporting each other, so I’m excited. Right now, though, actually getting into dental school makes me the most nervous. 

Why do you think you’ll make a good dentist?
Because I will not just treat my patient physically; I will treat their overall health as well. I want to interact with my patients one-on-one, making sure they are getting everything they need in my office. I have a friendly personality that has developed from moving around to new places many times since my childhood. When my patients leave my office, I want them to think, “Wow, I must come back here again. That was wonderful experience.” Customer service is important since the dentist is offering a service to people. Also, I will always welcome everyone with a great smile. 

Share one thing on your bucket list:
Traveling to Spain, Portugal, Italy and France in a camping van and surfing in all the beaches.