Who inspired you to become a dentist?
Two of my older sisters, who were also Buffalo dental school graduates, were my inspiration for pursuing a career in dentistry. Honestly, if it wasn’t for them, I probably still wouldn’t know what a dentist does. Now look at me.
Before starting dental school, I wish I had known…
How hard dentistry was. You never know what something is like until you do it. When you’re shadowing, everyone makes it look easy. Then, when you try and do it and fail and struggle, you have that much more respect for those who have chosen this profession and do their job well.
What is your favorite thing about your current year in dental school?
Seeing patients. Studying and lab work are fun and all (not really), but I have enjoyed working with patients and applying what I’ve learned over the last two years. You learn the most by doing, and that is what has been great about being in clinic and learning from faculty and patients.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far?
Always be prepared, but keep in mind that there is a great big world out there. You have to come to school and clinic each day ready to work hard. You have to be willing to learn, adapt and be patient through the frustrations that you experience. But you also have to do things you enjoy and give yourself time to recharge whenever you get the chance. Enjoy the little things that this world has to offer.
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled and why?
Portugal. I went to visit my brother in Dublin, Ireland, over spring break last year. While I was there, we took a few days to visit several cities in Portugal. It was a beautiful country, and I enjoyed my time with everyone we met there.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
A wild fruit bat snuck into my room late one night. I captured it using nothing but a broom and a storage container, and eventually released it into the wild. I screamed and cried the entire time. It was still very brave of me, though.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To live beautifully. You have to make the most out of every moment and respect this life. Live life. Enjoy life. Enjoy everything and everyone around you.
What are you looking forward to most after graduation?
I was fortunate enough to be selected for an Army HPSP scholarship prior to starting dental school. So I am looking forward to serving this wonderful country and our brave service members.