Hometown: Ellicott City, Md.

Chapter: Temple

Graduation Year: 2019

Position Held At Chapter: Advocacy chair (previous); national chair, Council on Advocacy (current)

lauren-yap-homepage Why do you want to be a dentist? I want to be a dentist to be able to help human trafficking victims, especially young women and children, with their oral health. 

What do you think is the most vital quality in a leader? I think the most vital quality in a leader is communication in the form of being an active listener. I believe this is a crucial step to building a relationship with those you work with and how you can engage and empower them, in addition to learning how to be a more dynamic, adaptive leader. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far? There are going to be days where things don’t go your way — obstacles, challenges, failures. And that’s okay as long as you gave it your all. Tomorrow is a new day to try again! 

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? I think I’m about to do the bravest thing I’ve ever done — I’m moving to Hawaii for my residency!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? My best friend of 18 years taught me such a valuable life lesson which is to trust the process. We always end up right where we're meant to be, right when we're meant to be there.