What or who inspired you to become a dentist? My father. He is an OB/GYN and he inspired me to have a career in the health field. But after shadowing him, I knew I didn’t want to be a physician. He encouraged me to explore dentistry because I would still get some of the positive elements of being a physician, but many more perks (especially the hours).
Before starting dental school, I wish I had known… Don’t be too prideful. It’s ok to ask for help. Most of us are used to accomplishing everything on our own, but that’s impossible to do in dental school. You’ll eventually find something you aren’t good at. I wish I had known how willing professors are to help you succeed before I struggled through my first semester.
What is your favorite thing about your current year in dental school? I absolutely love seeing patients. It is amazing to see all of my pre-clinical skills paying off, and it’s so rewarding when a patient thanks you at the end of treatment. It makes all of the long hours in the library worth it.
What is your least favorite thing about your current year in dental school? While I love seeing patients, the most stressful thing is when someone cancels. With each canceled appointment, I can’t help but think about missing out on those clinic procedures.
What has been your toughest lesson learned in dental school so far? You won’t be a master on your first try. Oftentimes, I see a professor cut a prep or perform a surgery and think “that was easy.” Then I get frustrated that I can’t do it as well. I have learned that improvements happen with time.
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled and why? My favorite vacation was a cruise around the Hawaiian islands with my family. I absolutely love cruises, and what better destination than Hawaii? My classmates and I have actually been researching CE courses that take place on cruises for a post-grad reunion.