Who inspired you to become a dentist?
Growing up around a family with a medical background, I always knew I wanted to be a health professional. It wasn’t until after my first dental shadowing experience that I realized just how much this profession impacted the community in a positive way. That is when I decided I wanted to be part of a career that is dedicated to improving oral health and, in turn, overall well-being. I also admired the art and creativity of dentistry as well as the strong dynamic of the dental professional team.
Before starting dental school, I wish I had known…
How to improve my time management skills. The amount of material covered in dental school can be overwhelming, in addition to serving on the MOSDOH ASDA executive board. But once I overcame this challenge and learned how to balance the workload, I became productive with my time and dental school became manageable.
What is your favorite thing about your current year in dental school?
My favorite thing about dental school is the tremendous support I have from my colleagues and mentors. They have helped me learn so much about being a dental professional and the power of serving others in the community.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that as a student dentist, mistakes are almost guaranteed to happen. But these mistakes are expected and should be used as learning opportunities to improve upon for the next time.
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled?
I traveled to Nicaragua as part of a community service course in undergrad. I learned about the culture, educational status and health issues of the people of this country. This travel experience was not only humbling, but also enjoyable because I was able to provide needed service to the people. I also got to admire the beautiful vegetation and beaches of Nicaragua.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Deciding to pursue a career in dentistry. I knew it was going to be a difficult journey, but I overcame my fear of failure and believed that I could achieve this dream.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I have received was from my late mother, which was to not let anyone tell me that I couldn’t do something or that I wasn’t worthy of becoming anything that I desired to be. She also told me to stay strong, even in times of weakness, and when you fall, always stand back up.
What are you looking forward to most after graduation?
After graduation, it will be exciting to put the professional and clinical skills I have obtained from dental school into practice. I look forward to serving others and improving their lives one smile at a time.