Who inspired you to become a dentist?
In high school, I took a class called “Dental Careers” that formally introduced me to dentistry. My instructor, Regina Weems, showed me an article about a 12-year-old titled “Toothache Leads to Boy's Death,” which ignited the fire and inspired me to become a dentist.
Before starting dental school, I wish I had known…
To always have fun! Being a dental student is tough, but every student should always remember to make time for themselves and enjoy the moment. These days are ones we will never get back. So every chance you get — after studying, of course — take time to make memories that will last a lifetime.
What is your favorite thing about your current year in dental school?
My patients! All of the long nights during first year studying gross anatomy and those dreadful hours in the lab during second year all make sense. It is rewarding now that I am finally a clinical student, and I get to interact with my patients daily. Being able to change their lives has been the best part of my third year.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in dental school so far?
That you are not perfect, and it’s OK! There will be times when you must ask for help, but it’s not the end of the world. Being perfectly imperfect is what gives you character, and it’s what will make you a better dentist.
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled and why?
San Jose, Costa Rica. I traveled there during spring break of my first year with 10 other friends. We learned so much about each other, explored the country and formed bonds that could never be broken!
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Shark wrestling in the Bahamas. One Christmas, I joined my best friend and his family in celebrating the holidays in the Bahamas. One day, we ended up on an island feeding stingrays and wrestling sharks. Needless to say, it was an eventful trip!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Work within your passion. If you love what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life. This may be cliché, but these are words I live by. Dentistry is my passion, and even on the hardest day, it is still the best decision I’ve made in life.
What are you looking forward to most after graduation?
Continuing education. It sounds crazy, but I’m excited to see what new technology I can learn and how to perfect my craft.