Class of 2026
Helping others has always been a massive driving force in my life and the field of dentistry allows me to do this every day. Becoming the first doctor in my family has also been a goal I have wanted to pursue since I was a kid. As a biracial individual, I saw a surprising lack of diversity in the field. I was inspired to improve minority representation on the individual patient level and on a larger scale by mentoring youth in my surrounding communities to further diversity within the profession.
I have wanted to be a dentist since I was 8 years old. I had such great experiences at the dentist when I was a child, and I want to provide the same level of care to my patients. I want to change the perception of dentistry and the fear surrounding dental treatment. I also want to serve my community and provide care to a diverse population of patients not only locally, but also globally.
Class of 2025
Dentistry is a career that is both rewarding and challenging, and each day will be filled with something new and exciting. I am also looking forward to building relationships with my patients and co-workers!
As cliché as it sounds, I have always known I’ve wanted to be a dentist. My dad is a dentist and owns a private practice. I grew up running around the hallways of his office, and I never understood why people feared the dentist. I love the blend of artistry and science while building long-lasting relationships with your patients.
I wanted to become a dentist because of the compassion and care I have received throughout my life through this field. Growing up in Rwanda, there weren't many dentists so dental care was often reserved for emergencies. After moving to the US, it played a major role in my life by improving my quality of life and in return I want to be able to give back to my community through it and build lifelong relationships with the people I meet.
Class of 2024
Growing up, my family didn’t have access to quality dental care and my first dental experiences weren’t positive ones. This helped drive my desire to become a dentist and I hope that I can help and educate families.
I wanted to become a dentist because of the effect that dentistry had on me when I was growing up. Watching my smile and teeth transform was very intriguing and satisfying to me as an adolescent. I went through many procedures and traumas that struck my interest, and they ultimately led me to make the decision to achieve my dream of choosing a career in the dental field.
As one of the largest public dental colleges in the United States, Ohio State offers broad and unique opportunities for hygiene students. The highly regarded program provides a dynamic, evidence-based learning experience, led by renowned faculty in diverse environments. Specifically, the advantage and opportunity of working with pre-doctoral students and residents in one comprehensive, progressive dental college topped my list of reasons why Ohio State's dental hygiene program was a good fit for receiving my hygiene degree.
Growing up in Ohio, I knew The Ohio State University College of Dentistry would prove to be home. Not only does the college provide excellent hands-on experience, but it also provides small class sizes to get more guidance from instructors. Nothing compares to the positive environment and kindhearted faculty here at the university!
Being from Columbus, all you hear about is the prestigious education you receive at The Ohio State University. My dentist attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, where she spoke so highly of the program and expressed a great appreciation for her learning experience. I knew that I would receive a wonderful education here and I was excited to return home for dental school. During my interview, all the Ohio State students talked about how great the program was and how much they all enjoyed being here.