Why I chose The Ohio State University College of Dentistry:
I chose the Ohio State college of Dentistry because of location and the environment. I went to Ohio State for my undergraduate degree and since then knew I wanted to live in Columbus for dental school. When I had my interview for the college of dentistry, I could tell that everyone here was there to help you succeed and the classmates seemed to have close friendships.
Why I wanted to become a dentist:
I previously had a career as a perfusionist in open heart surgery and although it was rewarding to be able to be a part of that, I never got to know my patients. I decided to go back to school for dentistry for many reasons including patient interactIon and getting to work with my hands. I observed dentists for awhile before I decided to make the switch and I really liked seeing the relationships the dentists had with their patients and getting to see all the different ways they could help them.
My favorite class in my first semester of dental school is operative dentistry. Even though it is challenging to develop hand skills at the beginning of dental school, it is a great feeling when you do start to develop them and to see your progression throughout the semester.
3 things people should know about me:
- I'm always willing to go for a run
- I love to travel
- I changed careers and didn't start dental school until the age of 28 (tough decision but it was the right one and totally worth it!)
What I enjoy doing outside of dental school:
I like being a part of the running community in Columbus. There are several different social group runs all over and you just show up, run a few miles together and then hang out afterward. I always meet so many new people from all over Columbus and it's always fun.
Best advice for succeeding in dental school:
My best advice is to manage your time as efficiently as possible and to do at least one activity that you enjoy outside of dental school once a week. You're never going to feel like you have enough time, so just balance everything as best as you can and try not to stress or worry about it.
What do you wish you would have known as an incoming D1?
I wish I kept in mind that starting dental school is a big adjustment no matter what background you're coming from. It can be overwhelming at first with the amount of work, the new skills you're learning, and all the new people you're meeting. So I think it's good to realize that it's ok if it takes a couple months to feel adjusted to this new environment.