"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love"- Mother Teresa.
Being a dentist has been my dream since I was in middle school. I was a reserved kid and the idea of going to the orthodontist petrified me. However, my orthodontist made me feel comfortable and my nervousness soon disappeared. I watched him move from chair to chair adjusting braces painlessly, all while telling corny jokes. He made me want to smile more.
Eager to know more, I shadowed my local dentist who taught me that the top priority of a dentist is to make sure that a patient is able to continue with a procedure. There has to be a open communication between a dentist and a patient. Regardless of what work needs to be done on the teeth, a patient and how he or she feels comes first. This experience is what I hope to maintain when I become a dentist. I want a patients experience at a dental office to be pleasant and effective. My observations also showed me the importance of remaining calm and thinking on your feet: As a dentist, a procedure may not go as expected, so it is imperative to pay attention and be ready for anything.
What I love about dentistry the most is that a dentist can get rid of a patient's insecurities about how they look. A dentist wants a patient to smile and be much more confident. I want to be the person who brings that smile.
Currently, a junior at Muhlenberg College, Muhlenberg has given me the opportunity to take one step closer to my life's dreams and goals through the 3-4 Dental Cooperation program with University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry. I know that with hard work, determination and all the resources that the college offers to me, I will be well on my way of attaining my dream profession. I want to serve others in the community and eventually, join organizations such as Dentists without Borders to provide dental care to people from all backgrounds and countries.
I am excited for what the future holds!