Pre-Health Focus: Pre-dental
Major: Business Management & HR - Management Emphasis
Minor: Pre-Health Professions Studies
Hometown: Hamilton, Montana
Hobbies/Extracurricular Activities: I love spending time with my friends, which can lead to all kinds of different activities-- I love variety! I think my top three hobbies would be playing video games, playing music/learning new instruments, and cooking new recipes. I'm also president of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, which brings its own share of fun and new experiences.
Initial Interest:I first became interested in dentistry back in high school when my class did a research project on future careers. My grandpa was a dentist, but I hadn't really considered it as a career option myself until I worked on that project. As I learned more I became really interested in the field, and I pocketed the idea for later. Once I came to the U of I, I pursued the possibility a lot more actively. After lots of deliberation and researching my options, I ended up coming back to dentistry!
Experience Highlights: Shadowing at a dental practice for at least 50 hours is a pretty basic requirement for most dental schools, so I have spent plenty of time observing dentists at work. I think the culmination of all of those hours was really valuable, because it showed me a lot of different aspects of running a practice, as well as understanding that different people are going to operate things in different ways. I loved getting the chance to picture myself in those settings. Seeing how different dentists ran their practices was really valuable because I got the chance to key in on what strategies I would want to incorporate into my own practice.
The other experience that really cemented my interest in my chosen field would have to be meeting two dentists who were on the way home from a medical mission trip. I was seated next to them on a long flight, so I got to hear all about their trip. It sounded like such an adventure, and they had improved so many people's lives in such a short time! After that I was sure that I wasn't just going after some job, but a rewarding career that I could see myself in for the long run.
Advice for new Pre-Health Students: Learn about your options early! There are a lot of different opportunities for someone interested in a health career. The earlier you get a grasp of your options, the sooner you can make an informed decision and pick a direction to pursue. Find out the individual characteristics of different health fields, and look for what interests/suits you. Of course, it's always okay if you change your mind later, but having some kind of direction makes
Also-- go shadow someone in a health field. Like right now. If it feels like you're inconveniencing them, just remember that they were in your shoes once. It can never hurt to ask! Observing is a fantastic way to see what a job is like on a real, day-to-day basis, and a great chance to think about whether or not you could do it as a career.