Hannah began attending the UCLA Dental School in Fall 2013. Hannah grew up in Boise, Idaho where she spent much of her childhood camping and fishing in the outdoors. In high school, she wasn’t sure which career path she wanted to take but she knew she wanted to create things. When she got the chance to observe a dentist, she realized that skills in dentistry are similar to those in drawing or playing an instrument-- they both require attention to detail and creativity. After job shadowing with several local dentists, she realized that dentistry was a good fit for her.
When Hannah enrolled at the University of Idaho, she chose to study microbiology based on her interest in disease pathology, its dental relevancy, and the tight-knit, knowledgeable faculty. She believes the caring and helpful nature of the MMBB faculty contributed greatly to her success and growth as an undergraduate student.
Although Hannah spent much time at the UI studying and doing research, she also exercised her right brain by participating in saxophone quartet, concert band, and Latin dance. In addition, she was involved in student leadership groups such as Agricultural and Life Sciences Ambassadors, Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society, and Chemistry Club. She even had the opportunity to volunteer as an extraction assistant at the Snake River Community Clinic in Lewiston, ID.
Her advice to future pre-dents and other pre-professionals?
“Understand that while grades are important, they are simply one factor in this whole crazy process. In addition to learning, make sure you get involved in activities you find enjoyable, make time for things you love, and network to improve your people skills. Find leadership positions and go for them. You are going to be working with people for the rest of your life, and you want to be able to prove these skills to admissions committees. Finally, be sure to have fun! Although it is stressful process, don’t sweat the small stuff. If you love what you are doing and are passionate, things will fall together”.