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A Masquerade

A couple of weeks ago the dental school held an event called “A Dent in Diversity.” The event hosted minority dentists from the community.  The focus was to encourage these dentists to donate money to a scholarship that would allow for more minority students to attend OSU’s dental school.

Enough about why the event was held; more importantly, it was a MASQUERADE!! How much fun is that? Brilliant theme.  Loved it.

The Mask


Masks + People

Jess and I


Its official, masquerades are my favorite kind of themed party. I proudly wore my mask for most of the night and I discovered  that I kind of wish I could wear it regularly, as if it were an accessory to an outfit. That’d be a fabulous fashion statement.


November 7, 2009 at 11:28 PM 1 comment

Words of Encouragement

Dear Self,

Tomorrow is the beginning of a very important academic year.  This year will play an important role in determining your future.  You cannot will not mess up this year. There will be stressful times, yes – but you should just expect that by now.  Remember not to let the stress take over.  Don’t let the importance of this year wig you out, just do what you always do.  I know of a lot a few things you should do differently this year: 1) Use the pre-view/review study technique that you learned in orientation.  It sounds like a tedious useful study technique. 2) Stay on top of studying, starting tomorrow.  You know how awesome sucky the quarter system is and how easy it is to get behind, so just don’t let it happen. 3) Start studying for exams the night before early. This will probably help reduce the stress levels.

You already knew all of that though… so just stay focused and keep your game face on.  I think know that the only way you’re going to get through this year without loosing your mind is to remember that it’s not all about school.  Remember to stress out have a good time and let loose sometimes regularly.  You have so many awesome and supportive people around you, so abuse use them.  Allow them to be your stress relief and have them bring you back to a happy place – far, far away from school. Life is sometimes not only about school, please just remember to take time for yourself and for your friends and family.

You can totally do this.  You’re going to be a rock star.

Your one and only self.

September 22, 2009 at 8:20 PM 2 comments

Picnic of H.O.P.E.

Today, the College of Dentistry at OSU participated in an event titled Picnic of H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach Programs & Events)

Myself, along with a few of the other students in my program volunteered to participate in this community service event.  Talk about a rewarding experience, I feel so blessed and thankful to have had this opportunity. Various organizations across the city of Columbus came together to provide services to the homeless people. Services included: hair washing and cuts, manicures and pedicures, medical services, dental services, tons of food, raffle giveaways… and much, much more.

About 1,000 , if not more, homeless people from Columbus attended this event.  I cannot even put into words what I saw.  So, so many homeless people and many of them had smiles on their faces.  They were just so grateful to get a change of clothes, food, and even the medical attention that they have so desperately been needing.

My job was pretty simple, I handed out toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss out to everyone.  We also set individuals up with appointments so that they could see a dentist and get treatment, ASAP.  I think that today, each of our lives were put into perspective.  As students many of us complain about how “poor” we are and how little money we have, but many of us don’t even know what it means to be poor.  As we were helping individuals fill out paperwork, we noticed that one homeless man put his address down as “woods,” another woman said she didn’t have a home and asked if she could leave that portion blank.  Wow, my eyes have been opened.

All I can say is, I am SO blessed and SO thankful.

September 19, 2009 at 8:03 PM 2 comments

Columbus, here we come!

So, a couple of months ago I had my interview for the DENTPATH program at OSU. I’m excited to report that I have been accepted into the program!! I am super nervous excited about having this opportunity.  I am pretty sure that this program was designed just for ME! Here are the details:

– One year long

– Science intensive

– Full scholarship!!!

– Upon successful completion, I get to enter to dental school!

So although entering this program means that I will be in school on year longer than planned, having this opportunity will ensure my success in the future.  After successfully completing the one year of classes, I  believe that I will  have the confidence/knowledge I need to survive the torturous four year path to becoming a dentist.

I think that it’s safe to say that prior to having this interview, I was scared shitless about my future plans. In my eyes, I was a failure and the chance of getting accepted into a program such as this one, let alone denal school, was pretty much impossibile.  I used to spend endless hours trying to come up with a back up plan.  I think that the final back up plan that I decided on was to enter a master’s program and then reapply to dental school.  I hated the idea and it was one of the last things I wanted to do, but what else was I going to do??

At the end of the day, everything worked itself out.  I have no idea how or why, but it did. (Duck, I promise, things will work themselves out for you too…I know it doesn’t seem that way right now, but everything will be okay.)

Although I now know what I will be working towards for the next year … and what state we will be living in, I still feel as though there are so many things left up in the air.  I am trying not to drive myself crazy about the details, as they are much to complicated at the moment.

As for right now, we’ll be moving to OH! IO!

April 5, 2009 at 11:29 PM 5 comments

Interview Questions

So, on Monday, February 23rd I have an interview at Ohio State’s dental school for a program called dentpath.  The program is one year long and it consists of hard core science classes.  Upon successful completion of the one year program I would be admitted into the dental school for the following year.

Since it doesn’t look like I will  be getting into dental school this year, being accepted into this program will be HUGE.  At first, I was not the least bit nervous about the interview, but now that I have received the details and know that it’s only a few days away I’m freaking out a little bit. They emailed me a “list” of possible interview questions…the list is 3 pages long!!! WOW. Beyond the typical questions such as “Why do you want to be a dentist?” There are some pretty interesting questions…

If you were to write a book about your life, what would you title it?
– My Life as a Rock Star

What would you do if you won the lottery today?
– To be honest, I would bribe you with lots of $$$  and demand that I am accepted into dental school.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
– Good question.  I think it would have to be when my future mother in law (at the time) found my bra in the basement and then decided to leave it hanging on the stairs for everyone to see.  I was in shock when I saw it.  Apparently she thought Mina had I had sex in the basement or something, but no.  I just fell asleep down there and took it off in the middle of the night and forgot it down there.  That was fun….

I probably need to work on my answers to these questions…

I know that this is not a positive way to look at things, but if I do not get accepted into this program I will be crushed, to say the least. Either way I will reapply to dental school again next year, but if I don’t have a program to keep me motivated then I am afraid I will loose my focus and I will fear another year of rejection.  So fingers and toes crossed for this one!!!

February 20, 2009 at 3:48 PM 1 comment

I don’t wanna…

It’s going to be such a looooong week and I really just want it to be over.  Did you ever see that movie Click (with Adam Sandler)?  He had this remote that he controlled his life with.  I want one so desperately.  If i had one I would fast forward my life to Friday evening.  Ideally, I would like to fast forward my life to post-dental school, but I can’t be greedy.  I would settle for Friday.

I have one exam down and three more to go and I just don’t wanna study for them anymore!! I have been sitting in the same place since 10 am this morning and I think I am going to loose my mind.  I’ve had multiple distractions throughout the day, but nothing that lasted long enough.

Why do I have to go to school anyways?  I want to become a little house wife! Omg, I can’t even imagine what life would be like.  I could actually do things that I WANT to do…like crochet more often, catch up on movies, read good books, bake ( yumm), take a yoga class, oh oh I could even take a cooking class (how much fun would that be?). None of the above is happening at this point in my life.

Please make it stop.

February 9, 2009 at 5:57 PM 2 comments

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