A day in their scrubs
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Undergrad institution: Texas A&M University
Why Texas A&M College of Dentistry: My childhood dentist and Baylor College of Dentistry alumnus, Dr. Tommy Harrison, told me during shadowing, “Your favorite dental school is the one you get into.” I always liked the simplicity and truth in that advice, especially when Texas A&M College of Dentistry was the only school that sent me an acceptance letter. Needless to say, I’m very grateful for my opportunity to attend here, and after two years, I couldn’t be happier.
Dental school success strategy: Balancing life in school and life outside of school is always mentioned as a way to maintain sanity and achieve success. It helps me approach dental school one day at a time. However good or bad yesterday was, it’s always on to the next one. Even more important to me is investing in my relationship with God, my family and my close friends. Sometimes it’s hard to find energy for anything outside of studying, but life doesn’t wait for you to finish school. So I don’t sacrifice giving up time with those who matter most.
Favorite energy food: Raising Cane’s and frozen pizza constitute the majority of my diet. I’m only human.
How you unwind after a long day in lecture, lab or clinic: When I need to relieve stress, I’m either going for a run or vegging out on Netflix. There is no in between.
Best dental school moment so far: The best dental school moment so far was getting back on campus and seeing my peers after months of online learning during quarantine. I disliked being completely online. How could you possibly become a dentist if you don’t get your Sim Lab practice in the basement? Big thanks to all the hard work by faculty and staff to get us back on campus.
Favorite patient care experience: As D2s, we haven’t spent a whole lot of time in clinic, but a few weeks ago I was in clinical rotation when a D3 in the chair behind me was conducting a jaw-relations appointment. I must have heard the patient say “Emma” no fewer than 50 times. It’s not a life-altering experience, but I thought it was humorous and encouraging as D2s prepare for clinic this summer.
Goal after graduation: Immediately after graduation, I will owe some time serving as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force. My long-term goal is to work in private practice and develop a strong relationship with the community in which I practice.
What people may not know about you: During undergrad, I worked on a ranch in northern New Mexico where parts of “Lonesome Dove” were filmed. Props to any students my age who have seen it.