What are your future career aspirations?
I aspire to practice general dentistry, but would definitely be open to specializing if I find something really interesting in grad school. I really enjoy the atmosphere of private practices, so I would love to be a part of a small practice with a few other dentists. Also, once I have finished school and have been in the field, I think it would be really interesting to conduct career based research and look into how dentists can more directly apply the principles learned in school to patients. It’s hard to pin point exactly what I would be interested in researching during my career at this point in my life, but I know I am interested in preventative techniques and materials. Also, the relationship between technology and dentistry would be a very applicable research topic as technology is becoming much more heavily used in the field.
How has your academic experience at St. Thomas shaped those aspirations?
My research has definitely shaped my career aspirations because I have been able to figure out what a career in research could really look like. I have learned how to successfully conduct a research study and have performed each step, making me much more prepared and likely to conduct my own research in my future career. Also, my classes related to the medical field have helped me to learn basic physiological principles that are necessary and applicable to any health profession.