In the spirit of Thanksgiving this month of November I thought it would be fitting to write about what I’m thankful for in dental school. And what I’m most thankful for and what has struck me the most since I started school, is the community here at CU.
Starting school last year was a bit intimidating, trying to get in the flow of an unfamiliar school and routine. I still remember the upperclassmen those first few weeks who went out of their way to introduce themselves, make us feel welcome, and show us the ropes.
As school has gone on, I continue to be really inspired by the generosity of people here. Some students are amazing in the organizations that they’re involved in, how they give their time even with an extremely busy school schedule, to set up events for other students and the community. Others are amazing in how they help in less noticed ways, like taking an extra moment to ask how you’re doing or being there to help if you need it.
I can’t count the number of times over the past year that someone in school has seen me fumbling with a waxing or lab project, and have sat down with me, even if it’s 10pm on a Friday night, to give me some tips (or to just sit with me and laugh about how frustrating school can be). There’s the many lunch and learns and mock practicals put on by upperclassmen and classmates in their spare time to help others with school. There’s the faculty who spend their lunch break or after school tutoring, and those people in class who never forget to buy everyone Valentines or Halloween candy. There’s the numerous times someone has offered me their last fresh plastic tooth or #330 burr to practice with in Sim Lab.
There have been a lot of really cool experiences in dental school so far, from Anatomy Cadaver Lab to learning how to drill an ideal Class V preparation. But really when I go home and people ask me how I like dental school, I end up telling them I love the community at school. It’s what’s made dental school so fun, and what’s helped to keep my head above water during the challenging times. I truly have been touched and inspired by the generosity here.
Mallory Mayeda is a second year dental student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She grew up in Golden, Colorado and went to college at the University of Denver. She enjoys most things including musicals, Italian food, and traveling, but most of all being outside.