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NLC Experience as the DS1 Essay Scholarship Winner

12028746_525042934317332_2280680843332817981_o As a student of the Dental Medicine program of Colorado, I was lucky to have been chosen to attend the National ASDA Leadership Conference in Chicago. I had never even heard of ASDA before entering dental school, and was honestly apprehensive of the passion and excitement many showed for this organization. As an undergraduate, I was apart of the Biology and Chemistry club, but they were never the most exciting parts of my undergraduate career. I was really mostly excited to see Chicago, which was about to change.

Before attending, I had written a paper on the word “leadership” and what it meant to me; this put me in the running to be fully funded to Chicago NLC. I was then informed that my essay was chosen, and I was lucky enough to be fully funded. I was so ecstatic, but had no idea what to expect. With my anatomy exams the following week, I was worried that attending NLC would take away invaluable study time.

Nevertheless, I attended NLC and can truly say I regret nothing. I arrived at the gorgeous Hilton Chicago and I was in awe. I attended the sessions and it was so exciting to see so many dental students from so many places in one room. These people were like me, and all were hungry for knowledge of the career they are pursuing.

Sessions I attended included mostly post-grad options and ways to be smart financially while owning a business. While I still have a while until I have to worry about these things, it’s never too early to start having a plan. As a first year dental student, I think a lot of us lose sight of the reason why we’re here; many of our beginning classes have nothing to do with dentistry. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day tests and studying that sometimes it becomes the question “why am I doing this”, rather than “I’m so excited I made the right career decision”.

NLC brought back the motivation I came into this semester with, fresh out of being accepted into dental school. I’ve heard many times that these conferences “aren’t for first years,” when ASDA NLC has so much for first year students. The great thing about this conference is that students of ALL CLASSES can take home information on study strategies, residencies, practices, budgeting, and so much more!

As if all of this information wasn’t good enough, I was able to attend  so many events to interact with other dental students from in and out of our district. Hearing that another student 2,000 miles away was going through the same worries and fears as me was comforting. I was also able to bond with my own classmates, reassuring each other that our missed study weekend was worth it.

Chicago NLC was one of the most fun, informational, and motivational trip I have ever attended.  I would recommend ANY dental student that has a desire to be successful to attend next year. I may have missed a weekend of studying (which ended up not mattering because I did great on my exams), but I gained a an endless amount of knowledge about dentistry and becoming a business owner.

Thank you ASDA!

Thrush Week Recap

The Amalgames Group

We know it has been a couple of weeks, but we just wanted to say a HUGE thank you everyone who participated in our first ever Thrush Week! For those of you who weren't able to participate, here is what happened:

Monday: Meet and Greet

Monday: Meet and Greet

We had an awesome turnout at our first Thrush Week event: the Team Meet and Greet. Participants were placed into teams and were able to come up with a team name. From there it was just chillin' with some great food, great fun, and great ASDA.

Tuesday: Dental School Selfie Competition

Dental School Selfie Competition WinnersDental School Selfie Competition Winners

Tuesday we got some awesome submissions for the Dental School Selfie Competition. The Molar Mashers and Top Gunnerz were declared the winners for their creativity!

Wednesday: Lunchtime Sports

Wednesday we got some sports equipment set up for everybody to relieve some stress during lunch.

Thursday: Dental Joke Contest

No Pulp?!

Thursday's Dental Joke Contest brought a ton of laughs and earned The Ross Conners and Team Awesome some extra diamonds for their team.

Friday: Initiaion Lunch and Learn

Initiation Lunch and Learn

We had a HUGE turn out for the ASDA Initiation Lunch and Learn. The Class of 2018 chowed down on Papa John's pizza while they were properly introduced to Colorado ASDA and the possibilities that can come from membership.

Saturday: The Amalgames

The Crowned Knight Guards of Anschutz

Thrush Week ended with a bang as teams gathered together to compete in the Amalgames. Team Whale Squid came out victorious and was awarded the Cup of Carabelli and named the Crowned Knight Guards of Anschutz.

All in all it was a great week. Thanks again for everyone that participated. We'll see you all next year for another amazing Thrush Week! And once again, Welcome Class of 2018!

~Kyle Luis Larsen, Class of 2017, Colorado ASDA President-Elect