Plymouth chose me
I want to be a dentist. I will be a dentist.
Since sixth form I’ve known where I want to go. But the journey there hasn’t been plain sailing.
I applied to dental schools around the country and did not get in anywhere.
Thanks to an intensive summer of work experience in Year 12, I already knew what I didn’t want to do. Roles in a laboratory, as well as one in acute care, allowed me to test the water, and I found our these fields were not for me.
I tripled my efforts on a gap year to ensure I would be accepted next time I applied. I completed my apprenticeship as a dental nurse, which gave me experience of practice and patients, the cost of tools and materials, too.
During this year, a friend recommended Plymouth. I didn’t know anything about Plymouth or really where it was. But I checked it out and applied.
Circumstances made me choose Plymouth, but in a way, I feel Plymouth actually chose me. The University saw something in me and I won a place on the BDS Dental Surgery programme – they believed in me from the start.
From my interview, to my first few days, all the way to completing Year 3, I have felt valued and respected. They are really down to earth. They want to make you the best dentist and the best person behind the uniform.
Becoming a dentist is about the clinical and technical side of things. It is also about growing as a person – my confidence, my communication skills – half of it is managing yourself. The other half is managing your patients. Plymouth helps us get ready for this.