This was the best thing that could have happened to me at that
time, as not only did I find a mentor but also a lifelong friend.
During my first year of university, I worked as a
receptionist at a local mixed dental practice. It made me aware of the issues
regarding access to dental care in the South West, something that I had
mentioned in my interviews.
My time as a Biomedical Science student gave me
a great opportunity to explore Plymouth and solidified my decision to study
dentistry at the Peninsula Dental School.
Through University events, I encountered dental
students who gave me insight into the course structure and what to expect as a
That summer, I also volunteered at a local
dental practice in India. This was a valuable experience, as I got to compare
and contrast the dental care and issues in the Western world with those in a
In my panel interview, I was able to talk about my
experience and my journey towards achieving my goal of being a dentist.
I am so fortunate to be a part of the Peninsula
Dental School, as early clinical exposure has made me more confident in
I enjoy the dental school’s focus on problem-based learning
rather than conventional lectures. Support is also not only available from the
staff but from fellow students, which has made my journey worthwhile so far.
As for the future, my volunteering experience in
India, where I witnessed health inequalities, has had a great impact on me. So,
upon qualifying as a dental professional, I would like to spend some time volunteering
in socio-economically disadvantaged countries.