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 dental student.
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 developing country.
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 treating patients.
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.