Just Do It but how?

I’ve seen Nike’s, Just Do It ,logo for years and would associate it with working out. Stop complaining , put on their clothes , and just do it . Seems simple enough but when I started hearing this same phrase applied to other areas in my life , I ask how?nike_just_do_it_wallpaper_smoke___paintball_effect_by_ryanr08-d4h54qcRecently I’ve been getting the same response everywhere including podcasts I’ve listened to but until yesterday I believe I finally have my ‘but how?’ question answered.

According to Think and Grow Rich Chick , she came up with 5 ways for making goals do-able , so I’ll just paraphrase what I’ve learned.

  • Goal setting requires a deadline and commitment

-Make sure your goals aren’t wishes . Create realistic deadlines

  • Believe it’s possible!

– Eliminate any doubts that may enter your mind

  • Find your ‘rabbit’

– Think & Grow Chick used the example of track and field when the person running the fastest (rabbit) is closely followed by the 2nd place runner. The ‘rabbit’ is the one setting the trend.

-Whatever is your goal there is someone that already achieved it so instead of being jealous take note of what they do . Being consistent is key!

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  • Find Puzzle pieces

– Break down your goal to 5-10 things and find out what it takes for each puzzle piece

-Choose what you can work on at the moment and continue everyday

 

 

The heart of a volunteer

I can now say I really enjoy volunteering . Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t always have a heart for it but my thinking  changed and I now have an appreciation to give . At first the thought of volunteering was more of a task than a genuine service. In college , as most of you may know, you have to get service hours as a part of graduation requirements. Well , I did but it was mostly buying canned goods for shelter homes because I wanted the weekend to myself.. lol smh. After graduating I started volunteering with dental clinics to get hours and because I love the dental environment.

My first volunteer position was to carry a spit bucket from station to station , eww is right. The suctioning dental assistants do in people’s mouths has to go somewhere and where there’s volunteer clinics  you’ll find pre dentals emptying those nasty bottles . Another time I helped sterilize the dental instruments. One Saturday , as I was giving dental bags to people, a patient started crying saying, ” Thank you so much , this all means so much to me!”  That’s when my thinking changed. All this time I didn’t think I was doing much.

I wasn’t the hygienist that cleaned teeth , not the dentist that alleviated pain , and not the techs that’s creating the dentures . I’m simply me and the patient says ‘thank you’ .  This inspired me 100 percent and it seems after my thinking shifted the volunteer positions changed as well. I know its like a first come first serve with the positions at the clinic but I was able to assist the dentist and chart teeth ( which is a big deal for me because I’m not certified ..hee hee).

I had similar moments volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and a local christian radio station where God was /continues to show me how to serve. Ephesians 6:7 states ,’Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people’. It has become one of my favorite encouraging scriptures to recite especially in the workplace .

No matter how big or small your service may seem or to be in a place where you feel useless know that God recognizes not only the quality of your work but your heart as well! 🙂

Facing the DAT: Take 1

I knew once I made the decision to become a dentist I also accepted the path God created for me. The courses I took in college felt like  boxing matches ..I gave it my all but there were some fights I left without having victory so I already knew within myself I needed some rematches. As time passed, my self esteem grew as I became inspired from networking and it was at that moment I said to myself “I’m going to take the DAT”.

Now in order to become a dentist , like any other career , there’s a process. It’s something like the following: HS >College>DAT>Dental School. So I got my test preps together ( most were free from networking with other students and the people I knew from college) and I created a study schedule to go by for those months.

After getting my dental application complete (recommendation letters, transcripts, $$$$,personal statement, etc) it was finally time to  face the Dental Admissions Test, better known as the DAT. The DAT is a 5 hr test taken over the computer made of a variety of subjects from natural sciences to perceptual ability test (viewing 3d shapes). All of this is required to show how committed you are to dentistry.

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I remembered waking up hours before the test to have breakfast and look over notes. I kept praying for God to lessen my test anxiety and to help me with the test. When I arrived at the testing center I saw other students putting away their things in the assigned lockers. I sensed all types of emotions but I tried to remain focus.

As I started my test my mind literally went – blank-. I became distracted as fear crept into my mind paralyzing my thoughts. I became frustrated because of the money I wasted and the score I knew I wasn’t going to get at that time.

TN-26439_iNSIDETESTCENTER35..4..3..2..1.. My computer screen says I’m done. “noooo!!!” I screamed to myself. I sat at my seat for a moment holding back tears and the feeling of defeat then I stood up and walked slowly over  to the lady that printed test scores.  My scores were awful and I knew schools would not consider me . Understanding this much allowed me to come up with the idea of just wanting to go home in my bed and cry for at least 2 hours.

illustration-cartoon-vector-of-a-white-man-holding-a-birthday-cake-and-balloons-by-bnp-design-studio-365However, my fiancé changed my plans rather quickly by surprising me with my favorite cupcakes and balloons. He said no matter what was the outcome he was still proud of me . I contacted the admission committee from each school with my scores and I kid you not it was like they were waiting on my email because their response was less than 5 mins apart. I did not get in but received a lot of advice that would help me for the next cycle until then this is what I learned from taking the DAT::

  • Retake the classes necessary in order to have a strong foundation for the DAT as well as show the dental committee I can handle their course load
  • Continue volunteering
  • Stay consistent with  studying so I will remain confident once its time to take the test.
  • Keep a support system
  • Never give up

Keep an eye out for Facing The DAT : Take 2 very soon but until then I hope my experience will help you as you take tests or face other obstacles in life 🙂

 

Dental Office matchmaker

Once the thought formed in my mind creating the vision then traveled to my mouth to say “I want to become a dentist” , I knew from that point I would be in for a treat.  You have to prove how serious you are in becoming a dentist through your test scores, grades,  involvement throughout the community including shadowing dentists.

Shadowing/observing dentists not only shows how committed you are in the dental field but it helps in knowing more about yourself  and if you could really see yourself in that career. I actually enjoy shadowing , it allows me to observe how dentists interact with patients of all types of personalities . I get better insight on some of the dental procedures, when dentists recommend surgery or some kind of procedure its not to get your $$….

thM39E83HSIts actually because they see things we’re not able to see with our own eyes . On the other hand , I went to some dental offices to shadow and I felt like I was in the way.

thZ95ZY5G3This is how I feel sometimes when I arrive in offices where there’s about twenty dental assistants and hygienists . Something simple as observing how dental offices are managed can be overwhelming at times . Constantly saying excuse me , asking patients for permission to observe their procedure , dental staff all of sudden  invisible (in the ’employees only’ break room) , and you’re left standing like a lost child at an airport . Can’t find the dentist because they are running from room to room and closes their office door to make certain you don’t interrupt their moment of silence..  did I mention how much I like shadowing?

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It was not until I found my dental office match made in heaven ! It was a pediatric office and from experience with other kid dental offices this one was perfect in my eyes. The dentist kept the same amount of energy throughout speaking with her staff , children, and their parents.It was a decent number for the dental staff but I didn’t feel out of place or didn’t belong , it was just peaceful. I love being hands on so I appreciated the invitation to assist in keeping some of the children calm . I think if more dental offices had this type of atmosphere and not mayhem maybe the number of those that fear dentists would be less to none :-). 

 

Why dentistry?

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“Why do you want to become a dentist?” Honestly, when I struggled academically in college , being nervous speaking in front of people, and other obstacles I ask myself the same thing. As I tried to research other careers I found that it was a waste of time because my passion was in dentistry.  Being in a single parent home where finances were limited,  going to the dentist wasn’t a priority  nor were we educated on how important it was to maintain healthy teeth and gums. I had a lot of insecurities growing up and it eventually affected the way I smiled. I was able to get braces for a short period but due to finances I had to get them off sooner than expected.   One day my mom and I went to a big dental clinic where hundreds of us stood in line waiting to be examined by health professionals including dentists. Hours later , they announced “NO MORE PATIENTS!” This was because there wasn’t enough dentists. After those experiences , it motivated me to learn more about dentistry and how I can make a difference. As I continue to volunteer and gain insight in the dental arena , I learn there are hundreds of people like me. By God’s will , my desire is to educate people on the importance of having a healthy mouth and how it affects their overall health. Also , to help build one’s confidence by improving their smile . This won’t be easy but I’m determined to help someone through my journey .

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