End of the Year Reflections – Class of 2021

The end of the academic school year marks a period of transition. It is a great time to take the lessons we were fortunate enough to learn and look ahead for the upcoming year. Below are some end of the year reflections from the Midwestern-Arizona Dental Class of 2021. 

“There is getting all As in classes …and then there is mental and emotional health. I choose the latter” – Stewart Glines ‘21

“I have learned that when I am stressed, it helps to ask myself if it will matter in a year, 5 years, or 10 years. If it won’t, then try to let it go. Put things in perspective” – Rachel Bryant ‘21

“Although dental school can be very demanding of your time and energy, don’t forget to take breaks and live your lives. If you have a family here with you, make sure you spend as much quality time with them as possible. Loved ones make all your hard work worth it” – Andy Nguyen ‘21

“Have a good cry every once in a while” – Ashton Tracey ‘21

“The most important lessons are learned when we don’t expect them. Ever since I began my journey into dental school, I have caught myself focusing on the end product rather than trusting the process whether it be finishing a project or graduation. I’ve learned that it’s important to appreciate little moments and steps that will help me reach my end goal. By doing so I have learned much more than I ever would have through dental school alone. Appreciate where you are in your journey because it will ultimately lead you to your final destination” – Felicia Desai ‘21

“Don’t stress about this year, no matter what you’ll make it through” – Steven Melter ‘21

“Don’t be afraid to push yourself further than you’re comfortable with and you’ll be surprised to see how much you’re truly capable of (except with adjacent teeth…don’t push it that far)” – Kyle Mow ‘21

“Happiness is a route, not a destination. It’s important to stay calm through the struggle, show people love, and smile” – Thomas Kovas ‘21

“This year I learned that it’s possible to balance school, work, and personal life if you stay focused and organized.” – Lisa Do ‘21

“When things get stressful in dental school, just remember how amazing it is that you have made it this far. Your past self worked hard to get you here, and you owe it to yourself and everyone who has helped you along the way to enjoy your experience. Take time to enjoy pursuing your dream” -Kayla Keppler ‘21

“Take care of yourself spiritually, physically and mentally. From there on out the sky is the limit” – Khadija Nafi ‘21

“It took me a quarter century to learn this, but the most important thing is to be kind and compassionate to yourself. Your inner world radiates to those around you” – Judy Nguyen ‘21

“Take it like a champ” – Jose Estrada ‘21 

“This year I learned that when your life throws more at you than you thought you could handle, it’s natural to become too absorbed in the daily details. It’s like when you focus on one wall of your prep while losing sight of the bigger procedure. It’s so important to regularly step back, take an honest inventory, and ask yourself if your actions still fit your most fundamental priorities” – Justin Stanford ‘21

“Remember to make time for the people who bring joy to your life” – Christy Redmond ‘21

“Highly recommend getting a dog or some other animal during dental school! Such an amazing stress reliever for me” – Amber Downing ‘21

That’s a wrap, Class of 2021. See you next year! 

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