A Look Back – ASDA Leadership

What was one of your worst days in school/SIM/clinic that you’re able to laugh about now?

“One day in sim, we were working on natural molars that required us to mount it in our typodonts in the correct position. Of course, I accidentally mounted my molar backwards. I remember feeling embarrassed, especially when my bench faculty had realized my silly mistake. Thankfully, the teeth we work on now are already “mounted” in the patient correctly!” – Rachel Bryant

“As a D1, dental school has been great so far! I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by so many people that are also following their dreams.” – Sophia Taghavi

“First day of drilling, couldn’t do it. But it soon got much easier.” – Carl Prince

“Our first day making provisionals for a #7 emax crown prep and finally making a good one after 16 attempts and many tears later.” – Maileen Phoeung

“When we started using indirect vision for maxillary class I preps on #14, HA HA HA, those were not pretty at first. And definitely made me feel a little cross-eyed. ” – Siri Vasireddy

“The day we made stone models first year was probably my worst day in sim. My first model had bubbles so I had to redo it, then on my next one I chipped the front teeth with the grinding wheel, so I did a third one. Once I finished my third one, I asked an instructor for help separating it and it got cracked in half. Then when I was about to start on a fourth try a different instructor told me it would be fine to just super glue the model back together since it was a clean break, and then he added “your first model is fine for the purpose of this activity.” By this time the day was over so I went home, vented to my mom and slept until the next day. The good thing that came from it was now I have enough models to work with for multiple projects! And I got a ton of practice.” – Mikaela Weedman

“Our first day drilling in SIM. I remember feeling like it was so foreign and that I would never be able to accomplish a prep. Looking back on it now, all of the frustration was a part of the process.” – Amanda Tran

“I thoroughly enjoy school, I have not really had any bad days yet. Just tired days.” – Kari Zins

Wellness Wednesday – ASDA Leadership

It is Wellness Wednesday here at Midwestern-AZ! One aspect of Be Well ASDA is take care of ourselves and our bodies! Check out the different ways Midwestern ASDA Leadership members stay healthy during dental school!

What is your favorite recipe?

“Strawberry Banana Smoothie: 2 cups fresh strawberries, 1 fresh peeled banana, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup ice, 1 tablespoon honey, ½ cup non-salted almonds (if you want a little bit of a crunch!)”

“Salad Shirazi (Persian Cucumber & Tomato Salad)”

“Whole wheat turkey sandwich with spinach and tomatoes”

“Anything with avocado”

“Banana protein pancakes”

“Tandoori chicken drumsticks”

“My favorite healthy recipe is quinoa stuffed bell peppers. Just mix quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and taco seasoning and stuff it inside of some bell peppers.”

“Pesto Salmon”

“I’m boring, I eat a lot of chicken, brown rice and veggies.”

“Tabouli Salad”

“Tomato and cucumber salad”

What is your favorite way to exercise?

“Running or walking my dog Scout”

“Hiking and dancing”


“Sunset hikes on Thunderbird Mountain!”

“LEGS. squats, deadlifts, laying down on the yoga mat pretending to stretch”

“Yoga & strength training”

“I like to go to the gym and lift weights and I also like to hike for cardio.”

“Any class like a Zumba or yoga class”

“Soccer is always my favorite way to workout.”


“Hiking and snowboarding”

#BeUtahful – Aditi Desai, ASDA District 10 Trustee, Roseman ’21

You will find two types of people in Utah. One who would claim there isn’t much to do in Utah, and other who would say there is so much to do in Utah! It all comes down to what type of person you are. Do you like to party like you are in Vegas every weekend? Or are you an adventurous outdoor person?  If you are the latter, then you can never be bored in Utah! Utah is the perfect place to live if you love outdoor adventures such as camping, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, mining, swimming, snowboarding and more. Any type of outdoor activity you can think of, can be done in Utah!

After moving to Utah, I was surprised by the amount of time it took me to get acclimatized to the altitude. Having grown up on flat terrain in Ontario, Canada where running a mile was no large feat, here I found myself huffing and puffing after running just 100 yards. I didn’t feel alone when I found out that this was a common phenomenon for others who made a similar geographical change.  Overtime my lung capacity and stamina increased, and I’m grateful for the experience of getting to live in such a beautiful state. 

Utah is a unique state as it has mountains, lake, hot springs, caves, snow and desert! It is very common to see students in Utah go hiking or skiing/snowboarding weekly. There is so much to do and see here that even if you went hiking every weekend to a new location for a year, you would still not be close to experiencing all the different hikes and views. If you have Instagram, you should check out this popular trending hashtag #BeUTAHful and see all the beautiful pictures of Utah. So far, I have had the opportunity to visit 2 out of 5 National Parks. My goal before I leave Utah is to go from a beginner skier to an expert level skier and complete all the hard level hikes at all the National Parks of Utah. 

So for anyone planning to visit Utah, here is what I recommend according to the season.

Best activity: Visit Arches or Bryce Canyon or Salt Flats (Best time for photography after a good rain fall)
Favorite Hike:

Best activity: Homestead crater or camping in Lake Powell (Don’t forget to stargaze at night!)

Best activity: Visit Zion
Favorite Hike: (Can not pick one) Angel’s landing but all the way to the peak, The Narrows (don’t forget to rent out warm pants and boots)

Best activity: Skiing or Snowboarding or Horseshoeing in Park City or attend Sundance Festival (this year I had a chance to see Mindy Kaling in passing!)

Honestly, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like or what season it is, you will always be able to see something beautiful in Utah! I am very lucky that I am able to spend 4 years here and I am excited to see what else Utah has to offer!

-Adita Desai, ASDA District 10 Trustee, Roseman ’21