UConn School of Dental Medicine, Class of 2012
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and attended boarding school in Apopka, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, Florida. In 2008, I graduated from Oakwood University in Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in biology. My short-term goal is to graduate from dental school and serve in the greater Hartford communities providing a stabilizing influence in turbulent times. My long-term goals are two-fold: to continue to work to reduce the health disparities facing the uninsured and underinsured; and to provide a positive role model for those underrepresented in the health professions.
UST goals are consistent with my objectives and core values. It offers a means to work to make a difference, and provides invaluable resources otherwise unobtainable in a formal educational setting. In addition, it allows me to reinvest in the community as I train for my calling. During high school and college, I participated in many outreach experiences, primarily building schools and community centers in such countries as Costa Rica and India. My experiences in outreach have helped to shape my career goals. Compassion, light-heartedness, and empathy are the character traits that I bring to UST.