Accomplished professor and dentist, Dr. Bradley Henson, connected with a room full of teens recently during his talk at the dental camp put on by Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine. He struck a cord with the students by relaying a story from his own teenage years when he read a pamphlet on how to become a dentist, during a visit to his own dentist's office. The pamphlet, he explained, stressed the importance of maintaining a 3.5 GPA in school and he worked really, really hard to make sure he met that standard. He motivated and encouraged the students while speaking at a level and pace they could understand. His presentation ended with a slide entitled: YOU CAN DO IT!
Alex, an 8th grade student from El Roble Middle School, heard about the dental camp through his Native American organization site. This was his first time being exposed to the medical field. He wishes to be the first in his family to pursue a higher education and be successful. He shared with us how this experience has helped him to think more about what he wants to be in the future and that healthcare is an option for him. Alex said he would recommend this dental camp to his friends, as it was an enriching experience for him.
Melanie, a 7th grader from Simons Middle School, she shared how excited she was to have this type of hands-on experience. Melanie stayed really focused during the prepare and restore workshop. She smiled at alot and shared how much fun she was having doing the filling for the tooth. She is now seriously considering going into the field of dentistry!
While not every student who attended dental camp was certain about pursuing the field, the all agreed that the experience opened their eyes to the possibilities and the great food was a bonus!