Earlier this year, we joined Kobe Bryant in bidding farewell to a successful twenty-year professional basketball career with the Los Angeles Lakers. His retirement letter (written as a poem and published by the Players’ Tribune), aptly titled “Dear Basketball,” brought us back to his humble beginnings, shed light on his difficult choice to retire and highlighted his incredible legacy.
Kobe’s journey to retirement holds important lessons for all of us. As future dental professionals, there will come a time when we also have to make the difficult choice to retire. Using Kobe’s journey as an example, here are some key factors that will help direct us to a successful and happy departure from our day jobs.
Since I started dental school, the biggest habit I picked up is being a chronic maximizer. As a first year, I was presented with so many new opportunities that I found myself overwhelmed with a desire to take on everything. But, when you’re trying to balance a personal life, academic obligations, extracurriculars and taking care of yourself, time becomes your most precious commodity. Efficiency became the name of the game and before I knew it, every little pocket of time was spent trying to tick off yet another item on my to-do list. Waiting in line at the supermarket? Perfect time to send out an email or two. Got out of class early? Time to call up those vendors for that event we’re planning next month.
I am the girl running around the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) campus, a Canon T2i slung over my shoulder and tripod gripped at my hip. I am here first and foremost to learn dentistry, but every once in a while, I also have the distinct privilege of taking portraits for my classmates, meeting up with my medical, nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy counterparts, listening to strangers’ stories and otherwise waltzing around campus as the “Humans of UCSF” columnist. What started off as a simple passion for photography and desire to get involved with the school newspaper developed into a greater vision for maintaining a platform through which our student, faculty and staff voices could be heard.
Late nights, long hours and lab work. In the midst of this and studying for the NBDE Part II, we had a crazy idea to start our own business as a creative outlet beyond dental school. For us, the transition into clinic came with a steep learning curve. Whether it was trying to remember a plethora of facts and guidelines when presenting patient cases to our covering faculty, or even scribbling down notes on loose paper (only to later misplace them), we felt that an extra bit of guidance and organization would have helped ease this transition.
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After my fiancé got down on one knee and placed the ring on my finger, there was about a 24 hour time lapse before I felt the world closing in on me. I had already over-committed to extracurricular activities and I had both my NBDE and clinical entrance exams to prepare for this year. How was I going to manage planning my dream wedding on top of that?
February is a two-for-one awareness month with National Children’s Dental Health Month and you guessed it, National Pet Dental Health Month. While we focus on treating our pediatric population, our little kitties’ dental health should be assessed too. As reported by the American Veterinary Medical Association, “80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some kind of oral disease by the age of 3.”
Read on for tips on keeping your pet’s oral health in check!
Happy New Year fellow ASDA friends! Let me guess, you’re either at the gym tackling that New Year’s resolution, laying on the couch binging on Netflix, or traveling back to dental school after a much needed break. Whatever your situation, allow me to share with you some tips on how to maximize your New Year’s Day, and year for that matter.