UPDATE: Congratulations to Vijeta Limbekar, winner of this giveaway! I’m so impressed by everyone’s hidden talents and secret hobbies! Vijeta was chosen at random and hopefully this guide will help her pursue her dream of public health dentistry!
I’ve been a member of ASDA’s Central Office staff for more than four years and I’m still impressed by the variety of talents dental students bring to the association. Although my background consists of journalism and graphic design, I come from a family of scientists so I understand the left-brained people in this world. But what I love about dentistry is the combination of hard science and the creative aspect of making a denture or waxing a tooth. I can see this balance in the students I’ve worked with and the wide range of skills they possess–often far outside of the scope of dentistry.
Some of the students I’ve worked with have secret lives as an amazing athlete, an impressive public speaker or a talented food blogger. One of these “jack of all trades” that stands out is the artist behind most of the comics that appear in ASDA’s publications: John Syrbu, Iowa ’13. John has been contributing comic to ASDA News and Mouth for years. He has a Facebook page called Dental Art & Humor that has more than 16,000 likes.
Most recently, John used his talents as an artist and wrote the book he wished he’d had when he was applying to dental school: “The Complete Pre-dental Guide to Modern Dentistry.” This book is a great resource for predental students who are itching to know more about dentistry and get a leg up on the competition come application time. John has illustrated the entire book to help guide predental students through concepts from crowns to implants to maxillary anatomy. To purchase a copy for $19.99, click here. Or you can try your luck at winning a copy from MO!
John has donated a book to Mouthing Off for us to giveaway to one lucky reader. To win a copy of the book, leave a comment below telling us about your secret talent. The contest will close one week from today on Oct. 8 at 10am CST.
~Kim Schneider, communications editor