Stress: a word that may be all too familiar in dental school. It can be our worst enemy and sometimes very hard to cope with. With the pressure of exams, competencies, deadlines and the constant game of playing catch-up, feeling stressed is often too well known to a dental student. It is important for us to maintain solid mental health to tackle all of the challenges of dental school and make clear, focused clinical choices. One way to do so is to be active and maintain strong physical health. Exercise can be anything, as long as it gets your blood pumping. Here are a few suggestions…
Let’s talk about credit cards: the good, the bad, the not-so-ugly. Most adults have at least one credit card that they use frequently. With the influx of technology in recent years, paper use has decreased; this includes the use of money. People don’t carry or use cash as often. A credit card is easier to carry, offers rewards or points and (uh oh) allows you to carry a balance. While credit cards are great in that they allow you to build credit history, people often sign up before entirely understanding what they are getting into. Here are some of the MYTHS about credit card use…
My family were immigrants from Canada. Our first family business was running a convenience store. Working in the store as a teenager motivated me to pursue a career that focused on serving people and improving their well-being. Most students who want to be a doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, health care professional or any other professional go into their field wanting to do one main thing-help people. However, when we’re faced with that daunting educational debt, I’m certain most students who dreamed of providing selfless service to others become discouraged as to how to provide free service to their patients. There are ways to supplement salaries and paychecks to provide funds to help people. I explored social media venues that can help me do just that.
Dental student life is full of stress with study and clinical work. Every time midterms or finals come, most of my classmates pound down coffee to avoid falling asleep on a textbook. Do you ever think about the cup of tea as a companion to your study? Or perhaps you’re a recovering coffee addict who has now turned to the soothing varieties of tea to get a decent caffeine fix without the jitters.
Tea is an essential beverage of sorts. It is a jolting liquid that staves away fatigue, headaches and lack of motivation. Not only does tea have health benefits, it also has fluoride and contains tannic that may keep plaque at bay. Here is a background on teas and the various types you can explore the next time you find yourself wanting a refreshing drink.
Last weekend, I was flying home for a quick visit. I landed an aisle seat with an empty middle seat. As I usually do when flying, I put my earbuds in, turned my music up and closed myself off for the three-hour ride. Two hours in, after finishing the latest issue of ASDA News, I laid it in the middle seat and checked on the time. I noticed my row mate glancing down on the middle seat, once then twice. I could sense his curiosity and hesitation to ask me about what I was reading. Now I’m not one of those passengers to strike up conversations with strangers, but in this case I removed my earbuds and asked if he would like to see the issue. What followed was an hour-long conversation about my experiences in dental school and what ASDA was all about. This inflight experience made me wonder, “What’s the value in striking a conversation with your fellow airline passengers?”