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Getting to know our service men and women

flag_memorial dayLast week the buzz around school was all about plans for the three-day weekend coming up. Between pool parties, weekend getaways, and lab work, everyone sounded pretty busy. But this holiday also gives us a chance to express appreciation for our armed forces – and a reason to find out more about our fellow students who serve. The Armed Forces – Army, Navy, and Air Force – have health professions scholarships which include dental school. We spoke with four D2s about their plans to serve as military dentists.

Finding time when you don’t have any

PaskettIt’s now 11 p.m. You’re still on campus studying for tomorrow morning’s oral pathology exam which you’re ill-prepared for. You’ve got an ASDA lunch and learn tomorrow that you have to organize, and you’re seeing your first patient in the afternoon. You also have two unfinished fixed pros projects in the sim lab that you have to complete before the end of the week.

Dental school takes a toll on body image

Pair of female feet on a bathroom scaleAccording to the American Psychological Association the average person our age spends 6.5 hours each day with mass media and views approximately 3,000 advertisements. Often these images depict men and women as unnaturally flawless and have led to a beauty standard that is both unrealistic and unobtainable. What’s worse is that studies have proven that constant exposure to these beauty “ideals” cause internalization of damaging standards that could lead to eating disorders, anxiety and depression.

My new appreciation for research

laboratory equipmentResearch was foreign to me during my undergraduate studies. Yet in dental school, where it parallels future procedures, research became more interesting to me. Appreciating the importance of a project for the sake of its impact on practice in the “real world” lit a fire within me to be continuously involved in research. This excitement led to my participation in five projects to date. If you are passionate about something, success will follow. But how do you juggle five projects?

Running a successful crowdfunding campaign

UCLA sparkFundraising for a student organization isn’t easy, but crowdfunding has recently emerged as a unique way to raise money from many individual donors. Websites such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe are popular choices to jump-start a campaign, but more recently, educational institutions have moved towards utilizing crowdfunding as well. UCLA embraced this opportunity to connect with Bruin students, faculty, alumni and its community when it launched UCLA Spark in 2014.

Read on to learn how UCLA ASDA raised more than $22,000 for their project.