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All I really needed to know I learned in Mr. Winchell’s class

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A few weeks ago, I went back to my hometown for my little brother’s graduation. While there, I ran into one of my favorite high school teachers, Mr. Winchell. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him or even say hi because he was so busy running the whole audio/visual set up of the entire graduation. Although he knew that what he was doing was important to graduation that day, I don’t really think he knew how important it would be to his students for years to come.

When I think back to my contributions to ASDA, almost everything that I have done with my local chapter and beyond has been in the multimedia realm. I’ve created five different websites, served two years on ASDA’s Council on Communications, designed award-winning chapter newsletters, produced countless videos, launched an app, and more. What do all these things have in common? Well, everything I needed to know to do them, I learned from Mr. Winchell in my high school multimedia class.

Nowadays in almost any profession, you can’t get by without having some level of multimedia skill, having a friend with those skills, or paying someone with those skills to do what you need done. We are definitely living in a digital age and because of that, it is all the more important that we expand our skill sets to include some of these abilities.

Although I am grateful for everything that I have been able to contribute to ASDA with these skills, the real value will come when I graduate and am able to build my own website for my practice, shoot promotional videos in-house, manage my own marketing and advertising, and any other multimedia need that I may have that would otherwise cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. If you haven’t had the chance to learn any of these skills yet, use ASDA to do it. Take advantage of the how-to guides on the ASDA website for video making or creating a website. Attend a breakout session at NLC on marketing your chapter or practice. Volunteer to create videos or flyers or even manage your chapter’s website. These skills have proven to be priceless in my educational and professional life as well as my hobbies. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ASDA can be everything you need. Let it be this for you.

Kyle Larsen, Colorado ’17

Dr. Kyle Larsen

Dr. Kyle Larsen, Colorado '17, is a National Health Service Corps Scholar and currently works for a community health clinic in rural Colorado. While in dental school, he held various positions within ASDA including chapter president and 2015-2016 District 9 trustee. He also is the president of the Southeastern Colorado Dental Society.

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