What surprised me most about Joyce’s presentation was when the panel advised us to do what we are passionate about and asked us about our motivations for doing what we are doing. This struck me because I had to ask myself something very important: have I just convinced myself that I want to be a dentist or do I want to be a dentist because I genuinely love the career? I would be lying if I said that this thought has never occurred to me, but it was only during the panel when I actually seriously thought about this question.
After some pondering, these are my conclusions: first, everything I do and want to do is based on the foundation of the love of helping people. Second, I want to be able to help people through healthcare in a way that allows me to have a one-on-one relationship with them. I realized that the reason I chose dentistry was because it conveniently satisfied all the conditions. Of course, I am still interested in it, and I enjoyed my observation with the dental students, but that is only a snippet of my journey to dentistry. Therefore, I have to keep moving forward with dentistry to see if it is truly my passion, which I must admit is frightening.
In the end, this reevaluation is good for me. Now that I am fully aware that dentistry may or may not be the final destination, I can plan ahead and be prepared. I need to be open, open to explore different classes UM has to offer. I plan to dabble in classes that I am less knowledgeable about such as public health, women’s studies, and social change. Maybe these classes will lead me to discover what I am really passionate about, or maybe these classes will lead me to pursue dentistry even harder.
Let me leave you with this question: have you done your own reevaluation of your future?