Dropping in for a little update. I am no longer a dental student. I graduated from dental school in May 2014, as stated in this post. Also in said post I mentioned that I was matched to the Orthodontics Program at my school (yay).
I started my new journey as an Orthodontics resident in July of 2014. Needless to say, it was quite different from anything I encountered in dental school. I've had many moments when I wasn't sure what was going on or understood what was being said/taught, and to be completely honest, there were times when I asked myself "what the h*** were you thinking coming into this specialty?!"
Needless to say, as the weeks and months went on things became a lot more clear and I became a lot more comfortable with the new things that I was being exposed to. Concepts began to make sense and soon I no longer felt like I was drowning in information.
In writing this post, it made me reflect, realize and certainly serves a reminder about change. Changes was what I was going through. Sure dental school was no cake walk, and in the beginning it was a total shock (as change took place) but I got comfortable in the same place with the same people and that comfort made me feel safe. Now that safety net was not there anymore. I was in a new environment (though not totally new - I was at my alma mater, which helped a lot), with new people (co-residents) and totally new ways of thinking. But one thing is certain, and that is that change is never easy - you fight to hold on, and you fight to let go. This is funny, I remember in dental school, the goal was to be done! to let go, but when it was over I fought to hold on. I missed my classmates and the friendships we built over the years, and I missed the familiarity of the daily routine or at least the familiarity in the way I studied. Now, everything is pretty different, but good.
I am enormously blessed, and there is not a day that passes that I don't give thanks for its abundance!
I remember graduating high school in my home country Jamaica and wanting to become a dental hygienist. I became a hygienist but during that process I knew I wanted more and so I put all my efforts into becoming a dentist. I could have stopped there but I yearned for something more and had a very ...towards orthodontics and so I put all my efforts there, and here I am living my dream of becoming an Orthodontist :)
Very much overdue, but this was my very first patient in July 2014 (lol). Not perfect but I'm getting there!
And here's a video I saw online tracking an 11 year old girls' Orthodontic treatment over an 18 month period.
Orthodontics is awesome!!
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