What You Don't Know About The Girl Who Aspires To Be A Dentist

What You Don't Know About The Girl Who Aspires To Be A Dentist

Although it pays well, that's not why our hearts chose this profession.

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Everyone assumes I'm going to college studying dentistry in order to live a life of luxury when I get older. It's a commonly known fact that dentists make a hefty yearly income, but that has a negligible impact on why I chose to pursue this career.

It's typical that when asked what feature people find most attractive in their significant other, they respond their smile. Smiles are a characteristic that is clearly displayed on a person's face and often what people view first.

You can discover a lot about a person by the way they smile.

Because smiles are a quality that hold a large amount of importance in life, it could cause people to feel self-conscious if they aren't satisfied with theirs. The idea I love most about giving someone a perfect smile is the amount of confidence it will provide them. I remember getting my braces removed and feeling like a completely different person. Getting the smile you always dreamed of allows you to feel beautiful and complete.

A lot of people feel as though teeth aren't an important part of the body because they serve a large cosmetic purpose, but teeth are extremely vital in everyday life and need to be taken care of - that's where dentists come in. People may feel as though this occupation isn't as significant as others because we may not deal with life or death situations on an everyday basis, but dental health is extremely important for a variety of reasons.

Infections can obviously be extremely dangerous on any part of the body, and they're something that dentists see very often and must cure so that the rest of the body doesn't become affected. To state the obvious, people clearly need teeth to consume food and many incidents can interfere with this which dentists much immediately cater to.

When people picture a hero, normally occupations such as firefighters, surgeons, doctors, etc. come to mind, but ever since getting braces as a young teenage girl and needing to have various dental procedures done, I've imagined my orthodontist and dentist to be heroes. They've done so much for me from removing teeth that disturbed the others to allow me to bite properly. I cannot wait to have that same effect on people, whether it be young children, elders, or adults.

All of us studying to go into the dental field are aware it will be a long and difficult battle. After college, we still need to endure years of dental school and possibly attend more school depending on our specialization, but knowing that we will live out our dream pushes us to work through it.

Due to the amount of school dental students have to suffer through, people assume we won't be able to get married and have children like many others. This is false. Being a dentist is actually a great profession to enter for those that want to have a family because their weekend hours are extremely minimal and they're let out of work at a decent time every day. If you choose to open your own practice, you'll even be in charge of the hours you work.

People figure that my desire to go into the dental field is just a stage and when I have to deal with saliva and blood on an everyday basis, I'll back out, but I can say with complete confidence that won't occur. They believe I tell others I want to be a dentist because it seems "impressive" and that it'll pay well, but that is very untrue. I've interned at a dentist's office and find the things that most people find to be "disgusting" in the mouth to actually be quite interesting. I'm certain that WHEN I follow through with dentistry, I'll be doing something I love every day.

Myself along with fellow dental students are constantly asked why we'd want a job that revolves around exploring mouths, but my answer is always the same: to help people. Even if dentistry isn't the first occupation people think of to assist others, I see its influence on people's lives and I can't wait to pursue my passion.

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Jason Kulpa, San Diego CEO and Founder of Jason Kulpa Wife Scholarship, Reveals 3 Smart Ways to Tame the High Cost of College

The cost of college is going nowhere but up, but you do not have to succumb to all that debt.

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If you are worried about the high cost of higher education, you are not alone. With the cost of college tuition going nowhere but up and financial aid holding steady or going down, even middle- and upper-class parents often worry that they will not be able to make their dreams of a college education for their children come true.

No matter who you are or where you live, the cost of a college education keeps going up. If you want to help your son or daughter graduate without crippling college loan debt, you need to think out of the box and look for creative ways to tame the high cost of a college education.

Apart from applying to scholarships to fund higher education, such as the Jason Kulpa Wife Scholarship (learn more at www.jasonkulpawife.com), there are three strategies you can use to reduce the cost of college without sacrificing the education your child needs and deserves.

1. Use Tuition Assistance to Enhance Your Career at Virtually No Cost

Even in today's high-cost college environment, there is a way to get an excellent education and do it at virtually no cost. This path may take longer, but the thought of graduating from college with a stable full-time income and no debt whatsoever is undoubtedly an attractive one.

There is something to be said for entering the workforce right after high school, and a growing number of young people are considering this option. Many employers offer tuition assistance to even entry-level workers and going to college part time while working full time is more feasible than ever, thanks to the widespread availability of online learning and virtual college courses.

If you take this approach, you could graduate with marketable skills your current employer will appreciate, setting you up for future promotions and a higher salary. Best of all, the cost of that education could be negligible, putting you on a sound financial footing and helping you enjoy even greater success while your peers are struggling with college debt.

2. Take Advantage of Work/Study Opportunities

Working your way through school does not necessarily mean delivering pizzas on the weekend or tending bar in the evenings. Many colleges provide work/study opportunities for their students, giving young people the chance to earn a living while securing their future education.

Some of these work/study opportunities are limited a single field of education, while others are open to all. If you are looking for a way to avoid college loan debt, you owe it to yourself to check out these work/study opportunities and take advantage of them when you can.

3. Start with a Community College Education

Compared to the cost of a four-year college or university, the price of community college is a real bargain. More and more community colleges are offering courses specifically designed to give budget-conscious learners a head start on the education they need.

Taking your first year or two of education at a community college could save you a ton of money on tuition and room and board. Once you have a solid background in your course of study, you can transfer your community college credits to a four-year school and continue your education without incurring huge college loan debt.

The cost of college is going nowhere but up, but you do not have to succumb to all that debt. If you are willing to think outside the box and take an unorthodox path to higher education, in addition to seeking out and applying for niche scholarships such as the Jason Kulpa Wife Scholarship, you could escape the college loan trap and get a jump start on a great career.

About: The Jason Kulpa Wife Scholarship is just one of several investments Jason Kulpa has pledged to his community. Jason Kulpa founded San Diego based UE.co in 2008 after holding operations positions at a number of fast-growing Ad-Tech companies. Since becoming CEO, he has taken a hands-on approach to driving strategic partnerships and creating a company culture that promotes innovation and respect for high-level vision. Mr. Kulpa graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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Why Ellena Whitfield Became YouTube's 'EllenaWhat'

A conversation with Ellena Whitfield on the future of YouTube, journalism, and social media.

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Ellena Whitfield, popularly known as "EllenaWhat" has taken advantage of the social media revolution with the success of her YouTube channel, which has a following of 65,000 subscribers.

YouTube has become the gateway to success for many young internet influencers as the site became second-most popular in the world as of August 2018.

Whitfield has applied her success online to her schooling at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. With an aspiration to become a Rolling Stone or Alternative Press journalist, Whitfield creates weekly music reviews to her channel.

"I think YouTube is relevant because of the culture our generation expresses. We grew up with the boom of social media and it's our modern-day entertainment on a more personal level. Our parents experienced the same thing through the boom of television. This is why we've started to idolize influencers like they are movie stars," Whitfield said.

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Whitfield has met many other young and successful influencers during her time at ASU and the making of her channel. Her cousin, Kendall Rae, a YouTuber with 1 million subscribers inspired her to create her channel.

Whitfield expressed that she would love to become a full-time YouTuber, but there is always the fear that the platform will crash.

"One of the biggest YouTube influencers, Jeffree Star, was making money off of Myspace and then all of a sudden the platform, which seemed revolutionary at the time, crashed and he was forced to live on his friend's couches for a while," Whitfield said.

Even with the fear of YouTube ending, Whitfield said her YouTube channel has given her a platform and the experience she needs to succeed as a journalist. Whitfield said that YouTube not only helped her gain a social relevance, but it gave her experience on how to make relevant and timely content.

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Human communication professor, Steven Corman emphasizes Whitfield's point on the importance of present-day journalists adopting the social revolution.

"Mainstream media and social media are part of a shared ecosystem. Mainstream media uses social media as a source of information, and social media plays an important role in distributing stories from mainstream media. Journalists need to embrace both if they want to be successful in creating stories and reaching larger audiences with those stories," Corman said.

The most unique aspect of journalism is that it is forever expanding. There are many new platforms and ways of sharing news such as YouTube that allows journalists to spread news faster than ever.

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Lexi Varrato, the social media director of ASU's AWSM club strives to evolve with journalism, especially when it comes to the club she helps run as it is one of the most important aspects of journalism to stay relevant.

"Having a social platform as a journalist is crucial because it helps you build your brand and create a presence in an era that is so technologically focused. Not only will you create your image, but it allows you to make connections that will help you further your career," Varrato said.

The rise of young influencers is very inspiring to Whitfield as she says it is realistic to make a career as an influencer. She said that YouTube can lead creators to many different careers such as creating a fashion line or becoming a journalist as she aspires.

Whitfield plans to keep her channel as long as YouTube exists because she loves every aspect of documenting her life and sharing it with her audience. Whitfield expressed that she cannot wait to see where YouTube is in a couple years and believes many college students should give YouTube a try.

"People that have millions of subscribers all started with zero. If you don't start now you're never going to know what could happen," Whitfield said.

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