Nine years ago I began working full-time in a busy family dental practice, the same office I am still working at today. After receiving my Associate’s degree in 2005, I felt very happy and content with the thought of working as a registered dental hygienist until retirement. However, within a few years I began to reflect back on a time when one of my dental hygiene instructors had suggested to the class that perhaps one day we might consider a career in teaching. At the time, I had no interest in teaching and only wanted to get out “into the real world” and work, but as time went by, I realized that the most enjoyable part of my day-to-day work was educating my patients. Finally, in 2009 I decided to listen to the little voice in my head and went back to school. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in 2011, at Fones School of Dental Hygiene in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Again, a few more years have passed and I am now pursuing a Master’s of Education degree at Post University. In less than five years I hope to have achieved my goal to become a dental hygiene instructor, while maintaining part-time practice in my current position.
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