1) What is your role in Pre-Dental Society? What are your duties?
My responsibilities entail keeping board meeting minutes, making notes about general meetings and events, recording history of the organization throughout the year, procuring board and general meeting locations, keeping track of emails and making sure to indicate who responds to them, and providing an end year report on all events.
2) Tell us about yourself
I am extremely passionate about being in touch with my own heritage and love to learn about the histories and cultures of all the world's civilizations. I am learning to play a Persian instrument known as the santur. I love keeping up with world events and being active in domestic politics. I'm very enthusiastic when it comes to environmental protection, universal healthcare and foreign policy. I strongly advocate for international human rights in all countries, but I'm most vocal about my homeland of Iran. Since the time I could remember, I knew my place on this earth was to make a difference in the US, the place in which I grew up, and Iran, my eternal homeland. I feel as if dentistry is the way in which I can make a genuine and real difference in this regard.
3) Why Dentistry?
As a child, I recall neglecting my oral hygiene, leading to discoloration, caries and enamel erosion. Throughout my life, I have been very self-conscious of the aesthetics of my teeth and often tried to hide my smile in public. Years of painful visits to the dentist provoked my interest in the science involved in dentistry. I began to read more about how the anatomical structure of the oral cavity inductively influences the health of the rest of the body, giving dentists an edge to holistic, preventative care for patients. Once I began to shadow dentists in San Jose, I knew this field was the perfect fit for me. The gratefulness of the patients and the confidence in their smiles was enough of a reward for the dentist to go home happy. I strive to spend the rest of my life using dentistry as a tool to instill confidence in people and heal the less fortunate in a self-rewarding profession that is founded on the basic principles of humanity.
4) Your favorite motto or advice to other Pre-Dents?
Anything and everything is possible. What you seek is seeking you. Take ten steps towards it and it takes ten step in turn.