When I first started working as a dental assistant, I loved the work I did. My heart raced a thousand beats per second when I saw the dentist cut into a patient’s bloody gums and rip the tooth out from its core. I enjoyed being so hands-on and taking impressions of a patient’s mouth, even if it meant getting clay all over my scrubs and hair. But today was different. I had a gut-wrenching feeling in my stomach and there was something in the air that made me anxious. After finishing the first patient’s procedure, I looked at the rest of the afternoon’s schedule and saw the front desk stacked the appointments; a “strategy” my dentist uses to book multiple appointments at the same time of day, just in case a patient does not show up. But in reality, all this did was frustrate the patients because the wait time was ridiculously long. It was around noon and after a number of procedures later, I was both mentally and physical...
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...future and re-evaluating my whole life. Although I felt down, I did not want to sit around and regret the choice I made, but instead I felt motivated to research different routes and options. My emotions were in overdrive and I was excited with all of the options I had. Soon after, I asked myself, “Should I look into going back to school?” and before I knew it, I signed up for the fall semester at College of Southern Nevada. I realized that being a dental assistant was something I never wanted to do in the first place but I was convinced by other factors it was the right choice for me. In hindsight, I am glad everything happened the way it did. I learned that it was okay to re-write my dreams and make mistakes. Most importantly, what I realize now is that I grew from that experience and how it helped me strive for something better and I am grateful for that everyday.
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