Going from 0 to 5, it was all learning and being a kid. I have to rely on the memories of my family members on this one since it’s been too long ago.
I was born.
Going from 5 to 10, I was learning how to make friends and be “cool.” I always sought out fun things to do. I didn’t really have a direction or sense of purpose. But what could you really expect from me at such a young age?
I was simple.
Going from 10 to 15, I found purpose. I accepted God in my life and wanted to prove to people and myself that I was capable. I learned responsibility, honesty, and determination.
I started trying in my life.
From 15 to 20, I built up a strong work ethic. I tried hard at everything. I went to college at Penn State University, where I made life-long friends. While I had to go through a learning curve, I became organized, independent, and professional.
I was motivated.
From 20 to 25, I left college and went to nursing school in Philadelphia with an enthusiastic attitude. Unfortunately, I struggled. While this was discouraging, I stayed positive. All I needed to do was stay strong. I was so wrong.
Bad things happened.
It was a life crisis (not middle, simply, because I hope to live longer than 46). I left nursing.
I was lost.
From 25 to 29, by the grace of God, I pulled through and found purpose. I attended a post-baccalaureate, took my DAT, and applied to dental school. I couldn’t get in. I attended graduate school at West Chester University with a mission and left with far more than I bargained for. I earned a master’s degree, got into dental school, and found the love of my life.
I was back.
I started dental school at New York University with a strong motivation. Although there were a lot of challenges in the past two years, I was able to pull through with the support of family and friends. Later on, more life changing events occured. I earned a scholarship from the Air Force and got married.
I was growing up.
As I enter this 30th year milestone, I’ve been blessed to be where I am today and have the support of family and friends. Although I’ve experienced a lot in my years, I still have that drive to always keep on trying, learning, and wanting to get better. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me for the next two years of dental school and beyond.
I’m not getting older, I’m getting better.