Meet the Class of 2024 Officers!
Meet Jayneel Patel!
IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM!
I graduated from dental school back in my home country of India in 2011 and was involved in private dental practice for three long years before coming to the United States. After migrating to the United States, I kept chasing my dream to become a licensed practitioner over here. I spent numerous amounts of days preparing myself for the future challenges my journey to dental school was about to bring.
My first application cycle to dental school was a heartbreaking failure. After applying to almost everywhere, I did not have any luck getting interview calls despite of having a good GPA and boards scores. My second application cycle gave me little hope as I was waitlisted at a few schools. During that time, I started working in a dental lab and earned CDT license after clearing a couple of exams in dental technology.
I relocated from South Carolina to Alabama a year ago and initiated my third application cycle. With a cumulative of experiences as a dentist, dental assistant, and laboratory technician, I strengthened my profile and finally there was a day where I had acceptances from reputable universities including UAB. My eyes were set on UAB School of Dentistry since my very first cycle, which made my transition easy for the International Dentist Program.
As an IDP student and part of D3 class, I am proud to be a part of the program. This school offers great environment to learn lifelong values and knowledge as a dentist and as an individual. Our first semester as an IDP student was intensive and involved didactic and preclinical classes. However, we had enough time to learn and ease our transition to the regular D3 class. In addition, this year we have an unprecedented breakout of novel COVID-19 virus, which changed the way of how traditional dentistry is being taught. We are learning newer ways to advance the knowledge, and our faculties are going above and beyond to keep us on track.
Overall, my journey from a small town in India to UAB School of Dentistry had taught me many life lessons and skills and humbled me more than ever before.
Meet Zarish Mubarik!
Welcome back future dentists! We are excited to bring back our Member Monday posts where each week we highlight the hidden talents of the students at the UAB School of Dentistry. This week, we caught up with Zarish Mubarik, a fourth year student in the International Dentist Program. Zarish completed her dental training in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Ft. Lauderdale Florida in 2017. She was accepted into UAB’s IDP program in 2018 and will graduate in the class of 2021. Besides being a talented dentist, Zarish has a huge passion for fashion! Take a read below and find out how you too could become a fashion blogger.
I’ve loved fashion and styling since I was very young. I remember sketching my own clothing line when I was in the 5th grade and dreaming about the different designs I wanted to create. What I really enjoy about fashion is experimenting with colors and prints and mixing different aesthetics to bring one look together. I’ve always used it as a creative outlet and to express my individuality.
With the discipline and hard work that goes into a career like dentistry, it’s important to find things that you enjoy that can help you unwind and stay in touch with the things that inspire you and ignite your passion. When I am in the middle of a busy and stressful week, what gets me through is having a day planned where I can get some looks together and do a fun photoshoot or styling video. It helps me have something to look forward to and power through the week. I set small goals for myself and it really helps me excel and do better in all aspects of my life.
During quarantine, with all the time that we suddenly had to ourselves, I was able to take my love for fashion to the next level and began a fashion brand with my talented mother in law. We design unique, one-of-a-kind, statement outfits hoping to contribute to the sustainable fashion movement and make a niche in that market.
For someone interested in fashion and wanting to start blogging about it, I would advise them to buy a few good quality key pieces and learn ways to restyle and repurpose them. I think fashion is taking a positive turn towards being more mindful and not following fading trends. Investing in some basics and allowing your creativity to take the lead and find inventive ways to re-wear pieces while remaining true and authentic to your own personal style!
Insta handle @zarumubaru
Fashion brand @virgocoutureofficial
This Monday we are catching up with Jackson Algiers who is part of the UABSOD Class of 2023!
Jackson was a swimmer at Birmingham Southern College. “I started swimming before I was 10. I was in swim lessons and then moved to club swimming and loved it.” His favorite part of swimming are the friendships you make along the way and how good you feel after a good practice.
Some of his favorite memories about swimming include the weeklong training trips he went on in college. “We would go to Miami and train in an outdoor pool. While we were not swimming, we would hang out at the beach. It was a fun way to get in good shape after the holidays and also reset for the next semester.”
Sometimes you may find Jackson at the UAB Rec Center Pool doing some laps. “I usually try to make sure I swim 2-3 times per week. It loosens me up and stretches me out after being in various positions in PCD lab. Personally, I think it is easier to get a workout done in the in the morning as opposed to after school.”
When asked what his biggest advice for someone wanting to start swimming, he suggested just starting. “The hardest part is making the decision to go. Anyone can get a lot out of it no matter their skill level, and there is always room to improve, no matter how good you are.”
Andrew has always loved being outdoors and found himself venturing into hiking and camping during his college years. He eventually learned how to rock climb. “I live for the view at the top of a climb or the end of a long hike. I also hate going to gym and lifting weights so it’s a great form of exercise,” says Andrew.
“A few summers ago, I went to Banff National Park in Canada with a group of friends. We spent the whole-time backpacking, rock climbing, and hiking around. The Canadian Rockies are a different kind of paradise with their baby blue lakes and jagged mountain peaks,” he says.
We all likely struggle to make time for ourselves. It’s easy to feel bombarded with school and the daily tasks of life. When asking Andrew on how he finds time for his hobby he said that is can be tough. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that you will always feel like you could study more. I’ve found that forcing myself to leave the books for a few hours to go to the climbing gym or on a trail run helps more than a few extra hours of studying.”
For anyone wanting to start being outdoors more whether that be through climbing, hiking, or camping, Andrews advice for you is: “Don’t shy away from being uncomfortable. I’m frequently asked questions like “why would you want to sleep on the ground” or “how is it fun to walk for miles on end?” It’s true that those things aren’t the most fun, but the overall experience is worth the discomfort.”
Don’t forget to take some time this weekend to enjoy your hobby and take care of yourself!
Bryna was a successful runner from the start. In the fourth grade, she qualified to run the 400 meter in the Junior Olympics, a memory she will always cherish. “My favorite memory of track is going to the Junior Olympics for the 400 meter in the 4th grade!” explains Bryna. “I remember how nervous I was standing at the start line, but the second I started running the nerves left and I ran my heart out.”
Running is a great stress reliever that all dental students can do. Although Bryna is not on a track team anymore, she continues to run in her spare time. “I love going to the rec and running on their indoor track when dental school allows,” she says.
For anyone out there that may want to start running, Bryna has this advice for you: “It is super easy to start this hobby because it is an independent sport. Someone interested in running/track can run for free outside. This hobby is a great way to stay active and get some endorphins flowing.”
With the weather as beautiful as it is, now is a great time to get outside and start running!
With the start of a new school year, the Class of 2023 has joined us here at UABSOD. This week we introduce the newly elected officers for this class. Welcome to the Class of 2023 and congrats to the elected officers!
To start of this year’s Wellness Wednesday Posts we are going to give you a few nutrient filled and delicious smoothie recipes!
It’s the start of a new year for the dental students at UAB which means it’s time for a new round of student featurettes on Member Monday. This week, we caught up with Danielle Ho, a D3 who currently serves as our Vice President elect. Danielle has been involved with ASDA since she was a pre-dent at Virginia Tech and it is clear from her work at UAB that she has #ASDAFever.
Danielle has very fond memories of her time with ASDA at Virginia Tech. “I remember our club was always talking about ASDA and how amazing it was,” explains Danielle. “At the time I had no idea what it was, but I just knew I wanted to learn more about it and get involved. The very first conference I went to was the National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Chicago during my sophomore year, and after that, I caught ASDA Fever and went to multiple district conferences and NLC for a second time during my senior year!”
It’s safe to say that national ASDA conferences are one of the organization’s greatest features. Each conference is a great chance to get out of school mode and get into the real world for a few days. Not to mention the invaluable opportunities to network with other students and dentists who share a passion for organized dentistry.
Danielle was appointed VP Elect back in January. So far she has enjoyed being able to oversee our chapter as a whole rather than simply organizing one event as she did with her past position. “I love being involved with multiple committees and knowing everything our chapter is doing,” says Danielle. “I especially love that I’m able to oversee the New Member Committee that I was once a part of and am so passionate about! I have a great exec team and I am so thankful to be working with all of them.”
When asked about her favorite memory of ASDA, Danielle says it was her first NLC. “That was when I fell in love with ASDA, the people, and everything that ASDA stands for and does for its students and profession,” says Danielle. “It was absolutely surreal coming from a pre-dental club of 100 students and going to a conference surrounded by a thousand dental students and being 1 of 4 pre-dental students there. I felt like I was a part of a great big family, where everyone is supporting one another to better our profession and each other. I still keep in touch with many of the friends I made at my first NLC!”
Of course, being on the executive board of a club is a huge time commitment and with the stresses of clinic right around the corner, it can be difficult to keep up with club responsibilities. However, Danielle says, “It’s easy to do things that you love and are passionate about. I have always been passionate about new members and pre-dentals so it’s fun for me to have something to work on outside of studying. It’s also refreshing to be a part of something meaningful, especially when you lose sight of your purpose while burying your head in the books. ASDA reminds me that there’s so much more to dental school than studying, and that there are so many people walking the same journey together.”
For anyone thinking about applying for ASDA exec one day, take some advice from Danielle who is doing an awesome job in her position! “I believe that if passion drives your actions, you will be successful in whatever you pursue,” says Danielle. “If there’s anything that you love, I would definitely encourage you to pursue it – whether that’s service, wellness, or pre-dentals/new members. ASDA has a lot of avenues for you to be a part of things that you are passionate about – and if we don’t have an avenue for your passion already, you have the ability to create that! If you want to be a part of something bigger than our little community at UAB, I would definitely encourage you to be on exec and apply for positions on the national and district level as well!”
Have you got #ASDAFever?
Spring is in the air which means it is almost the end of the road for our D4 students. Because of this, we wanted to feature them in our Member Monday spotlight while we still can! Our student this week is Tim Davis, a D4 who served as our vice president last year. Tim has been invovled as an officer of ASDA since his first year of dental school and has worked hard to make our chapter better each year of his involvement.
When asked how Tim first became invovled with ASDA he said “I was looking for a way to get involved in a group at the school, and ASDA seemed to be the most accessible. I applied for a position in my D1 year. I started as a fall social chair for the 2016 calendar year. As fall social chair, I was responsible for Back to School Trivia Night, and then eventually Casino Night for a Cause.”
In fact, Tim was the founder of the very first Casino Night! Now considered as UAB’s fall formal, Casino Night is an event all students look forward to right before winter break and has been very successful in just the few years it has taken place. Tim says his favorite memory of ASDA was putting this event together. “By far my favorite experience with ASDA has been Casino Night for A Cause,” says Tim. “I created the event in 2016 and have been heavily involved ever since. I kind of consider it to be my baby. I have put so much time and effort into that event over the years. I learned a lot from it and, though I hope to see it continue to grow, I think we have done a great job in making it an established annual event in a very short amount of time. I really hope to see it continue to be successful for years to come after I graduate.”
After his year working as social chair he then stepped it up a notch and became vice president. “I enjoyed being in a leadership position,” says Tim. “It made me feel like I had a say in how things were done. In my first year as an ASDA officer, I learned a lot from those before me. But I also saw opportunities for growth. Being Vice President gave me the ability to actually make changes in our chapter, as well as on a national level.”
Like any other leadership position, being on the executive board of ASDA is extremely time consuming. However, Tim says it is doable if you simply make it a priority. “I definitely kept very busy between ASDA and school responsibilities,” explains Tim. “However, I think I work well under pressure and can prioritize and be more efficient. I think we all have more time in our schedule than we realize, and if you have something you really care about, you can make it happen. It definitely was not always easy, but we all need an outlet and for me, even though It was a school group, it kind of served that purpose.”
The application for ASDA officer positions goes out every year and the next vice president could be you! We asked Tim if he had any advice for those who are currently seeking out leadership positions. He responded with “I think ASDA is the best student organization at UAB and on the national level, so I think everyone should seek a position in ASDA. The best advice I would give to someone wanting to be a leader is to never lose sight of what’s important. To me, our chapter of ASDA was always my priority. I very much took the “think globally act locally” approach. I think the national aspect is important, but I think as leaders, we are responsible first for our own chapter. Since every student at UAB is a member of ASDA, we have to remember to make sure our efforts are in support of all of the students, and not just solely beneficial.”
We wish Tim luck as he finishes his requirements and encourage anyone thinking about becoming an ASDA officer to fill out an application next year when it’s time to apply!