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!
Happy Monday fellow dental students! It has been a while since our last Member Monday and that is why this week we are really excited to feature D1 Rony Young, a very talented singer and performer. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Rony attended the University of Alabama for college where he earned an undergraduate degree in Biology. We had the pleasure of hearing him perform at this year’s variety show and are very excited to have such a talented person at our school!
Rony says he first became interested in music when he was just a kid. “My mom was the first person that exposed me to singing,” explains Rony. “I remember singing Christmas songs that she taught me and had recorded me singing.”
Once in high school, Rony really began to cultivate his voice and started performing as much as he could. “I used to perform all the time when I was in high school,” says Rony, “mostly choirs but also solo performances. I was involved in show choir at my school and church, all-state choir every year, as well as high school talent shows.” Rony also participated in a lot of musical theater. “I grew up being in plays so I was usually in at least one musical per year from the time I can remember up until moving away for college.” Could UAB SOD have a Broadway star on its hands??
Unfortunately, Rony did not have any opportunities to sing in college and was very excited to get the chance to hit the stage again in the UAB Variety show. He told us, “I had not performed solo since high school until the 2019 Variety Show at UAB SOD. It was a really cool experience getting my feet wet again as far as singing on stage goes.”
Most singers like to stick with a certain genre of music but Rony says he likes them all! “I would say I like basically all genres of music or at least a few from each genre that is within my range. My favorites, however, would be country and old soul music, such as Ray Charles, Otis Redding, etc.”
While we may not all have the natural talent that Rony has, he assured us that anyone who wants to can give signing a try. “I was grateful to have such amazing music teachers, mainly my mom, church choir director, and high school choir director,” says Rony. “I have spent a tremendous amount of time singing throughout my life in order for me to get better and learn. My advice would be to practice a lot, learn some good breathing techniques, and learn to read music. I never learned to read music and it often held me back. Practice makes perfect!”
Be sure to check out Rony at next year’s Variety Show! Maybe he will inspire a few more singers to rise to the occasion.
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