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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Sky David—Dental Explorers 2013

Dental Explorer Sky David
Sky David

Sky David

Age: 16

Coming from: King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science

Why I think a career in dentistry might be for me: Three years ago, my orthodontist took the challenge of giving me a great smile. After two-and-a-half years, my braces came off, and I was thrilled! Ever since then, I believed that I could help other youth have great, healthy teeth.

What I hope to learn during the Dental Explorers program: I hope to learn how to incorporate my knowledge with hands-on activities. I would love to use a Cavitron for removing hard plaque or even get my hands on an X-ray machine when identifying root canals.

When I found out I was accepted into Dental Explorers, my first thought was: I couldn’t believe I actually got accepted. As I read the first word, “Congratulations,” my smile stretched to both of my ears.

My number one doubt about becoming a dental professional is: Causing too much pain when working on my patient’s mouth.

Proudest moment of my life (so far): When I received a 4.0 GPA both semesters of my junior year, which some say is the hardest year of high school at King Drew.

If I could see my life in 10 years, I hope it looks like: I plan to be doing what I love and helping people in my community, since it’s always good to give back to where your journey began.

The number one misconception I think people have about dental professionals is: That all dental work involves pain

It’s important to have programs like Dental Explorers because: Anyone interested in dentistry can experience what a normal day would be like and decide if this is their destiny.

One job I don’t think I could ever do is: A public bus driver. My personality is too kind-heartened to tell someone they couldn’t ride the bus [if they didn’t have enough money].