“Throughout most of my life, I had always prioritized school above anything else, especially my physical and mental health. I remember experiencing burn out my sophomore year of undergrad without even realizing it at the time and my grades and my health suffered. Looking back at my habits, I think it was foolish to prioritize school so much. While doing well in school is important, grades aren’t everything and taking care of yourself is even more important! I remember my boss used to tell me of fellow colleagues suffering from burn out and eventually quitting dentistry. This was something I had never really heard of or thought about as being a part of the field and I think this is a topic not many people shed light on in the health care field. At the end of the day, your mental and physical health are all that you have for the rest of your life. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may not be able to last in the long run. To help balance my mental health, I always give myself something to look forward to. Whether it’s a trip for my next break from school, exploring my city for a new coffee shop, or even just relaxing with friends and family on the weekends. Just a friendly reminder that it’s okay to take care of yourself! It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
#withoutthewhitecoat I am an advocate of self-care.”
DDS candidate | Class of 2022
University of Washington School of Dentistry