Mindfulness & Reflection
Trying to reach my goals
About This Project

“I have been in a long distance relationship with my boyfriend for almost 4 years now. He is currently stationed in WA, serving as a 1LT in the US Army. I could never imagine surviving dental school without him, and this led me to open up a conversation about the importance of balancing your school life with your personal life.


Most people are surprised to hear that I’m in a long distance relationship. I think it’s because they know how stressful graduate school can be, and how hard it is to not be able to see your significant other for months at a time.


Dental school is by far one of the most difficult endeavors that I have faced. Having a solid support system to help me get through the ups and downs of dental school is one of the most important things to keep me sane not only in school but also in my life.


Although focusing on school is important, my boyfriend has taught me that school does not have to consume every moment of my life, despite how busy/overwhelmed I may get with studying. He reminds me that there is a life outside of school and that it is okay to take time for myself to relax and enjoy the life that I live. He keeps me humble and ambitious. He makes me remember why I started my journey to become a dentist—he is my rock.


I wouldn’t be where I am today without the constant love and support I receive from him.


With the white coat: I am an ambitious first year dental student


#withoutthewhitecoat: I‘m just a person trying to reach my goals”


Tiffany Chung
DDS Candidate | Class of 2022
Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine