Member of the Month
Rachel Crittenden graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. She is currently a D2 serving as ASDA’s Membership and Engagement Chair, actively involved the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Student Business Association and Delta Sigma Delta.
What do you like most about dental school?
I really like how collaborative my dental class is. No matter what we are presented with, we aren’t afraid to voice our opinions and offer up solutions. We advocate for each other whether it’s to move around an exam schedule or to ensure we are getting the same opportunities regardless of renovations.
What has been your favorite ASDA experience so far?
Doing the scavenger hunt during D1 year! It was so fun to run around Ann Arbor looking for clues with my teammates. We thought that we were absolutely crushing the competition only to find out that we finished near the end of the pack. The appetizers after softened the defeat.
What is your favorite quote?
“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” -Roy T. Bennett
What is your biggest piece of advice for pre-dental students looking to apply?
Take every opportunity to reach out and connect with dental students! Some of the best recommendations that I received for applying came from others who had gone through exactly what I was going through. When one of my recommendation letters fell through, a dental student helped me to remain calm and brainstorm other options.
What’s been the most memorable experience from dental school so far?
Seeing my first patient in Foundation Clinic! I was definitely anxious to take what I had learned in pre-clinic and apply it to treat a real person. I am incredibly thankful to my roommate who acted as my assistant, to my D4 mentor, and to all of my classmates who wished me luck and gave me the confidence to complete a filling that was only supposed to be a two surface but extended to a four surface restoration!