ASDA Silent Auction Hike

Every year, UCLA’s ASDA Chapter hosts an annual fundraiser in the form of a silent auction. Faculty members volunteer to host an event, and students can bid on those events. This year, 26 activities were auctioned off to over 100 students in the dental school! I found it interesting to learn about the various faculty…

Introduction to Dental Photography

UCLA’s Division of Restorative Dentistry recently gave us the opportunity to take an evening introductory dental photography class. We first had a lecture taught by two UCLA alumni that reviewed photography basics, including how to use the school’s official (and heavy) cameras. As someone who has never taken a photography class before, I found the session…

CDA Anaheim 2017

This past weekend was the California Dental Association (CDA) Conference titled ‘The Art and Science of Dentistry’. Over three days, people from all walks of the dental-related fields converged in Anaheim, California to learn, chat, and connect. Health professionals also had the opportunity to enroll in Continuing Education (CE) courses, and everyone was welcome to…

2017 Match Day!*

*Disclaimer: My perspective on this specific topic, the Match, will surely change over the years, and it’s very possible that the Match will change itself. The sources for information in this specific post include the National Matching Services (NMS) website, dental school websites, and charts/spreadsheets that were given to me over the past year. If there is information that is incorrect…

UCLA’s Pre-Dental Outreach Committee

One of my main extracurricular involvements at UCLA SOD is our American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Pre-Dental Outreach Committee. The committee is comprised of 8 members: 2 second-year Chairs who lead the organization and 6 first-years who are divided up into lecturers, external, and internal co-chairs. The two co-lecturers, Armen and Brian, give presentations to and lead…

Systems 1 Update

Since I posted about Systems 1 earlier this week, a handful of classmates have reached out to me with different views regarding the class, Systems 1. In particular, some classmates do NOT enjoy the fact that we’re spending ten hours per week on Systems alone when we could be drilling or learning other dental-related classes. Others aren’t…

Case-Based Learning (CBL) at UCLA SOD

We are already back in the swing of things here are UCLA. In fact, our first quiz was just last week! This quarter feels like information overload, with foundational courses in topics such as pharmacology, microbiology, and radiology, among others. One of the greatest changes this quarter has been the start of a class called…

Welcome, 2017!

Happy 2017! We had a long winter break this year – 4 weeks! I don’t think we will have the opportunity to enjoy any 4-week breaks until graduation, so I definitely tried to revel in our time off. Over break, my family road-tripped from Los Angeles to The Grand Canyon, with a few stops before…

The End of Fall Quarter at UCLA

What a quarter. The past 11 weeks have seemed absolutely jam-packed, and our two of our class’ social chairs topped it all of with a class trip to Las Vegas! I’ll begin by recapping finals week. We had 5 finals over the course of 4 days, which is pretty reasonable. Some finals are written, and others…

Elections 2016: Proposition 56 Passed!

Every four years, our nation elects our next President. This year, there was a lot of commotion during the build up to, and after the results of, the Presidential election. FiveThirtyEight hosted half-hour to hour-long updates every day in the two weeks leading up to election day. News channels continuously updated with new projections. I…

The end of D1 Fall!

Argh. I admit I haven’t been keeping up with my posts. It’s been exactly a month and a day since I intended to publish my previous update. There’s been a lot going on, so I have a few posts lined up for you: Proposition 56 Passed! Finals and the End of Fall Quarter Post-Grad Programs…

Attending ASDA NLC 2016

This past weekend, I attended the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) National Leadership Conference in Chicago. There were over 700 attendees, of which nearly 500 were dental students, and 100 were pre-dentals. From day one, the excitement was palpable. People donned ‘ASDA Fever’ stickers and ASDA pins. During the vendor fair, attendees buzzed about winning…