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Dental Hygiene Students

Chosen from an applicant pool of nearly 80, twenty new dental hygiene students started the school year. With an average GPA of 3.58, they hail from cities from across Maryland. Here is what just a few of them had to say:

AnNancy An, who is originally from Vietnam and now resides in Baltimore, chose the University of Maryland School of Dentistry's (UMSOD) Dental Hygiene Program because it was close to home. She also chose it because it offers her a second bachelor's degree; her first is in graphic design. "After working at a computer doing design work, I decided that what I really wanted to do was work more directly with people, one on one. I also want to work in a field where it will be easy to find a job," says An.


AssadullahA Rockville, Md. resident, Sara Assadullah is originally from Afghanistan and had issues with her own teeth when she came to the US. She didn't know much about oral hygiene. Today, she is eager to help educate people about the importance of good oral health and says she chose UMSOD because, "It is one of the best programs around."


SchraderCheryl Schrader is from the town of Church Hill on Marylandýs eastern shore. She decided to pursue dental hygiene after working for a sand and gravel company for thirteen years. "I knew I wanted to work in the health care field and teach people about oral health. I like the idea of the personal interaction," states Schrader. Like so many of her fellow classmates, she chose UMSOD because it offers a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene.



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  • Posting Date: 08/14/2013
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