Public Health: The Problem Won’t Go Away If You Ignore It

Scholarship Entrant: Jessica from Germantown, Wisconsin
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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As a student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I dream of working in a field that benefits my fellow human beings in countless ways: dentistry. I passionately believe that it is a basic right of every human being, regardless of circumstance, to be able to talk, eat, and smile comfortably. Nowadays, dentists often choose to work in the more profitable private practice, with offices stationed in well-to-do communities, while an entire sector of people are not receiving the dental care that they need. I seek to change this by pursuing a career in the public sector of dental health and providing preventative care and procedures at low cost to at least some of the 108 million people in the United States without dental insurance. I am already on the right track in terms of pursuing this career; I have been granted conditional acceptance into Marquette School of Dentistry as a part of their Pre-Dental Scholars program. Furthermore, with a 3.91 GPA, I am proving myself to be serious about my studies and am committed to being the best healthcare professional that I can be. Attending a school located in a city with prevalent poverty rates allows me the opportunity to work with low-cost dental clinics in the area, namely Columbia St. Mary’s Elizabeth Ann Seton Clinic. I plan to volunteer there this upcoming school year, which would give me the connections and inspiration I need to complete my goal of providing excellent dental care at low cost.

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