Where I Have Been: A Life Update

Hey y’all! It has been a full year since I last posted on here, and let me tell you, there is good reason for that.

Laptop Fiasco

 

Flash back to last summer, I was working on my Master’s Degree and all of a sudden, my 2013 MacBook Pro decided to DIE…COMPLETELY. I tried so hard to try and get it fixed but Best Buy had a deal with Apple where they were NOT allowed to open any of their products to look at them on the inside. Apple also has a rule where they won’t look at products older than 5 years!

They considered my laptop “vintage”… are you joking?!

I tried taking it to someone on the side, they couldn’t fix it either. This resulted in me getting an iPad and a keyboard so I could continue doing my school work. OH! I also forgot to mention that all of my masters work, photos and blog post drafts, were stuck on my external hard drive which was only compatible with Macs. My. Luck. Anyway, I have a new MacBook Air now so more blog posts are coming!

Summer 2019 

Last summer went by so fast! I had so much going on! I was continuing working on my degree, I was a part of one of my best friend’s wedding in Houston and did her hair & makeup, went to Lake Charles, traveled to Dallas for Jason’s tennis tournament, went to Magnolia for the first time (might do a post on this), and got a new job! I inserted some pictures of that summer!

I GRADUATED!

I graduated with my Master of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.

Man, that’s a mouth full!

I finished my program in August of 2019 but couldn’t walk until December. Walking across the stage solidified that I actually did it! New classes every 7 weeks, intense paper writing, and a 4.0 later, I was finally done! For now. In August my whole family went out to the beach to celebrate with a delicious seafood lunch! It was so great getting everyone together for my accomplishment!

New Job

After, I graduated I needed to find a part-time job so that I could save enough money for my dental school applications and the DAT (dental admission test). I landed a job as a substitute teacher for a local charter school. I found a new respect for teachers while holding this job. Kids are BRUTAL! Especially middle schoolers! All the yelling, the name calling, not wanting to do their work, and the never ending TikTok dance rehearsals! I honestly kind of miss it!

Jonas Brother’s Concert

After graduation, Jason surprised me with Jonas Brothers concert tickets. We we out to dinner for our usual date night Friday. We were crunching on some fried calamari and enjoying each others company/people watching. All of a sudden he said

“we’re going to see the Jonas Brothers in December”.

I SQUEALED! I had only been talking about wanting to go for MONTHS! I asked everyone I knew! Either they already went, had tickets, or weren’t interested. Jason was one of the ones who clearly did NOT want to go. However, knowing that I was heartbroken about not having anyone to go with, he made an exception! The concert was AMAZING. I danced, cried, screamed; I felt as if I was 12 years old again going to see them in concert with my grandma. It brought back so many memories and I’m forever thankful for that.

Explore UTSD

In February, I signed up for an event hosted by the Houston Dental School. It was a day full of fun! We heard from the Dean, conversed with other pre-dental students, did hands on activities such as waxing and drilling. Attended panels with practicing dentists and dental students. Overall, it reminded me of my goal and how badly I want to be a student there.  Also, a dental student told me my drilled tooth was the best one she had seen that day; she gave me a B+.

COVID-19

During this pandemic I became unemployed, a class I was taking at my community college was moved online and I got sick. I don’t think I had Covid because it wasn’t down here yet, but the week of my DAT I became super ill. I was throwing up, coughing uncontrollably, runny nose, fever, headache etc. My grandma, a retired nurse, thinks it was a sinus infection but with all the doctors closed at that time and me not having medical insurance I had to ride it out and hope for the best. I didn’t have enough money to move my exam so I had to brace myself and take it. It was so horrible, I couldn’t think straight! Then… TWO DAYS LATER THEY CANCELLED ALL EXAMS! My luck right? During the pandemic I stayed in touch with my friends through FaceTime and zoom, attended a webinar, took a dental assisting course, did some cross-stitching and started a book club (I’ll do a post on this too).

Dental School

So now that my master’s is done, and I took the DAT, I finally submitted all my dental school applications. It was a tedious process but I feel very accomplished. Now I wait to see if I can get an interview! Keep me in y’alls prayers!

I applied to:

  • Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso-Hunt School of Dentistry, El Paso, TX
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry, Houston, TX
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry, San Antonio, TX
  • Howard University College of Dentistry, Washington, DC
  • Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, Nashville, TN
  • University of New England College of Dental Medicine, Portland, ME
  • The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA
  • LECOM School of Dental Medicine, Bradenton, FL
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, Kansas City, MO
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, Downers Grove, IL

That’s all for now! I have a list of posts I’m excited to write! Stay tuned.

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