I may be going through my quarter-life crisis. After 10 years of tunnel-vision determination to get into dental school, I’m here… and I’m struggling with how to keep going. I have wanted to be an orthodontist from the moment I sat staring at my new teeth in the passenger’s seat visor mirror of my mother’s Camry in 2003. Fast forward 11 years and I will compose my application for orthodontic residency in roughly 15 months. I have that long to get interesting again.
I didn’t expect this to be an issue for me. Throughout high school and college it was easy to stand out. Be the geeky athlete, the sports-loving chemist, the small-town public-schooled girl at a country club university, the girl with hot pink nails and chalk covered hands, the spear throwing vegetarian, the tall, dark-featured sister. Now I’m a dental student. All of the things that make me interesting are things I used to do–and that’s kind of boring.
It’s time to decide how I want to reinvent my interesting. How to make myself stand out. Those who interest me are passionate, knowledgeable, and mysterious risk takers, trend setters, relationship builders… It’s time for some soul searching.