Monday, April 25, 2011

Graduate of the Class of 2011 - BS, RDH

Here is my final "student" blog entry:  Friday was graduation and it never felt better to walk across the floor KNOWING I had passed everything and was taking my final steps to becoming a hygienist.  This program has been amazing & awful at the same time.  However, I have absolutely no regrets and am so grateful and blessed to have been chosen to complete it.  I'll never forget what Prof. Perry said to us our first few weeks of class. "You worked so hard to get in to this program and now you're gonna work even harder to get out of it" - WOW was that the truth.  All of my hard work, sweat, & tears have paid off.  I am a BS, RDH!  I am so proud of that title. To the future classes at WSU Dental Hygiene: Hold on tight, get you work done, find your patients, read Malamed, and it will all be over before you know it.  When you think you cant do it anymore - just keep going.  I completed this program with a husband who lived in another state because of medical school, therefore acting as a  single mom to a 2 year old and being pregnant, served in the AmeriCorps twice - earning over 1200 volunteer hours, AND I graduated magna cum laude.  Adios WSU.  Thanks for all the memories and friendships I have made along the way.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I passed WREB

Trust me...I could write you a novel about my WREB experience but I think that's all I need to say - after the LONGEST 33 days of my life, I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and yes that includes the POS POC)  And with a much higher score than I thought possible!  If you want to read all the details check out my personal family blog.  CLICK HERE!

Friday, April 15, 2011

This is weird

So today was my last and final day of clinic...I'm not sure how to feel about this.  It's very bitter sweet.  It hasn't hit me yet that I am done with the program and graduating in a matter of 8 days.  This program has been my life for 2 years.  I have ate, slept, breathed, and lived dental hygiene for 2 years straight.  One would think that I'd be so happy to be leaving it behind (and a big part of me is) but the other part is sad and not sure of what I'm going to do with myself now that I have so much free time!  I am one who, apparently, thrives off of a busy busy schedule.  When I don't have 50 things to juggle at once, I get really bored.  One would think: (temporary) single mom, 3 year old (did I mention this 3 year old has the energy level of about ten 3 year olds?), pregnant, and full time school would be enough to allow someone to NEVER get bored...but to be honest, I've been kind of bored ever since boards were over!  Anyway, I'm proud of myself.  I did it.  I have a Bachelors degree in dental hygiene. I didn't even think I'd ever GO to college, let alone one of the best and most demanding hygiene schools in the nation AND come out with a BACHELORS degree!?  Are you kidding me??  School/education is not promoted in my family and I'm pretty sure I am the first female to graduate from a university with a Bachelors within my immediate family.  So I'm proud.  I survived 9 months without my husband (who has his own demanding school schedule that I now get to 110% support HIM in) and I maintained a 3.8 cumulative GPA (magna cum laude).  I did over 1200 hours of service for AmeriCorp (give or take a few...) and I paid for this entire program with scholarships and pell grant (whoot whoot).  Now THATS something to be proud of!  I think I will write one more time before I say my final goodbye...I'm just not ready right now.  I'll post in a week...

This is how we celebrated the end of clinic!

Had to finish up those, oh so important, notes!!!

Marilyn cooking our tortillas!

 Me & my bestie Jenny - how am I going to live without her EVERY day!?
 Our version of Costa Vida Salads mmm mmm mmm!!
 Pregnant & Hungry - MOVE OVER!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cant take anymore

Ok so I was holding off on writing a post until ALL of my exam results were in seems as if WREB is following the "30 day policy" on releasing scores because of the POS POC exam!  So my scores are sitting in the WREB office right now...but do they want to make the lives of dental hygiene students easier or less stressful by releasing them? NO!  They want us to suffer because they cant decide how to grade the new exam that is seriously the stupidest thing I've ever taken.  They are TWO SEPARATE TESTS!  RELEASE THE SCORES ALREADY!!  I'm starting to go a little crazy waiting for these results.  I'm starting to second guess everything I did during the clinical and thinking of all the ways I could have failed it.  #1 way - MISSING CALCULUS!  So...WREB please release the scores already!  Dont wait until the week of graduation.  Stop torturing us!!