We asked Elena to give us a summary of what inspired her to become a dental hygienist, and she shared an inspiring story:
"A long time ago, before I emigrated from Russia to America, I volunteered for an organization serving the geriatric community in my hometown of Yekaterinburg, Russia. Through this experience, I met dentists and dental hygienists who served the needs of older adults. At the time, I saw these dental professionals work magic. They were able to, on the spot, make older people healthier, physically and emotionally. In Russia, working with the geriatric community does not bring prestige, or money. It is something people do because they want to help the most unprotected stratum of our society. Seeing this for myself, I realized how wonderful it could be to be able to help geriatric people in the same way. It inspired me.
A few years ago, due to circumstance, I emigrated from Russia and resettled in the United States. To achieve my goal of becoming a Dental Hygienist in this country, I began intensively studying English. Afterwards, when I enrolled in college, I was placed on the Dean's honor list and earned an award for best overall student. During this time I worked as a Dental Assistant for approximately two years.
Currently, I am a Dental Hygiene student at the New York City College of Technology. The reason I chose to work in a service profession is because I believe success is made up of the smallest details. A successful society is composed of the well-being of each individual. As a Dental Hygienist I know I that am just an individual, but I can help build a healthier society, and do my part to make it better.”
We thank you for sharing your story with us, Elena. We are so proud of you!