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Meet Scholar Olga Gorokhovskiy from City Tech

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Monday, July 1, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Olga Gorokhovskiy is a recently graduated JFEW Scholar from the dental hygiene program at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

We caught up with Olga about her life as a Scholar in the JFEW City Tech program. Here is what she told us.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

OG: Being in the dental hygiene program is not the first college experience for me. But this is the first time when I get to be not only a student, but a wife and a mom at the same time. And I need to say it is quite a challenge to manage. The program taught me several very meaningful lessons, but the two main ones are to  always keep focused on your goal and manage your time, efforts and inner resources accordingly to be sure you can go the distance and second, how unbelievably valuable the support of friends and family is when you go after a dream.

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of?

OG: During my time in the program, I consider my greatest accomplishment the fact that I was not only good enough to get in and keep up, but also being good (and lucky) enough to qualify for a scholarship and two separate internships in the process.

JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

OG: In addition to the absolutely invaluable hands-on clinic experience I was exposed to through my internship (as part of the JFEW program), I learned the importance of support in helping me achieve my goals and prove to myself and everyone that I’m not only a wife and a mother, but also an educated, valuable professional with so much potential. I am extremely grateful to JFEW for the opportunity I was given to help develop my potential energy into “kinetic” energy and move towards my goals.

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

OG: I want to work as a full-time dental hygienist after graduation. I want to get as much clinic experience as I can. 

 

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Meet Scholar Rebecca Leger, Future Hygienist, from New York City College of Technology​

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Rebecca Leger is currently finishing up a degree in Biology at New York City College of Technology. We talked to her as she is finishing up the year about what it has been like for her as a JFEW Scholar.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

RL: One of the most meaningful lessons I have learned while in college is the importance of time management. When I first started school I was really bad at waiting for the last minute to study or write a paper. I made a promise to myself to start working and studying for things weeks in advance. That way I wouldn't have a lot of work to complete as the deadline or test approaches.

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of? 

RL: During my time in college, the thing I am most proud of is completing my bachelor’s degree in Biology in four years. This is important to me because when I was a freshman, my adviser told me I wouldn't graduate in four years because most people in this major don't. 

JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

RL: Being a JFEW Scholar has taught me to believe in myself and to work hard towards my goals despite the many obstacles that I have faced in my life. Being a JFEW Scholar means that I am paving a path in which many young girls may follow. As a scholar, I represent the progress for young women like myself to achieve their goals.

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

RL: I envision myself working as a hygienist providing quality health care to people in my community. I hope I will be able to help my brother finish his education.

 

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Meet Scholar Roseanna Torres from New York City College of Technology

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

 

 

JFEW Scholar Roseanna Torres is in the dental hygiene program at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). She says she owes so much of her success to the fact that she has had a mentor all along the way. By being open to radical changes and possibilities, her definition of success has never been clearer than it is now. She told us, “It's the feeling that you get when you have a positive impact on someone's life. Whether it is my patients, fellow students or coworkers - there is no greater feeling of success for me. It is this vision that has inspired me to pursue a higher level of education to eventually become a professor of dental hygiene instruction. “

We loved speaking to Roseanna. She’s an inspiration. Here are more snippets from our conversation about life as student and what her hopes are for beyond college.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

RS: The most meaningful lesson that I have learned while in college is that it is better to be valued than to be successful according to today's standards. I have been very fortunate to have great mentors available to me throughout my journey in the dental hygiene program. One of my mentors, who is both a clinical professor and instructor, has been an extremely influential part of my growth and development throughout the program. She has inspired me to further pursue my education and has shown me a world of possibilities for future career advancement beyond being a dental hygienist. She has also influenced me to redefine what being successful means to me.

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of? 

RS: Thus far, my greatest accomplishment during my time in college was being selected as the 2018-2019 NYDHA Student Delegate. NYDHA (New York State Dental Hygiene Association) is a chapter of the ADHA (American Dental Hygiene Association). NYDHA is a professional association that represents dental hygienists in New York State. They develop and maintain high standards for dental hygiene education, licensure and practice through legislative activity, ongoing education of dental hygienists, and collaborative endeavors with regulatory agencies and other professional associations.  I traveled to Syracuse for the award and was extremely grateful for this experience and very proud to represent City Tech's program.

JFEW: What’s the most important thing you learned by participating in the JFEW program?

RS: The most important thing that I learned by participating in the JFEW program is that I have an obligation to conduct myself with the highest level of professionalism attainable at all times and to lead by example. The JFEW summer internship program was a crucial part of my development as a clinician. I worked in a private dental practice where I had the privilege of being mentored by a highly skilled dental hygienist. Participating in this internship completely validated my career choice and even further fueled my passion for patient care. 

Being a JFEW scholar has been a great privilege that I am very proud of. 

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

RS: I plan to further my education by attaining my bachelor's and then master's degrees. I envision myself working as a clinician who is exposed to a wide variety of patients and who maintains the highest ethical standards for their care and treatment. I also plan on continuing to be an active member of NYDHA, hopefully eventually serving as a board member. The advancement of the dental hygiene profession is extremely important to me and I hope to be a part of its progression and positive change. Additionally, I hope to remain involved on some level with City Tech's dental hygiene department by helping to increase awareness of our clinic and supporting student clinician professional development. My long term goal is to become an educator and to hopefully have students of my own. If I can inspire just one student the way that I have been inspired, then I have certainly succeeded.

 

 

 

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Meet Scholar Jennifer Santos, Future Radiologist, from New York City College of Technology

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

 Jennifer Santos

Jennifer Santos, a current JFEW Scholar, goes to the New York City College of Technology where she is enrolled in the Radiology Program.

We talked to Jennifer about her current experience as a JFEW Scholar and what it means to her.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

JS: The most meaningful lesson I have learned during my college career thus far is that growth is uncomfortable and in order to become the greatest person I can be, I had to go through hard situations that would inevitably take me to the finish line, which is graduating college. Studying and pushing myself to stay above water when things were hard, going out of my way to sign up for scholarships and find internships, doing more than what was expected of me.Those things were uncomfortable but it was okay because I knew growth and success would come out of it. 

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of? 

JS: The accomplishment during my time in college I am most proud of is graduating with my Associate’s Degree and being able to get into the Radiology Program at City Tech! 

JFEW: What’s the most important thing you learned by participating in the JFEW program? 

JS: The most important thing I learned by participating in the JFEW program is that there are people who are here to help us and root for us as college students. We know that we should not be afraid to reach out when in distress or during times of confusion.

Being a JFEW scholar means a lot to me. It’s not only helping me out financially, it’s letting me know that I have advisors and people that care and want to see me achieve just as badly as I do . I feel involved and welcomed in a community. 

JFEW: What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

JS: The scholarship helped me tremendously. Knowing that I had the support from all ends has kept me motivated. 

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

JS: When I graduate, I envision myself working as a Radiology Tech in a great hospital helping out and bettering, not only my patients but myself as a person. I hope to help people during the time they need it the most and further my education as much as possible at the same time! I want to continue on to getting my bachelors. 

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Meet Scholar Angel Lee from New York City College of Technology

Posted By Holly Rosen Fink, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Angel Lee is studying dentistry at New York City College of Technology (City Tech). She is inspiring! Angel is pursuing her dream to become a dental hygienist when she graduates. She told us that it has been her dream since she was a little girl.

We caught up with Angel about her life as a JFEW Scholar and here is what she told us.

JFEW: What has been the most meaningful lesson you have learned or experience that you have had while in college?

AL: During my time in college, one of the most meaningful lessons that I have learned is to not let small matters ruin the bigger picture. Another saying is: don’t sweat the small stuff.  I cannot emphasize enough the importance of only controlling what I can and not stressing over things that are beyond my control.  While it is important to self-reflect and reassess the situation, I realized that it is unhealthy to beat myself up for something that had already happened. 

For example, if I did not do as well as I hoped on an exam, I should not dwell on my marks – but instead, I should focus on how to do better on the next exam.  The bigger picture is to use what I learned in the academic setting and apply it to the “real world.”  It is more crucial to attain a skill set and build an enjoyable career path than dwell over an exam score.    

JFEW: What accomplishment during your time in college are you proudest of?

AL: While I am very proud of my academic achievements in a rigorous program, I am most proud of the friends and connections I’ve made during my time in college.  As a dental hygiene student, I was constantly juggling classes, clinic, exams, deadlines, program requirements, etc.  I was stressed and overwhelmed, but I have persevered and am now looking forward to my final semester as a dental hygiene student.  Not only did it take my personal efforts to get to this point, but I also relied on my family, friends, and peers to achieve my goals.  My dental hygiene friends are my biggest support system and kept me grounded.  We created a bond through studying, laughing, and stressing together.  Years later, I hope to remember more fond memories of friendship than the rigor of studying and sleepless nights. 

JFEW: What’s the most important thing you learned by participating in the JFEW program (the scholarship, workshops and/or internships)? What does being a JFEW Scholar mean to you?

AL: Through the JFEW program, I learned that I am not alone; I am financially and professionally supported by the JFEW team.  As a JFEW Scholar, I was very fortunate to be able to intern at a hospital’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department.  I was able to work with patients who needed dental hygiene services and see how dentists and oral surgeons work in a hospital setting.  The most rewarding experience is to hear patients’ encouraging and positive remarks after working with them.  I learned that patients do not only value the professionals’ skill set, but they also value the professionals’ sincerity and care. If the healthcare provider treats patients with empathy and kindness, then patients will be more compliant.  However, if the patient does not feel respected despite the healthcare provider’s high skill set, then the patient will be unhappy regardless. 

JFEW: How do you envision your future when you graduate? What do you hope to do?

 AL: After I graduate, I wish to obtain my professional license and begin my career as a registered dental hygienist.  I want to educate the population of the connection between dental hygiene and systemic health and its importance and use my skills and knowledge togive back to the community and serve those in need.  Additionally, after graduation, I wish to enjoy my life a bit more – since I have spent most of my time with my textbooks during the school years.  I hope to spend more time with my loved ones and travel more. 

 

 

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