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 was 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.