Dental Assistant, San Antonio - San PedroMiranda


“I came here a year after high school. I was just working. I wanted to start my career and establish myself.

My first day of school was good. Everybody was greeting us. They have this big cheer in here. You stand in the hallway and they do these crazy hands and go, ‘Ahhhh!’ as you walk under them. It’s fun. I was excited to start.

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I love the teachers here. They have been really good. The clinic teachers were good, too. The doctors were really helpful, and the students were awesome. I made really good friends.

The toughest thing I’ve done is make temporary crowns. You have to hand-sculpt it and shape it. It’s pretty cool. You cement it on a person’s tooth. You use an impression, and then it becomes a kind of paste, and it molds and hardens. I never thought I’d be doing that. I didn’t know we could. I also was surprised to learn about lingual braces. They go inside the mouth, behind the teeth. I never thought I would be putting on braces. I never thought about it when I was younger, but now I look at everyone’s teeth.

“I never thought about it when I was younger, but now I look at everyone’s teeth.”

I was externing at an oral surgeon’s office, and I really wanted to work in oral surgery but they were already full. So I was looking for about a week. I had two interviews and then one hired me. I am now working at a general dentistry office, but the dream is to work at an oral surgeon’s office.

My boyfriend is a big supporter. He’s my right hand. We live together, and he’s been with me through all of these ups and downs. My mom is pretty excited, too. She’s happy because she knows I am going to do good, do better for myself than she had. I am the only one that graduated. My brother didn’t finish high school. So this is new for her. She cried when I graduated high school. My brother is happy, too. He’s like, ‘Oh, you’re going to go out there and make money!’

I am proud of my attendance. I tried really hard to not miss a day because it’s important. It’s a fast program and if you miss it, you’re going to miss out on a lot of things. I was also asked to give the valedictorian speech. That’s nerve-wracking. I am starting it now. It will be about family, obstacles and inspiring the other graduates. I don’t know what I am going to say, yet.

For new students, I’d say don’t be nervous. Just get in there. You know if you want to be here for a reason. Be yourself. Be here. Learn as much as you can.”

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“Always follow your dreams even if it seems as if you could never accomplish them. Nothing is impossible!”

Gisselle, Las Vegas Student

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Rosetta, Fort Worth Student

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Natalie, Indianapolis Student

“As a first-generation American, first-generation college graduate, and having been a young parent, I am motivated to help my students, many of whom share a similar life experience.”

Alex, Chula Vista Campus President

“I was afraid because I have been out of school for a very long time and was doubting myself, but I knew I needed to go back to school.”

Kimberly, Indianapolis Student

“No matter how hard my circumstances were, I never gave up.”

Taviona, Riverside Graduate

“I always wanted to go back to school but it seemed impossible working full-time and taking care of four children. My kids are the reason I chose this field. They have a lot of problems with their teeth, and after so many treatments, I found out this career is very interesting.”

Mirla, Indianapolis Student

“Technology has always interested me, as well as taking things apart and putting them back together.”

Cory, El Paso Instructor

“No matter what difficulties you face in life there is always hope. Tomorrow is another day with new opportunities. Love life, love people, love yourself. You are worth it.”

Amber, Modesto Student

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Jazmine, Fort Worth Student

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Margie, Fort Worth Instructor

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Latanya, CharlotteAdmissions Representative

“I am motivated by my students who are enrolled to make a better life for themselves and their families. It motivates me watching them overcome many life obstacles and cross that finish line and graduate. The strength of my students is amazing!”

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“How can I make a difference today? That’s my daily question. Coming from circumstances that shaped me into who I am today, I want to give back in a way most of us truly need.”

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“I endeavor to remind students that life will happen with or without your personal satisfaction. Do something worthwhile. Do something you love.”

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“My children motivate me. Their father died when they were 7 and 11. Now I must provide a life for them on my own.”

Rachel, Dayton Graduate

“If I can’t be in the Marine Corps anymore and protecting my country, I might as well be protecting people from something else — bad teeth!”

Audrey, Vista Student

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Leonor, Vista Student

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“I came to the United States searching for a future with my husband and two little boys. I wasn't sure how I was going to speak another language or where to start seaching for a job. I learned the language and got more confident about myself, but I felt like I was incomplete. I needed a career.”

Leslie, Laredo Graduate

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Guadalupe, Modesto Student

“I proved to myself that obstacles do come your way, but when you have your mind set on what you want you will achieve it. I’m now a dental assistant!”

Paula, Corpus Christi Graduate

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