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February Alumni Spotlight Jenna Adkins Bastian

jenna adkins bastianJenna (Adkins) Bastian, University of Utah School of Dentistry

Jenna describes herself as loving, determined, and excited

Jenna graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science Studies and a minor in Biology in May of 2018. During her time at Boise State University, Jenna was a member of the Honors College and also took advantage of a variety of extracurriculars offered to students such as Partnership Jamaica (leadership and volunteer), Alpha Chi Omega (leadership and community), and served as the Secretary of Academic Affairs for ASBSU. From the town of Twin Falls, Jenna now finds herself in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah School of Dentistry knee-deep in dental school books but knowing that her education will make a difference. Below are a few questions and Jenna’s responses:

What is it like being a Dental Student during a pandemic?

I don’t think I can put this into words! Challenging, confusing, uncertain (as if the dental school couldn’t be any harder). But you are not alone, we are all unsure of what the future will look like and this has given us a sense of teamwork and community that we wouldn’t have had before. It is an honor to be in healthcare. We have the opportunity to make a difference especially in times like these when we are needed the most.

What do you think was the most important experience you had at Boise State?

Every single one of them. They were all unique and it is important to do different things that will challenge you and keep you well-rounded.

What resources did you use at Boise State to prepare you for your dental career?

Career Center! And Academic Advising.

Do you think Boise State prepared you for your professional school career?

Yes. I would strongly recommend that you take part in as many recommended courses as you can fit in your schedule. At the time Boise State offered a course like “head and neck anatomy”-I would love to come back and teach this when I am a dentist!

What would you tell yourself now knowing what you know now about applying to dental school?

Enjoy the process. Be confident in your unique story and always know why you do what you do. Ask yourself do you love what you do?

What do you wish you would have known before becoming a dental student?

There are times when it can be very isolating-make sure you connect with the people at your school and get involved in any way you can. You cannot do it alone!

Would you like to learn more from Jenna Bastian, please email Erin Colburn for her contact information.