Amari McMahon

Amari McMahon
Class of 2024
Amari McMahon
DDS Program
Undergrad: Biology, The Ohio State University
Hometown: Dublin, OH
Why I chose The Ohio State University College of Dentistry:

I wanted to become a dentist because of the effect that dentistry had on me when I was growing up. Watching my smile and teeth transform was very intriguing and satisfying to me as an adolescent. I went through many procedures and traumas that struck my interest, and they ultimately led me to make the decision to achieve my dream of choosing a career in the dental field. 

 

Question What is your favorite class?
Answer

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Question What are three things people should know about you?
Answer
  1. The first thing people should know about me is that I love being around my classmates and close friends. I am a very extroverted individual and love bringing out the best in people and seeing others succeed, whether in life or in the classroom.
  2. Secondly, I used to play football for The Ohio State University. It was truly one of the best times of my life that has strengthened me as man and has allowed me to build connections and lifelong friendships. Being a part of a team of that caliber really showed me how important teamwork and communication will be when I become a dentist one day and have to make the best decisions that better my team as a whole.
  3. Lastly, I love music and am constantly listening to it or playing it. I enjoy playing piano and guitar when I have the time, or just putting my headphones in and relaxing while I study or work out. Music allows me to really focus on myself.
Question What's something you enjoy doing outside of the dental program?
Answer

Outside of the dental school I enjoy an active fitness lifestyle, hanging out with my classmates in a non-dental setting, and spending time with my family whenever I can see them. 

Question What's your best advice for succeeding in dental school?
Answer

My best advice for succeeding in dental school is to separate school from your personal life. By maintaining a stable personal life and prioritizing my mental health, I found this to directly correlate to how well I do in school. Taking breaks and putting school away for a minute goes a long way to alleviate stress and will continue to optimize your potential as a dental student.

Question What do you wish you knew as in incoming dental student?
Answer

Prior to beginning dental school, I wish I knew that it was okay to be overwhelmed during the multiple semesters and that everyone is going through it with you. I have always been fairly good at managing my time wisely with school and social life, but when beginning dental school, it seemed that it was always school. You feel as if you are always behind, but in reality, you are trying to be the best you can be in your career. Looking through a positive lens brings that overwhelming feeling into perspective, and although it does not go away, you create a different mindset that will benefit you during your journey through dental school.