Iris Wong

Class of 2018

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Molecular and Cell Biology

Studying at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in the DMD Program

Q: Why did you choose to pursue a career in healthcare?

I've always been interested in dentistry and wanted to share with others that going to the dentist isn't scary! I want to educate them on the importance of maintaining healthy oral hygiene because of how closely oral and systemic health are correlated!

Q: What are some meaningful extracurricular activities that you were involved in while at UConn?

I was in the UCMB and have fond memories of being part of such a great group!

Q: What were some challenges you have faced along your healthcare journey so far, and how have you overcome them?

I applied three times and had three gap years since graduating from UConn. I was working at a pediatric physician's office my first year, where I learned how to work efficiently. After getting rejected the second time, I decided to make myself a more competitive applicant by pursuing a Master of Biomedical Sciences in my second and third year.

Q: What are some ways that you take care of your mental health and overall wellbeing?

Surround yourself with good people, be kind to yourself, join and go to the gym, do things that make you happy!

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring pre-health students?

It's a marathon, not a sprint. Be patient, be proactive. If you're passionate about it, you will succeed.

Q: What’s something that you wish you knew when you were in college?

The timeline of when to take the DAT, when to take certain courses, more guidance for applying to dental school in general because I did not realize how insanely competitive it was. I went to advising meetings once a semester and did my best, but it was just a little confusing.