Update: Married and Loving it!

Things couldn’t be better! I’ve been too busy to post stuff lately due to student senate, college, and of course Mike, in my life. Speaking of…

On choosing my career

People ask me from time to time, “How did you decide what career you wanted to pursue?” or “Why did you choose Dental Hygiene?”
My simple answer is that I just one day decided that was what I wanted to do with my life. To help people, to have a respectable job and all the benefits which go hand in hand with that. A career in Dental Hygiene pays well and I would be able to help a variety of people.
All in all, Dental Hygiene is a great field to get into. They make a comfy salary. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a dental hygienist in the United States was $68,680 in 2010. That’s about $33 per hour.
One of my major deciding factors involving my choice to return to college was that I had just lost my job. I started working at North Star Health and Fitness in March of 2008. By 2010 I was a general manager and things were great. I loved my job and had no problem cleaning and maintaining things even though I wasn’t a janitor. I loved being around the members of the club; sharing in their victories in weight loss and fitness. I had what I thought was a good relationship with my bosses.
All was snatched away when the new gym owners wanted to hire different people. It didn’t seem to matter how long I had worked there or how good of a worker I was. Regardless of the reason. I found my self fired with little explanation and no prior notice. Oh and the kicker was that everyone (and I mean everyone from the clerks right down to the maintenance and the building owner) knew I was going to be fired two weeks before I actually was. No one told me and I felt betrayed by all involved. Believing animosities remaining: I have not returned to the gym since then, even though I dearly miss it.
I needed to turn my life around. To find a job where I would be valued as an individual and not just a number. When I saw what kinds of things Dental Hygienists do, I knew I could learn to do those things too. A lifetime of tinkering with sewing as well as jewelry crafting has given me nimble fingers for doing tedious work. My several years of jobs involving customer service have given me a talent for helping people and putting others at ease in a professional setting.
I understand and sympathize with the fact that Dental work and even simple checkups can be very costly if one has no insurance. A dream of mine is to one day work for or operate a dental facility which offers discounted service. At $33 an hour, how could I not afford to help people out?