Ms. Blunt, a 2010 program participant at the University of Louisville. She graduated from Hampton University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in biology and a concentration in ecology. Today, she is a dental student at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry.

What led to your interest in a health profession?

As a child, I was horrified of the dentist, but that prospective changed once I met my orthodontist in the 7th grade. I had braces for two years and it totally changed my smile and my outlook on dentistry. Since that day, I knew I wanted to give the masses that same blessing and change of perspective.

What obstacles did you overcome in your education or career journey?

I changed my major of chemistry to biology my junior year of undergraduate school. Because I made this change in my junior year, I had to work hard to graduate on time. As a result, I had to take 19-21 credit hours every semester which did not allow me the time to properly apply for dental school and take the DAT. The reality of that fact was devastating initially, but in retrospect the year off from school was everything I needed. God always know what he is doing!

What makes your story unique?

When traveling to and from school during the holidays, I would take a detour and drive by Meharry Medical College. I would always pray and tell God how much I wanted to go there for dental school. My aspiration never wavered and God saw fit.

What surprised you the most about professional school?

The course load was definitely the most surprising. Taking 42-47 credit hours a semester can be overwhelming, but then you realize there are more than enough hours in a day. It is all about maximizing your time to the fullest.

If you had the opportunity to talk to a health profession student, what would you tell him/her?

It is easier said than done, but try not to stress too much. You will experience challenges that will develop you, but those challenges will pass. Do your best, and remember to live your life!

Do you remember your first day of graduate studies? What memory stands out the most?

Meharry has a unique tradition of celebrating dental students who complete their first practicum of dental school in gross anatomy. We were greeted and cheered on by 2nd year dental students which embodied the family atmosphere of Meharry. It was great!