Annual Session Boston: Christine and Jamie’s favorite moments

This is the first of post series from our Annual Session attendees! In this one, Christine and Jamie- our D1 representatives- share their favorite moments from ASDA. Enjoy! ~Yesle

From L: Christine, Kristianne, Liz, and Rebekkah
From L: Rebekkah, Jamie, Kristianne, MJ

I had a great time attending Annual Session in Boston this year. It was exciting to see what ASDA is really about and how every chapter works together to meet their goals. I really enjoyed attending the breakout sessions discussing topics relevant to dentistry today. We generated a lot of fun ideas to bring back to our own chapter at Penn. Another highlight of the trip was attending social events at night with the rest of the Penn ASDA crew. We met so many other dental students at schools across the country during a tour of Harpoon Brewery and at the gala on the final night of the conference. Overall, it was a great experience and I hope to attend Annual Session next year. ~Christine Espito D’18, D1 representative

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The Penn group: (first row from L) Kristianne, Rebekkah, Jamie, (second row from L) Anu, Liz, Meg, MJ, Dave

At Annual Session I had a great four days getting to meet and interact with over 600 dental students from across the country! It is hard to pick just one favorite moment but my absolute favorite part was the Advocacy breakout session. In smaller groups, we discussed a number of ways we can decrease dental student apathy and increase awareness of what is going on in Washington DC and in each of our respective state capitols. We brainstormed about these efforts and shared how different schools hosted events to increase awareness of issues surrounding our field. Because I’ll be heading to DC in June to serve as one of the American Dental Association ADPAC Interns, I knew attending this session would fuel my passion for advocacy- and it definitely did! I’m really excited to start a number of efforts here at Penn to spread the word about how we as dental students can start affecting our profession today. ~Jamie Lowstetter D’18, D1 representative