DTA Foundation and Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation Scholarship Recipient Kathleen Aguilar, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Dental school is a very busy time, why did you decide to commit so much of your time to helping the community?
I find my identity in service. I came from a service-driven background when I arrived at dental school, and my first order of business was discovering what volunteer opportunities were offered at Loma Linda, knowing that Loma Linda is service-minded. I’ve learned how to manage my time in college with all my extracurricular activities and community service, so the transition to the demands of dental school was not a factor. Volunteering is a hobby for me, just like running may be for another, and you just make time for what you’re passionate for. You make it happen, especially because I know what I’m doing not only satisfies me but also impacts another person in need or motivates another person to do the same giving.