Things I'm Looking Forward to During My D1 Year

Written by: Josie Tokarev

Josie is a D1 and the new associate on MU ASDA’s Personal Finance Committee. Continue reading to find out what she’s most looking forward to during her D1 year!


Just last year around this time, the Baby Blues were whizzing around attending interviews with the hopes of getting into dental school. Here we are now, just two weeks after our white coat ceremony with our first perio basic skills exam and first round of exams quickly approaching. Despite how much of our schedule is about to pick up, I am so excited for our D1 year! Here are some of the things I’m most looking forward to.

Bonding with my class

There is no doubt that dental school will be difficult. Luckily, during orientation I met so many wonderful people who are now my classmates. Since classes have started, I have found a group to navigate the school day with, hung out with my incredible Pod, and spent some more quality time with my PESP family. I can’t wait to share some more experiences with these awesome humans who make the schedule and responsibilities that much easier to tackle.


Picking Up a Handpiece

During undergrad I volunteered as a dental assistant for a non-profit mobile dental truck. By my senior year, I was getting antsy and couldn’t wait to be the one sitting on the other side of the chair. Since Marquette is a very clinically-based school, we will get the chance to get up close and comfortable with our handpieces during our D1 year. It gets us one step closer to seeing real patients!


I’m originally from Miami and I loved having the opportunity to grow up there. One thing I will say is, flights to most states take longer and when you want to take a road trip, it takes an inordinate amount of time just to leave the state of Florida! Because we will spend most of our days and nights studying for exams, I am hoping to take advantage of any free time by travelling. I’m looking forward to being able to take more day trips to Chicago. After attending a friend’s wedding recently, I also realized how affordable tickets from Milwaukee to Denver are.


Being Involved

The more involved I am in school activities, the easier it is for me to stay connected with my academics. This summer I was able to attend an ASDA retreat and I am so glad I did. I’m now an associate in the Personal Finance committee and we have several people excited about getting together to learn as much as we can. I am also the D1 class representative for the Hispanic Student Dental Association, which is making a comeback. HSDA is important to me because my goal is to give back to the same type of communities I was raised in. You don’t have to be Hispanic to join; you just need a desire to serve, so I’m looking forward to getting more of my class involved as well.  

What are you excited for this year?