This month we had a very difficult time choosing just one member of the month. When you think about all that these two dental students have done to advance our chapter, we really need no explanation for choosing both Sally Jacob and Neha Mithia, DMD 17's as our September Member(s) of the Month.
As Chair (Jacob) and Vice Chair (Mithia), these ladies have managed to take our Public Relations Committee to the next level in less than a year! Stepping up to the challenge of maintaining our social media accounts with fresh content, updating our website and writing and maintaining our blog, these two have a serious case of #asdafever, and we couldn't be more lucky to have them on our team.
We sat down with Sally and Neha to learn more about them and their experiences in ASDA.
So what's the best part of your work in the PR Committee?
Sally: My favorite part of being on the PR committee is actually going to other ASDA committee events and taking pictures! It’s a great way for me to get involved in the other committees, and to also brag about how great the events were on Facebook.
Neha: The best part of working with the Public Relations Committee is being able to be apart of almost every school event. Even when I can’t physically attend an event, I am virtually there.
When did you realize you caught the ASDA fever? Was there a specific event or person that gave you "the fever"?
Sally: Mike Mayr was the first person to actually really get me to think about joining ASDA. We were both on the New Dentist Committee of MDS, and he asked me why the heck I wasn’t involved, but in a much nicer way hahaha. After that I became the Social Committee Vice Chair and attended the Gold Crown Award Ceremony. After the award ceremony was really when I caught “the fever” and wanted to play a larger role in our chapter. Now here I am, chair of PR!
Neha: It was evident from the day I walked through the doors of BUGSDM that ASDA provides a sense of home. I’ve been an active part of ASDA since 1st year. During 1st year I was a member of the Fundraising Committee. Once I figured out my way around school, I got more involved by joining the Social and Diversity & Inclusion Committees. However, I have to say I really caught ASDA fever during the District 1 Leadership Conference I attended during 2nd year.
When not busy with PR, what activities outside of school do you like doing?
Sally: I really enjoy binge watching shows (my secret addiction), I also enjoy going for runs on the Charles, and napping!
Neha: Outside of school, I enjoy playing tennis and travelling when I can.
What advice would you give to a first year wanting to get involved with ASDA?
Sally: I know first year can be a bit overwhelming with the amount of classes you have and the countless facts you need to memorize, but being involved in something other than studying can actually help you de-stress and refocus on what needs to get done. You don’t have to play a big role in a committee but don’t be afraid to get involved and help out when you can! It’s a great opportunity to meet upperclassmen and develop a new insight on dental school.
Neha: Get involved where you can, even if it is as a general member. It is a great way to meet new people in your year as well as in upper years.
If you see these two in clinic or in the hallway, make sure to give them a high five for all their hard work for our chapter!
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