Dentistry probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about an art and art history major’s life after college. But that’s exactly the field Mike Powell ’11 wanted to head into.
“What most people don’t realize is that there is a lot of artistry that goes into being a great dentist,” says Powell. “Majoring in art allowed me to develop a keen eye for fine details as well as control of my hands, among other things.”
And, of course, his chemistry minor didn’t hurt either.
“Graduate level science courses are much more difficult than those taken at an undergraduate level,” he says. “So it is definitely important to have a strong basic science education.”
Powell has always been interested in health care. And since the mouth is used in so many aspects of a human’s life, keeping it happy is crucial to maintaining overall bodily health.
“I really like to laugh and smile a lot too, so being able to provide a healthier and better-looking smile for my patients brings me a lot of satisfaction,” he says. “Dentistry also allows me to provide healing to my patients in a hands-on way that not all types of doctors can do.”
Now in his second year at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Powell is about to begin his clinical experience with his own patients. In two years, he will graduate with a doctorate in dental surgery. And afterwards? Well, there are a lot of different practices and specialty programs to consider.
“I haven’t made my definitive choice yet, but as of now I’d like to become a general dentist who focuses his practice on cosmetic dentistry,” says Powell. “I have found a particular passion for cosmetic/esthetic dentistry, probably at least in part to my degree in art from WAC.”
- Major: Art
- Minor: Chemistry
- Concentration: Pre-Dental
- Peer Mentor
- Social Chair: Kappa Sigma Fraternity; Beta Class, March 29, 2008
- Vice President: Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
- Secretary of Service: Student Government Association
- Phonathon Caller
- Student Affairs Assistant
- Organic Chemistry Tutor
Q & A
Hometown? Aston, PA
High School? Delaware County Christian School
Favorite Class at WC? My favorite class at Washington College has been beginning drawing. I love to draw and I learned so many new skills and techniques from Prof. Sears.
Recommended Professor? I definitely recommend Prof. McClure. I had him as a freshman and he is so down to earth, knowledgeable, and connects with his students extremely well. He also challenges his students to view issues in a different light than they may have previously thought about.
If I Were an Animal? I would be a shark! I love the ocean and the beach. They also have an awesome set of teeth (go dentistry!!!) and are dangerous!
One Thing You Shouldn’t Forget to Pack? Definitely don’t forget to bring a microwave! This is essential to every college student!