by Kayleigh DiGiacomo, Liberal Studies
Jaclyn Irvin, an ambitious first year Dental Hygiene student and resident of Lansdale, had quite a rewarding semester. On top of her rigorous, yet rewarding, workload in MCCC’s Dental Hygiene program, she has added the position of 2011-2012 Student Member Liaison to the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association (PDHA) to her resume.
“I love this career path and am very excited to represent fellow DH students,” said Irvin, who was elected to the position during November’s PDHA student meeting.
As Student Member Liaison, Irvin’s responsibilities include attending two Board of Trustees meetings in Harrisburg, sending reports of the meetings to other DH programs in Pennsylvania, managing the Student House, attending conferences on various DH issues, and organizing the PDHA students’ annual meeting in Lancaster.
Irvin anticipates that this position will keep her informed on prevalent issues in the Dental Hygiene field; she looks forward to bringing “current DH issues to [her] fellow classmates.”
Irvin believes that this position will enhance her education and experience at the College
“As PDHA student liaison, I hope to meet different people throughout the state. I can stay up to date on current issues in the dental hygiene field. Hopefully holding this position will give me the opportunity to network and help me in the future,” she said.
Before coming to the College, Irvin attended East Stroudsburg University, hoping to get her degree in Education. However, after rethinking her major and consulting with family members in the dental hygiene field, she decided to apply to the College’s DH program.
This program, which only accepts 21 students per year, caught her attention because of its reputation as providing an “excellent education.” Irvin expresses that, although the course work is difficult and time consuming, she has learned a great deal in her first semester.
Due to the program’s demanding coursework, Irvin does not have much free time to participate in extracurricular activities. However, when she is not working as a waitress at Bertucci’s or busy with school assignments, Irvine enjoys spending time with friends and reading.
As for her future plans, Ivrin hopes to find a job in a private practice, and, eventually, she would like to further her education to explore other dental hygiene related fields.