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Juliane Harmon

"Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it. I was interested in dentistry early in undergrad until someone told me how hard it was to get in and my grades weren't good enough and I canned the idea all together. After graduation my opportunity came back around when I began working as a dental assistant and decided that no matter how hard it was I was going to do it, and here I am, halfway done with dental school!"

Hometown: North Tonawanda, New York

Undergrad: Mercyhurst University

If you were stranded on an island what dental instrument would you choose to have and why?

I would have to go with a lab knife, not the dull one I received in my kit this year, but a brand new one would be quite handy for harvesting and cutting up food that I found. 

What has been your favorite class in dental school so far?

Gross anatomy, because there are not very many opportunities in life to see the inside of the human body.

Why UB School of Medicine?

I chose UB because I could be close to home during school. I have a love hate relationship with Buffalo (love the summer, hate when it snows in May) but having my family here to help me and support me through these very challenging years is worth the unpredictable weather here in Buffalo. Buffalo is nicknamed the city of good neighbors and I find that that doesn't stop when you enter the doors of Squire Hall, there is a nice neighborly atmosphere among everyone in the school which makes the pain of dental school hurt a little less. 

What student organization(s) you are part of?

I was the Historian for my class for two years and ASDA for a year but recently took over the duty of being chair for the UB Run for Smiles 5k!

What is your favorite tooth?

Number 13 because I got to do my first filling on tooth number 13, how lucky!

What is your advice for students interested in dentistry?

Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it. I was interested in dentistry early in undergrad until someone told me how hard it was to get in and my grades weren't good enough and I canned the idea all together. After graduation my opportunity came back around when I began working as a dental assistant and decided that no matter how hard it was I was going to do it, and here I am, halfway done with dental school!