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August 7, 2017


FullSizeRender 2 Jessica ParamoBefore I entered college, I grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan called Charlevoix. While in high school, I took a health occupations class which allowed me insight into multiple medical departments, including dentistry. I graduated in 2015 and began my college career at Oakland University in Rochester Hills. I was between a few different career choices ranging from business to teaching but always keeping the medical field in mind.  After my first semester at Oakland, I discovered that dental hygiene had a little piece of everything I was looking for and started working toward it. Oakland doesn’t offer a hygiene program, so I looked at my options and U of M was at the top of my list. Along with providing a comfortable lifestyle, this career allows you to educate, learn a skill and work as a team, which are three aspects I feel are important.  A big source of my interest in hygiene comes from growing up around the field. This was a leading inspiration for me in making my decision. I’ve spent time working in a dental office and it has allowed me to get a good look at what is really expected of a hygienist. This experience was key to giving me a view of what my future could potentially look like, and it solidified my idea that becoming a hygienist would lead to the life I want.


Photo courtesy Petoskey News-Review

Outside of schoolwork, I have a lot of different interests. Playing sports has always been something that I’ve carried with me. Tennis specifically has been the sport that has had the biggest impact on me. During my two years at Oakland University, I played on the club tennis team and got to play all around the midwest. I grew up learning the sport from my parents alongside my two sisters, and I’m happy to always have someone to hit with. In the summer, I love to paddle-board and spend time outside as much as possible. My fall Saturdays have been spent attending U of M football games since I was young, and some of my fondest memories have taken place during those days. My family and close friends are also very important to me, and their support in helping me reach my goals has been essential.

I am excited and thankful to take the next step at the University of Michigan. I have no doubt that I will walk away from this program with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career, while keeping the values of being a Wolverine close to heart.

Jessica Paramo is an incoming DH2 student who starts Orientation TODAY!  Go #Classof2020!!


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