Name: Bomi Hong
Graduation Year: 2017
Hometown: Broomall, PA
Combining her interest in science and art, Bomi Hong knew that she wanted to enter the field of dentistry after college.
“Since high school, I knew I was good at the sciences because these classes could actually keep me interested. I also started dabbing in some extracurricular activities that involved hand dexterity and realized that I enjoyed using my hands as well,” says Bomi. “When I combined those two passions, I started thinking about going into dentistry, a science-focused career that consists of working with your hands 24/7.”
As a Summer of Service intern, Bomi was able to get her first taste of working in the field of dentistry. She spent summer 2014 interning at Kids Smiles, a nonprofit organization that provides dental treatments and education to children without access to dental care in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Teaching Teeth: I’ve had a great experience teaching kids about dental care, especially in the underprivileged areas where kids might not be knowledgeable about the importance of proper oral hygiene. These kids come from homes where dental care isn't on top of their parents' worry list, as parents are too focused on or stressed about their financial difficulties.
Empowering Through Education: My job during the summer is to educate children while they are in the waiting room. The lessons I teach vary from demonstrating how to brush properly using puppets to playing the interactive “happy tooth, sad tooth” game. I try to get as many kids participating as possible because knowledge is key. By providing children with information related to teeth, they can then make informed decisions about the choices they make, even a simple one such as brushing their teeth twice a day.
Why Bryn Mawr: I chose Bryn Mawr because of the beautiful campus and the great reputation it has, especially with its science programs. I also thought attending a prestigious liberal arts college like Bryn Mawr would not only further spark my interest in the sciences but also improve my critical analyzing abilities.
Favorite Professor: Truthfully, I liked all my professors. They always offer office hours for students who were struggling and because Bryn Mawr is such a small school, I could have a one-on-one connection with them, which other larger colleges or universities can’t provide for me.
Your Campus Spot: The hammocks right in front of Canaday Library. Who doesn't want to lounge around under the lofty, beautiful trees surveying Bryn Mawr's beautiful campus?
Lifelong Connections: Because of the Tri-Co, I’m not just at Bryn Mawr. I can also go to Haverford or Swarthmore if there are activities I want to participate in. I’m making connections and resources with all three colleges that I can rely on after I graduate to help me find a job.