Welcome to TUSDM Class of 2026!
Meet Our Executive Board!
My name is Jaylon Johnson and I am honored to serve as the D26 Class President. I am a native of Thomson, GA and was raised in Augusta, GA. I received my first degree in Biology from Morehouse College in 2020, and I also received a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University’s BMS program in 2022. Outside of studying, I am a photographer, an avid reader, I play basketball, and a huge Celtics fan! I have aspirations to one day open a steakhouse and my own dental practice! The D26 class is creative, vibrant, and genuine, and I am honored to represent us!
As a member of the D’26 Executive Board, I promise to work diligently to make sure you feel heard and valued. Thank you so much for the opportunity to represent and advocate for our class. I hope to make the next few years fun and as productive as possible!
My name is Timothy Rey and I am extremely fortunate to call myself Treasurer for the class of 2026. I am from Wellesley, MA and went to Loyola University Maryland, graduating in 2020. I love to read and run, and always enjoy a weekend at home with my family. (I am a homebody!) I love watching sports, basketball and soccer are my two favorites. I try to pride myself on being approachable and want everyone to feel comfortable coming to me with questions or concerns!
- Patient Care Quality Assurance Committee Representative: Grace Davis
- Curriculum Committee Representative: Michael Shamouil
- Risk Safety and Infection Control Committee Representative: Yves W Augustin
- Promotions Committee: Love Arobieke
- Ethics Professionalism and Citizenship Committee Representative: Madeleine Buckner-McCurdy
- Outcome Assessment Committee Representative: Aleksja Hoxha
- Research Committee Representative: Ray Kim
- ASDA Class Representative: Stacey Young
- ADEA Class Representative: Jessyca Wofford
- Student Library Advisory Committee Representative: Beshoy Lawindy
- Community Service Chairs: Jamyla Palomar & Rana Sultan
Advice from the D25’s to Survive D1
“Budget your time to allow for school work and self care!”
“Believe in yourself! We are all chosen to be here for a reason. On good days celebrate that, and on rough days believe it even harder. Congratulations on being accepted into the D’26 class and welcome to the TUSDM family!”
“Do 1 activity a week that brings you happiness! Go on a walk, hang out with friends, etc. ”
“Find YOUR own individual balance”
“Take it one day at a time. Study hard but still make time to enjoy other things and have fun.”
“Do not compare yourself to the people around you. It is all about personal growth!”
Always believe in yourself! Don’t compare yourself to others; connect with you classmates to remain encouraged and reminded that you are not alone. Stay organized and prioritize your health!
“Remember that a grade does not define how great of a dentist you will become. Try your best, work hard, and find what works for you. It is a transition, and it is okay to feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. Eventually, you will get into a routine, you will find your best study habits, and you will get better. Remember that everything happens for a reason and do not give up. God has your back, and has gotten you this far, he will not abandon you now. ”
“Try to attend live lectures or watch the lectures during the allotted time. It’s easy to fall behind and you’ll lose time you could have used to study/review, catching up. This can also help you better manage your time and incorporate self-care habits like going to the gym, exploring Boston, etc. A well balanced academic/leisure lifestyle is key for succeeding your first year.”
“Maintain your schedule, it seems relaxed at first but then it picks up and then boom, you are a real D1. Plan family trips acocrdingly, you cannot miss exams for every event. Seek out help from D2s, D3s they are really helpful and have great resources. Talk to other students when you are struggling, trust me we all have in some way and can help by just having a listening ear or give sound advice. Make sure to do review office hours and review sessions they are really helpful for your success. Take advantage of all learning opportunties that will help you excel and grow in your future career. Try study groups but if it doesnt work do what works for you. Ask for help in operative from D2s and up, we all have been there and needed help organizing our locker to helping doing a CLASS II restoration, we got your back and want you to succeed. AND YOU WILL!”
“Welcome to your first year of dental school! Please be open to asking for help and never assume that you will be a burden (especially in Operative). You have been provided with all the resources and people to help you succeed, so please rely upon them (especially with organizing your materials, ask your Big). Please don’t underestimate your ability and honestly focus solely on all materials provided by your professors, primarily lecture reviews. Keep a strong head on your shoulders, and don’t let anyone else worries sway or influence the decisions you make. Some classmates might be exacerbating their success at specific tasks, so never be hard on yourself. Try not to fall behind in lectures, but if you do, make sure to utilize TA reviews and professor reviews if you are in a time crunch. Also, it might take some time, but please find the best way to learn and master the material, then stick to that method that works best for you. My first-year spring semester was a success once I blocked out all the noise and found the most suitable way that works for my learning process. Last, make sure that you enjoy every moment of this first year.”