Optional Assignment

Throughout the semester, optional assignments were alotted to us students. Yes, they did obviously help us out grade wise, but it broadened our horizons through networking, research, and finding new ways to get information on topics.

One of the optional assignments I took part in was Diigo. It is designed to help people when they research information online, and want to highlight, write, place a post-it, or emphasize a certain part of the source they are viewing. I, however, was not very Diigo friendly, for some reason. I do see how it could be helpful, but I just think that I am going to stick to either printing out my sources and highlighting them on my own, or just viewing them on the screen and not trying to edit it at all for my help. I do not know if it was my computer, Diigo itself, or an unbalanced combination of the two. Diigo is very  neat and convenient I am sure for some people, but I could not get used to it and was not able to use it much.

Another assignment that was optional was to discuss our discipline with a specialist or professor in the field. I am clearly a Pre-dental Biology major and my specialist was less than helpful and cooperative unfortunately. However, when I went home in October, I was lucky enough to meet with Dr. Barry Vlass, a practicing dentist in Roswell, GA. He was very eager to talk to me about Dentistry and his experiences at Georgia Tech and MCG. He has had a very well established practice for over 30 years now, and has run a wonderful business at that. His advice to me was to find a certain something in dentistry, a type of passion that goes beyond the mouth. That, and start to love coffee for the long nights of studying I have in the near future. He was a huge help in finding me the professional journal that I analyzed for the Published discourse report, and found me 3 more Professional journals as well. So thank you do Dr. Barry Vlass for providing me with extensive reading and a deeper, better understanding of dentistry.



So far for the portfolio…

So far for this portfolio we have turned in our Discourse Overview Report which was a file that discussed the language, background, and research that occurs in whatever major that the student is currently studying.

What I found in my area of studying, Pre-Dental Biology, is that the writing is very factual, filled with research and information, and all about informating the patients and fellow workers in the dental field about new and upcoming technology and findings. I learned all about the history of Dentistry dating back to years BC and about the rise of equipment throughout the years. The current agenda created by the American Dental Association (ADA) has allowed all patients and workers in the dental field to catch on, and be aware of all that is planned for the upcoming years in areas of research, technology, and improving public oral health.

Specifically, this year the ADA’s main focus is on making convenient and effective improvements on oral health in the public community, as well as finding ways to help detect and prevent diseases effecting full body health as well.

The discourse overview report was a huge help in understanding my major, how to write in it, and what all to expect in the research aspect of my upcoming years as a pre-dental student.