Attending Annual Session allowed me many opportunities that I am very thankful for. Having served as the Membership Chair for our own ASDA branch last year, I arrived in Boston eager to discuss membership issues and share ideas with leaders at the other colleges across the country. Over a couple of networking lunches and dinners, I gathered a number of potential ideas to implement here at OSU from several student leaders of schools ranging from Houston to Nebraska. I also attended a break-out session one morning devoted to Membership planning, and I am excited to share what I learned with Mike Vieth, our new Membership Chair.
Annual Session also allowed me to gain a more complete insight into how ASDA works on a national scale, and how the leadership is split up and decided. It was interesting (and entertaining) to watch each of the candidates for president, vice president, and speaker of the house answer questions and speak their cases in front of all of the 600 plus ASDA leaders that were in attendance. I think the greatest benefit I took out of attending Annual Session, though, is the so-called “ASDA fever” that I caught the first night of the session and still, remarkably, have going strong. The energy and enthusiasm that everyone had for organized dentistry and improving our profession was contagious. It was inspiring to see students from all over coming together to share ideas and work towards unified goals. I am very thankful and humbled to have been given the chance to attend Annual Session. I left Boston with a greater knowledge of ASDA on a national scale, and a stronger direction of how I want to lead our chapter here at Ohio State over the coming year.
By: David Gorenz, Class of 2017