Hello! My name is Colleen Leong. I am a recent Colorado College (class of 2016) alumna completing my first year of dental school at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (class of 2020).

At Colorado College, I was a Kappa Kappa Gamma and heavily involved in an NSF-funded biophysics research collaboration, among other things. I studied biology, chemistry, and classics. Not wanting to escape the mountains just yet, I found myself just north of Colorado Springs in Denver for dental school immediately after graduation.

I also worked as an Admission Fellow in the Colorado College Office of Admission, interviewing and meeting with nearly two hundred prospective students, helping them navigate the foreign world that is selective college admissions and advocating on their behalf during reading season and committee deliberation. Having been rung through both sides of the application process in the same year, I can immediately draw parallels between selective undergraduate admissions and dental school admissions and hope my insight may be useful.

I now serve as the Colorado chapter of the American Student Dental Association’s Pre-Dental Associate Chair – I love advising prospective students and pre-dentals, which was the main impetus for beginning this blog.

I chose dental medicine because it merges the sciences with the arts and flexes both brain hemispheres, requiring the most precise of tactical skills and mental acuity; traits that were drilled into me during my time in college. Dentists are in the unique position of being some of the only healthcare professionals that can alleviate so much of a patient’s pain or unearth a world of self-assurance in just a few short visits – enormous reward for both caretaker and patient. Dentistry is a career that requires a dynamic learner, a malleable clinician, and a compassionate heart, and is no easy path. Dental school challenges me every day, but serves as a constant reminder that indeed, nothing great ever came easy.

But dentistry is only one of my many loves: I like smashed avocado, beautiful clothes, and all of things outside. Dental school also hasn’t stopped this former downhill ski racer, instructor, and patroller from finding release in the Rocky Mountain west. If I’m not at Copper Mountain or Vail, you’ll likely find me chugging cold brew at a RiNo coffee shop trying to cop the newest Yeezy or NMD drop.

Welcome to Carpe Dentum! blog, I truly love writing these posts and hope you’ll enjoy the brief excerpts from my life and advice I can offer. All topic requests can be made in the Contact form on the main navigation bar. Happy reading!

“There are mountains and mountains beyond this mountain, but though they don’t get easier, the view gets better when you have mountains to look back on.” – Wesley Brandt