I am a pediatric dentist and Proud Cardinal
It hasn’t been that long since Jessica Bentoski said, “I am a biology major and chemistry and psychology minor with big dreams for the future.”
It was 2004 when Jessica graduated from SVSU with a Bachelor of Science degree, and headed to the University of Michigan’s Dentistry School. She obtained her D.D.S. in 2009 and secured a pediatric specialty in December 2011. She hung her professional shingle at her own Saginaw dental office in January 2012: “Jessica R. Bentoski. D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry.”
I am a champion for SVSU
Jessica can’t say enough about her undergraduate experience at SVSU. “Dental school is tremendously challenging; I was prepared academically, socially and from a leadership perspective.”
I am what happens when a student takes advantage of opportunities
“The leadership opportunities, the ability to work closely with peers and professors, the community support and engagement – all of these things prepared me for my post-graduate experience.”
Jessica was involved with Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity, and served as an orientation leader. Additionally, she lived on campus for four years and in her senior year was a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary, a prestigious association that recognizes the top 1 percent of university residential students who show leadership in curricular and extracurricular campus life.
On the research side of her academic experience, Jessica worked closely with professor of biology, David Stanton, on studies related to the genetics of zebra mussels.
Jessica was committed to engaging other Latino students in campus life through SALSA, a registered student organization.
And as a high-achieving student of distinction, Jessica was selected as a Roberts Fellow her senior year, another opportunity for Jessica to explore and develop strong leadership skills.
I am sure I made the right choice
“To do it all over again, I would come to SVSU. It was a great start, a great launching pad for my career. Taking an 18 year old who didn’t know when I started that I would end up at a doctoral level, all of the experiences I had – going to a smaller university, working with professors, knowing the administration – these experiences were life-changing.”
Jessica is originally from Flint. She loved the fact that SVSU was “close to home but far enough away that I was free to have a ‘true’ college experience.” Jessica chose to live on campus four years.
Jessica was a member of the highly selective Roberts Fellows Program. Twelve outstanding students work together for an entire academic year with weekly seminars, a year-long service project and a three-week trip to Asia, learning about leadership from a global perspective. The program is offered at no cost to the participants.
Jessica was involved with Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity. SVSU has had a chapter since 1997.