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Staying Engaged: U of T Faculty of Dentistry Student Makes Community Volunteer Work a Priority

Despite her hectic schedule, University of Toronto student Marta Thorpe makes time to stay connected to the community through volunteering – and says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of having limited time, but I’ve found if something is really important to you, you find a way to prioritize it,” says Thorpe, who is in her final year of the Faculty of Dentistry’s Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program. “Volunteering helps me stay grounded. It reminds me of what I value.”

Thorpe has many volunteer commitments both inside and outside of the university. Last summer, she worked with U of T’s Black Medical Students’ Association to organize presentations and meetings with Toronto high school students. The goal was to encourage young, disadvantaged students to pursue careers in health care.

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