Q&A with KCC Dental Hygiene student Laura Salmeron

KCC Dental Hygiene student Laura Salmeron poses in the Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The deadline to apply for KCC’s Dental Hygiene Program beginning the Fall 2024 semester is Friday, March 1! See details, application materials and more at kellogg.edu/dental-hygiene-admissions.

Kellogg Community College Dental Hygiene student Laura Salmeron, of Benton Harbor, graduated from Eau Claire High School in 2015 and graduates from the KCC Dental Hygiene Program this spring.

Salmeron is a scholarship student, a former student worker in the Morris Library, and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Student American Dental Hygienists Association and the Sleuth Squad.

Why did you choose to study Dental Hygiene?

I chose to pursue Dental Hygiene because as a little kid I grew up fearing going to the dentist. It was not until I met a dental hygienist who made me feel comfortable and demonstrated empathy. Since then, I knew I wanted to become a dental hygienist and help out others who are in the similar situation as I was. I also grew up with overcrowded teeth and was embarrassed of my smile. I want to educate others that it is okay to receive orthodontic treatment as an adult and help improve their self-esteem by providing thorough oral hygiene care.

Why did you choose to study Dental Hygiene specifically at KCC?

While studying at a dental assistant program, an instructor recommended me to attend KCC. After visiting KCC and meeting with academic advisors and instructors, I knew I made the correct decision to continue my education at this campus. The staff I have met while studying here have made it possible for me to continue thriving and become successful.

What’s been your favorite part of your time at KCC, and why?

I have several favorite spots I really enjoy at KCC. Student Life, Morris Library, Zen Den and the Dental Hygiene Clinic. Student Life is a place for everyone to feel welcomed and create friendships. The Morris Library has study rooms that I really enjoy using. If I am feeling a little overwhelmed from school, I go to the Zen Den and destress with their amazing massage chair! The most favorite place I enjoy spending my time at KCC is at the Dental Hygiene Clinic when I’m with my patients. I enjoy seeing the difference between appointments and implementing oral care since studies have shown there is a connection between overall health. 

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned at KCC?

Kellogg Community College is the No. 1 community college in Michigan, according to new rankings from WalletHub. (I mean, it doesn’t get better than that!)

What is your goal for after you graduate from KCC? What do you hope to do for a career?

My goal after graduation is to continue my education at Ferris State University. I plan on working in the workforce and also studying. My end term goal is to become a dental therapist. They provide routine preventative and restorative care such as cleanings, fillings and simple extractions specifically in rural areas.

What advice do you have for current or future KCC students?

If you are indecisive about attending a community college or a university, attend a community college! Kellogg Community College has a diversity of academic programs, affordable tuition, educated professors, tutors and many more student services. If you are a current student, my advice to you is to take care of your physical and mental well-being. College can be an easy tool to over-stress yourself. It is okay to relax a bit and take breaks. 

Anything else you’d like to say?

As a first-generation Latina college student, anything is possible to achieve if you are willing to do your diligence. Be proud of yourself! Going to college is a huge accomplishment and you should feel good about making a big change to your life. 

Learn more about the KCC Dental Hygiene Program at kellogg.edu/dental.