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diabetes epidemic in Indian Country. I
strongly feel that if I reach out to the youth in
the communities within my reservation and
educate them about healthy eating habits, as
well as how different types of foods and candy
can affect their bodies and the life span of
their teeth, then I'm making a difference. This
will help them better understand how
important oral hygiene is, which in turn could
potentially lead to a healthier lifestyle. Dental
hygiene affects more than just your smile - it
also contributes to your self-esteem, social life,
education, and job opportunities. There's so
much more that comes with having good
teeth than people realize because once you
lose your teeth, they're gone forever.
I attended Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High
School. Looking back, I'd say my schooling
helped me realize the importance of
attending college so I could get a good job
and make a difference in this world, especially
with tribal communities. At first, I was
worried about how I was going to pay for
college, as that was the biggest obstacle for

My advice to other
students who hope to
attend college is that
academics have to come
first, so don't let anyone or
anything come between
you and your education.
me. But I applied for many different
scholarships - more than I can count - and
so far, my efforts have paid off and covered
many of my expenses. Based on my experience, I strongly encourage others to apply for
as many scholarships as possible.
Now that I'm in my second year at BHSU,
I've overcome much of the shyness and
nervousness I experienced the first year here.
I realized that being afraid to ask questions
was a real hindrance. Asking the professor to
explain something again so that I could
better grasp the concepts only helps me do
better academically.

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Homesickness was another obstacle I had
to overcome. Once I got out of my comfort
zone and became involved with campus
activities and made some friends who share
many of my same interests, it became much
easier to be away from home.
As a sophomore, my campus activities
include intramural sports such as basketball,
volleyball, and football. I'm also co-president
of the Lakota Omniciye, which means "a
gathering assembly" in Lakota. It's one of the
largest student organizations on campus in
terms of participation and budget. This
organization promotes fellowship among
Indian and non-Indian students, and
organizes an annual cultural awareness week
and wacipi (powwow) in early April that's now
in its 35th year. In past years, the wacipi has
attracted as many as 3,500 people, making it
one of the larger powwows in South Dakota.
I'm also a member of AISES, which I
joined before I entered college. AISES has
helped me by recommending scholarships to
apply for and upcoming conferences I could
attend, in addition to giving me leads on

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