From Savannah to Chapel Hill


From Savannah to Chapel Hill

Open wide. The average kid doesn’t dream of growing up to be an orthodontist. But Antonio McMillan ’19 isn’t average. When the biology major first got braces at nine years old, he felt the confidence-boosting power of a smile. “A beautiful, healthy smile makes people want to smile even more. I love that I get to help people and spread such positive energy.”

So when Antonio met two other aspiring dentists from SSU through Dental College of Georgia’s Impressions summer program at Augusta University, he jumped at the chance to join forces. Together, they launched Savannah State’s Pre-Dental Society, an organization for students who want to pursue dentistry.

“We couldn’t have started the Society anywhere else. SSU is open to opportunities like no other school. They taught me that if you see a need, do something about it. That’s so empowering.”

Since its start, the Pre-Dental Society has collected and donated dental supplies to a nearby homeless shelter. Partnered with a local dentist to provide professional development experiences. And recruited organic chemistry and microbiology faculty to help Society members with Dental Admission Test prep.

“Savannah State taught me that if you see a need, do something about it.” – Antonio McMillan ’19

SSU has always been the type of place that puts the right people on the right path to experiences that are just right for them. That’s how the Society came to fruition. And how Antonio spent his summer at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Science Enrichment Preparation Program.

His faculty advisor helped him enroll in the intensive, eight-week science experience for health professional hopefuls. At Chapel Hill, Antonio was steeped in rigorous coursework and test preparation, and he shadowed and networked with industry pros.

It was the perfect set-up for Antonio to hone his skills. And a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that he wouldn’t have gotten without Savannah State; his sunny, go-getter spirit; and (of course) a smile. Seriously Impressive

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