Ms. Elvira Zaykova was inspired by her mother who is a dental assistant to pursue her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She will be graduating in December of this year. Starting back in high school, she was required to volunteer at Coney Island Hospital and by her mother’s recommendation, she urged her to request the dental department. It was through this experience that she realized her love of dentistry. She enjoyed working with the children and seniors who came into the department, recognizing the importance of educating both populations on the correct methods of caring for their oral health. At the same time it made her sad to see those who were struggling with their dental care as this further inspired her to study dental hygiene in order to make a difference in the lives of patients. Her dream job is to travel abroad with organizations like Operation Smile, to countries where children and adults are in need of extreme dental care. In August 2019 she plans to go to either Africa, Mexico or Peru, with a program for dental hygienists to work alongside dentists for ten days in high need areas.
Ms. Zaykova expresses high appreciation for the Dental Faculty, saying “they are phenomenal, everybody gets stressed but the faculty knows how to guide you when you need their support, especially in clinic, the professors are there for you-they want to make sure you get that A!” she says.
In turn, Director Fordunski of the Faculty Resource Center says Ms. Zaykova, “has all the elements of professionalism; a positive attitude, respect, accountability, and positive communication just to name a few. She never missed one class and worked very hard to earn an A in LM63. She would help her fellow classmates as well. She is so excited to be part of our Dental Hygiene program. She always comes to campus with a smile on her face and ready to learn.”
Professor Garland of the Dental Hygiene faculty says, “since her first day as a student, Elvira Zaykova has been a cheerful presence at Plaza College. She is studious, kind and cordial. She enjoys being a member of the dental hygiene program, and her classmates along with her professors enjoy working with her. I heartily congratulate Elvira on being selected as student of the month.”
For students who are having a difficult time in their coursework she recommends to make a habit of reviewing what was discussed in class before going to bed and if possible, read for the class you have that next morning so that the information will stick! Ms. Zaykova’s daily healthy habit consists of drinking a lot of black tea and water.To decompress from long days in the class and the clinic, she enjoys watching something funny on YouTube or TV. Her favorite show is Party of Five.
Being accepted to Plaza College was an exciting moment in my life. It allowed me to achieve my goal; to complete a Bachelor's in the Business Administration program. Plaza College professors and administrative staff are dedicated to helping students to be successful in their endeavors.
“My mother graduated from Plaza. My father graduated from Plaza. My brother graduated from Plaza. I graduated from Plaza. We are very proud of our educational background.”
"Being a student at Plaza College has paved a new road of achievement towards a successful career in Medical Assisting for me. My time here has been filled with academic accomplishments on things I didn't think I could do! Plaza College is your career starter!"
“Professor Warmouth has always gone above and beyond in supporting what I need to do, whether it’s for her class or another in the program. She’s taught me additional skills on top of what we learn.”
“Everyone you meet here supports your career trajectory in one way or another. Dr. Anderson told me you have to know what you want and be on your ‘p’s and q’s.’ I realized I had to focus and buckle down on my studies to be successful. “
“I went to another school that didn’t give me the care and personal attention the way Plaza College does. They truly care about me becoming a better person."
"The Court Reporting Faculty at Plaza College has helped me in so many way. Even after I graduated, I have still been in touch with all of them and they have helped me with job placement and test taking!"
"I am currently in my last semester of the Medical Assistant Program. Our last semester comes with an externship component, where we demonstrate all the skills we learned at Plaza College. I strongly feel that Plaza College has prepared me with both my clinical and clerical skills."
"My admissions advisor guided me, set up appointments and sat with me through the process. Other schools simply threw the requirements at me, but at Plaza I received personal attention.”
“Academically, teachers are always willing to help you and will stay longer after the classes. They are responsive over email and you can always go to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) for extra support.”
“Being a single parent and coming back to school after a good amount of time was definitely a challenge and the professors have been willing and easy to communicate with. If I’m having a difficult situation, need some flexibility or need clarification, they’ve been easy to reach out to with no hesitation."
“The hands-on training has been a tremendous help in preparing me for my externship. Everything I was taught in all my clinical classes was exactly what I was able to use in my externship and more. The skills that I learned at Plaza College will help me in all of my future endeavors.”
“I chose Plaza College because I wanted to be in an accelerated program, where I am able to commit full-time, and start working as a dental hygienist much faster. One thing I can truly say is that the administration, staff, and the new long-life friends that you make here will help you get through all the obstacles one step at a time!