September 18, 2019

Featured Friar: Dan Clark ’20

posted on: Thursday August 29, 2019

Clark loves making new friends around PC.

Brian Garvey ’20

News Staff

Dan Clark ’20 is making the most of everything the Providence College campus has to offer. 

Originally from Central New York, Clark always thought he would be heading up to SUNY Buffalo after high school. In fact, the only other school that he applied to was PC. After one visit to PC, however, that all changed. 

“When I first stepped onto campus I got a good feeling,” said Clark. “When push came to shove I ended up wanting to go to college out of New York state.”

Now a senior, Clark spent the summer doing research on campus with the biology department. Clark said, “I worked in Dr. Arévalo’s lab and studied how mysid shrimp in Southern Rhode Island were being affected by warming waters. I wanted to do research to test and see what working in a lab is about.”

While Clark enjoyed his time working in a research lab, his true goal and passion is dentistry. 

Clark loves the personal connection that is built between patients and dentists, saying “I wanted to become a dentist because smiles are pretty contagious, and I want to help people smile.”

Being a people person, Clark sees this field as a place he can really thrive in. “The dental profession has a real personal aspect to it, and you really get to know your patients.” 

Clark plans on jumpstarting his dream career by applying for a Navy Dental scholarship, and after that to dental school. “I would work for the Navy as a dentist on a base. In the end, it seems like a fun job with a chance to improve someone’s life every day.”

Clark is also a big fan of the outdoors, quickly getting involved in some of Providence College’s most active clubs. He is the President of the Outdoor Adventure Club, leading hiking and skiing trips all around New England. 

He is also the Captain and VP of the Club Ultimate Frisbee team, who regularly place highly in inter school tournaments. 

Clark encourages anyone interested in these exciting clubs to reach out and join the fun!

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