Carli Antor, a 2012 High Point University graduate, was recently accepted to the University of North Carolina’s School of Dentistry. The program is considered one of the best in the nation, with some lists ranking it as high as number four in the country.
Antor graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in HPU’s pre-dentistry program, and was a member of the Panthers’ Track and Field team. She says the teamwork and leadership skills she gained during that time helped her to stand out during the interview process at UNC.
“Coach Eric Dudley was a real role model for me as an athlete. He was the perfect example of how to be a supportive teammate and leader that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise,” says Antor.
Antor also credits her pre-dental advisor, Dr. Kelli Sapp, associate professor of biology, who worked closely with her to make sure she had the appropriate courses, internships and extra-curricular activities to prepare her for dental school.
“With her guidance and advice, I was able to pursue the right major and shape myself professionally through internships and shadowing opportunities at local dentist offices,” says Antor.
“During Carli’s time at HPU, she developed her intellectual abilities and leadership skills, which not only made her a competitive applicant for dental school, but prepared her for the academic rigor of the dental program at UNC-Chapel Hill,” says Sapp.
After graduation, Antor took a full-time job as a dental assistant and studied for the DAT test. She also took classes to earn her Certificate of Completion in Oral Radiography.
“Her overwhelming commitment and dedication was something she learned while attending HPU,” say Antor’s parents, Sandy and Macgill.
Antor will begin classes this August. She says even though she may be wearing Carolina blue scrubs, her heart will always be fueled with Panther pride.