Alumni Interview Series: Levente Garay, DMD
For the the first part of The Alumni Interview series this month, we contacted Levente Garay, DMD, class of 2009, who currently works in Bern, Switzerland.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Levente Garay and I was born in Hungary. I was raised in Germany and decided to come back to Szeged to study dentistry. I was one of the first students to start the English program in 2004 and successfully graduated in 2009, after which I moved back to Germany.
What made you decide to study Dentistry?
I come from a family of doctors and dentists “aka medical dynasty in Hungary ??!!**” and I just followed in my family’s footsteps. I was in the army “paramedics” and I always really liked helping other people and also due to my familial background, It was an easy decision.
I was born in Szeged and it was obvious that the University of Szeged would be the best option for me.
Which field of Dentistry do you mainly work in and why did you choose this field?
My specialty is Oral surgery and Endodontics and I chose this field because I am in love with oral surgery and also because of my mentors Dr. Szontagh Eszter and Prof. Nagy Katalin, who taught me a lot when I was a student and helped me in my decision to continue educating myself in those fields.
Where do you currently work?
Currently I am working in a state clinic situated in Bern, Switzerland.
How is the working environment?
I really enjoy working here and especially enjoy the Swiss lifestyle. Very professional people in a very comfortable environment and my skills are truly appreciated and I really like working for the city of Bern.
How well do get by on your salary?
Very well indeed. In Switzerland, I can’t complain. That’s all I can say.
How is the workload?
The workload is manageable and in Switzerland people believe in quality, not quantity.
When I initially graduated from the University of Szeged, I had a profound knowledge of Dentistry with which I could easily adapt to my new working environment.
Do you wish you had done something different during your university years?
I can’t say that I would do things differently but what I can say is that I would definitely do it all over again in a heartbeat. It truly was an awesome experience.
Any words of wisdom and advice to our current students?
Follow your dreams and get rid of people who tell you that u can’t do something. At the end of the day make sure you get paid, no matter where you are or how inexperienced you are.
Thank you for your time and sharing your thoughts with us.
The Alumni Team