Words From Your Peers

How to Study for and “Crush” the DAT

Posted by Kyle Groberg on January 28, 2020
If you’re planning on applying to dental school this cycle or next, chances are the Dental Admission Test (DAT) has been on your mind a lot. You may have questions, such as “How do I best prepare? When is the best time to take the DAT? Do I really need a 25 in order to be a competitive applicant?” Not to worry. With the right plan, resources and effort, you can be prepared to do well on the DAT. You might even surprise yourself when you receive your final score. Also, be aware there is no one-size-fits-all solution regarding DAT preparation. First-year dental student Kyle Groberg has some tips and tricks you can use to make sure you are calm and ready on test day to do your best. 
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Predent Perspective: The Value of a Gap Year to Reset a Career Path

Posted by Elizabeth Wright on October 27, 2019
For some, dentistry has been a childhood dream. Sometimes, it’s the result of a shift in self-confidence after months or years of wearing braces. Others pursue dentistry later in life following years spent in the professional world and, impressively, tackle dental school while balancing families of their own. “Then, there are those in the middle—where I found myself as a junior in college pursuing a career in business, about to study abroad in Copenhagen under the Department of Economics. Yet, I was still drawn to dentistry,” says predental student Elizabeth Wright. Read on as she details her thought process for deciding to take a gap year before enrolling in dental school. 
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Tips to Make the Most of Your Summer From a Predent’s Perspective

Posted by Aileen Cruz-Lezama on June 20, 2019
“During the school year, every day we spend hours upon hours balancing classes, studying, extracurricular activities, leadership roles and, for some of us, jobs,” says predental student Aileen Cruz-Leazama. “Factor in the time we need to eat, sleep and maintain personal hygiene (don’t forget to floss!), we’ve established a lengthy quotidian routine and, before we know it, summer is upon us.”
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Strategy for Success: Using a Grid When Selecting Dental Schools

Posted by Matthew Manly on May 20, 2019
“Preparing for dental school is a lot like driving a car, making adjustments to your speed and direction,” says predental student and Army Reserve Engineer Officer, Matthew Manly. “For example, while you’re driving your brain takes the information from your speedometer, views of the road through the windshield and mirrors, gas gauge and any light indicators (e.g., Check Engine light, etc.) to help you determine how you will get to your destination safely. While preparing for dental school, I created a spreadsheet grid to eliminate some of the ambiguity in the application process and to help me know which schools might be the best fit and offer me a higher chance of acceptance.” 
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Educational Programs for 2017: Find Your Ideal Opportunity

Posted by on November 21, 2016
Becoming a dentist is a rewarding career choice. Participating in an educational program is a great way to help you become a successful dentist. Finding the perfect opportunity can be time consuming, so it’s important to know what you are looking for from the beginning. Just like with any career choice, choosing next steps and the path that suits you best involves research, so we’ve listed a few different types of programs for students planning to apply to dental school and those who are already in dental school as a starting place. ... See More

Learn to Lead With a Purpose

Posted by Katherine Urrutia on October 20, 2015
"My interest in dentistry did start at an early age, when I began losing my primary teeth. As they began crumbling to tiny pieces, I had to have my teeth removed. I was toothless for several years of my life, which affected not only my physical appearance but also my emotional well-being. Once my permanent teeth came in, I began to appreciate the care that my dentist, orthodontist and oral surgeon provided me. With their help, I gained not only a smile, but also an elevated self-esteem." ... See More

Future Dentists: Advice From a Rising College Student

Posted by Thomas (TJ) Pinto on September 15, 2015
I have wanted to become a dentist since the sixth grade. At the time, I just thought my orthodontist’s office was cool, and the equipment my orthodontist used on my braces fascinated me. But when I looked in the mirror after he took off my braces, I couldn’t believe how much better my smile looked. It was the smile on my orthodontist’s face, though, that made me realize how rewarding his job is. From that day forward, I have been trying my best to make my dream of being a dentist come true. 
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