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Dental School: Challenging, But Absolutely Worth the Hard Work

Posted by Eswar Kandaswamy on October 21, 2015

While there are many benefits of going into the dental profession, the process of becoming a dentist is certainly not a walk in the park. As a recent graduate reflecting back on my time in dental school, I am reminded that dental school constantly tested and challenged me.

Dental school is a demanding environment that involves seamlessly blending art and science while developing, mastering and demonstrating prowess a variety of areas—including manual dexterity. For me, as a student, this posed a challenge. Entering dental school, I was not the most deftly skilled person. I was a student of science. Precision work and I did not naturally go hand in hand, and I had no idea what was in store in this regard. I knew I would be facing complex concepts and some hands-on skills, but I wasn’t prepared for the scope of this work.

This brings me to my first piece of advice: know what you are getting into. If dentistry is absolutely what you want to do, nothing can stand in your way; but, I encourage you to take the time to research what is involved.

Secondly, to become a dentist, you really need to be willing to work for it.

As a dental student I faced both success and failure. Dental school is taxing and competitive, but I learned through the ups and downs that the there are two key traits essential for success.

  1. Perseverance: No matter what you may encounter, trying your best in the face of adversity will make you that much more successful (especially later in your career).
  2. Enthusiasm: Maintain enthusiasm and drive for reaching your goals. Whenever you are passionate about something challenges will only serve to fuel your passion.

The obstacles I faced in dental school made me more confident and prepared me to enter a career in dentistry. The lessons I learned were valuable to me, and I hope that sharing them with you will also help you on your journey. 

About Eswar Kandaswamy:

Eswar Kandaswamy Eswar graduated from Faculty of Dental Sciences, Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India in 2014. He is currently working under a dentist in a private practice in Chennai. He graduated as the Best Outgoing Student from Sri Ramachandra University. He has presented papers, posters, table tops, symposiums and participated in several quiz competitions and received awards for his work. Eswar has attended several continuing education programs and lecture workshops in endodontics, implantology and cosmetic dentistry and has completed four funded research projects and two self-funded projects. His hobbies are playing cricket and table tennis.