Once you are accepted
to dental school, make sure to prepare well for your first year, as it will be
challenging and you want to do everything possible before the year starts to
position yourself for success during the academic year.
Ways to prepare:
- Participate in a pre–first-year
experience or orientation if your school has one.
- Work hard the summer prior to
entering dental school to get your finances in order and save money to pay
for your dental education.
- Relax. Dental school will be
challenging, so it is important that you take some time for yourself
before school starts.
- Brush up on your reading. Once
you are in a dental program, the amount of reading that you will do will
be different from what you did as an undergraduate student. Try reading
more books, magazines, newspapers, etc. Anything where you can work on
reading speed and comprehension will help you prepare for dental school.
- Keep working on your hand
skills. Continue to play your instrument, participate in your sporting
activity, knit, etc. Don’t stop doing all those things that you were doing
to demonstrate your hand skills once you have been accepted into dental
- Develop and maintain good
healthy eating habits, exercise on a regular basis, learn how to relax and
find things that are fun to do. All of these things will help you maintain
a healthy lifestyle so you can prepare yourself mentally and physically
for the challenges ahead. Also, forming healthy habits before starting
school will help you to maintain healthy habits during the year.