Originally Posted by pk62281
Can any of you fellow nontrad students provide me with any insight/advice as to what I might expect (in terms of student and social life) as a nontraditional student starting dental school? I'll be 31 and single when I start as a D1. I'll be moving to Boston, and I don't have any friends there.
Did any of you find it difficult to relate with the younger students of your class?
Did you ever feel, to put it bluntly, somewhat of an outcast because of your age?
What kind of challenges should I expect?
What were the advantages/disadvantages?
I'm pretty social, and easy to get along with, but I don't have anyone younger than 27 in my circle of friends right now. I'm not too concerned about, but it would be nice to know what I should expect.
I am 30 and a D1 (career changer)
Even after being an adult and having a career, I dont find it hard to relate to my classmates. The majority are pretty serious about their education, so theyre more mature in their habits (IE not as much shennanigans). Besides you look about the same from 22-34, no one really knows youre older.
Youre putting entirely too much energy into thinking about this, youre only 31. Youre better looking, stronger, and fitter than you were at 21. Youre going to get alot of attention from the 22 year olds.
A big advantage is you are much better versed in time management than them, and you actually know for a fact you want to do dentistry. Some of them are still on autopilot. Life experiences counts for alot. I personally wasnt at a place in my life at 22 where I could have even attempted D school (frat boy, partier, infantryman etc). Now, at 30, Im calm and focused enough to put in the copious amounts of time D school requires.
Oh , I would recommend making some older, adult friends outside of school.