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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by DrumandDrummer, Mar 26, 2002.

  1. DrumandDrummer

    DrumandDrummer Junior Member
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    How anxious are you guys to start this process. All of this waiting is making me soooooooooo impatient and nervous. In the months to come, a couple of "competent" individuals are going to finger through our applications and determine our fate. For those who are the "perfect applicant" there is nothing to worry about. But to all others, such as myself, that have a black cloud continuously looming over our heads, it's another thing. My pesimistic side tells me to call it quits, put your master degree to use, and get married (afterall I'm not getting younger - almost 26). My optimistic side tells me that someone will see your potential and forgive you for 4 years of screwing up as an undergrad. To all of you out there - how many schools do you think it will take for some one to see the potential. In other words, what is a good number of schools to apply to: 20, 15, 8.... And also, when applying, are your goals set at just getting into any dental school or are your goals set at getting into a great dental school, with a solid dental program, board scores and to some degree recognition. For me it would be the last. Going into a master's program, doing research, teaching, and interacting with faculy members has made me a bit picky(although I shouldn't be based on my undergrad grades). I hope this will not be my demise. Oh well, I think I am just blabbing away and so I will stop now. Thanks!
     
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  3. Beagle

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    I am very anxious to apply!!! This will be my first time, and I honestly don't know if I will even get an interview because of my Low Undergrad GPA. I am applying to 17 schools and hoping that one will take me. So---when you asked if I wanted to get into a GREAT school or any school, I guess the answer is any school. People always say don't apply to too many schools ...but...when your on the reject pile, you gotta try! I think any amount is fine..whatever you feel comfortable. Goodluck to you!
     
  4. vixen

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    I'm very anxious too...and frustrated...but dealing :) Do you guys know if Arizona and UNLV are going to be using aadsas and also if they're gonna be on the adea website soon? Thanks :)

    *seema trying to calm down* :rolleyes: :p
     
  5. Regina330

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    No matter where you go to dental school, you will be a great dentist as long as you put your all into it. It doesn't matter how many schools you apply to, as long as you are willing to put up the $ to do it. The more, the better your chances! The better your chances, the more acceptances! And then, you can be picky about where you want to go! :p
     
  6. Yah-E

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    Damn Seema,

    How many times do we have to tell you that "YES" Arizona and UNLV will be apart of AADSAS for 2003 cycle?!!!!!!! Especially if UNLV is ALREADY on this year's AADSAS cycle why would they not be on it next year??? :mad:

    Sorry, I had to let that out, Baccurso called me a "tool" <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  7. vixen

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    sorry :( Maybe I missed it when I went to adea.org...I thought I didn't see it on the list, but maybe it was my eyes...sorry :( :rolleyes:
     
  8. Yah-E

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    Seema,

    Don't be sorry! I was just irritated that Baccurso start the "name calling" thing without even know what the fuc# was going on! :mad: But you, I like you :)
     
  9. vixen

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    what do you guys consider to have manual dexterity? Any sports, or am I far off? This sounds stupid, but I tweeze eyebrows in my sparetime..myself, my friends, roomates and others..that would be stupid to mention though, don't you think? How about if I played piano for awhile, but it was a few years ago? Not worth mentioning?

    One more question, on the application it asks if you are going to apply to any more professional schools this year...I'm not positive yet, but I might apply to some masters programs at the end of this year...do I have to mention that?

    Thanks for the help :) Hope to speak to you guys at our "chat" tonight :)
     
  10. steiner19er

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    just put yes. I don't know why they ask if you have dexterity, I would never put NO.

    Also, Masters programs are NOT professional programs. MD, DO, Pharm, Pod, Chiro, are professional.
     
  11. vixen

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    Another ?. On the app it asks if your academic career was ever interupted...

    well my first semester of Junior year I took off. That summer I was heading down the wrong path w/the wrong friends and decided I wanted to transfer, but it was at the end of the summer I decided, so I took the fall off. It didn't delay my grad (I had 4 summer classes and 3 college classes from high school), so I still grad on time. Anyways, they ask WHY you had time off in a little spot, and I was wondering how I could make it seem like it wasn't the biggest deal in the world...I actually explain more about that time in my personal essay...what do you guys think? :confused:
     
  13. DrumandDrummer

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    How easily we stray from the original topic <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  14. vixen

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    hey drum, can't you tell from my posts I'm getting more and more anxious!? <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> :rolleyes:
     
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    I want to find out if i get accepted or not, but at the same time scared to find out!!! :( dec 1's gonna determine what i'm gonna do for the rest of my life!!! so anxious.
     
  16. smile_doctor

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    I am excited about the upcoming application cycle, and am far from being the perfect dental candidate. I will not say that I'm not anxious from time to time, but I firmly believe that things work out the way that they should. I applied to dental school in 1996 and was rejected. Now, 6 years later, I am applying again. I've learned alot about myself and have had the opportunity to experience life as a working, responsible adult for a few years. I think this has made me stronger and more capable of handling the rigors of dental school.

    With regards to what type of school to choose, I say be realistic. Never go to a school that you'd consider to be substandard in areas that are important to you (e.g., patient pool, research, clinical exposure), but realize that the ultimate goal is to practice dentistry, and most schools give you ample opportunity to do so effectively.

    Smile_doc <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  17. ItsGavinC

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    Hey guys, throw me into the anxious/extremely excited catergory!

    I'm have a decent GPA (3.4) and I'm applying to 10 schools. Although I'm not a stellar candidate as far as the numbers go, I feel I'll be a great dentist and a valuable alumni. Hopefully I can garnish 4-5 (or more?!) interviews. I'm only applying to 10 schools because traditionally my undergrad has had great success with matriculating its pre-dental students (~80% accepted). Hopefully that tradition will continue with the 2003 cycle!
     
  18. Stanford Fencer

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    WOW.. just a few months ago, I was posting on threads similar to this one...I guess we're transitioning to a new application cycle already!

    Good luck to all of you.. stay supportive! I've found most people on this board to be very supportive and kind.

    Feel free to ask us (y'know, the old folks on the board) questions in the upcoming months! We all just went through this..um, preferably *once* in a lifetime process :)
     
  19. negar

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    Hi guys...
    i'm applying this summer too... and i get anxious about it time to time... i don't know it's carzy sometimes i semm not to care at all and sometimes i can't sleep... i guess it's just the period we have to go through... i'm only applying to 7 schools and i really wanna get into California !! How important u guys think leadership is??? i don't have any!!!!
    anyway wish u guys lot of luck+ my self. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Good luck to all you crazy kids with the application process. Im also happy to answer questions you may have about the whole deal. And, if anyone is going in after 3 years, talk to me...I did it and there is much I can tell you about what you will face.
     
  21. DATMATT

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    I will be taking Organic Chem & A&P this summer so I want to hold off on taking the DAT until the 1st of August. Should I take the DAT in July before I finish Organic? Will taking the DAT in August and applying in August hurt my chances of getting in? I have read other posts on when to apply but wanted to put out my scenario & get any advice.

    Thanks for any help,
    Matt
     
  22. Beagle

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    DAT Matt
    Wow you have a busy [email protected]!!!!
    Three classes...science classes! GOODLUCk
    I would suggest taking the DATS in august because you are SOO busy and will need as much time as possible for the DATS. I don't think that applying in August will be too late
    Actually, I am applying in July, and then taking my DATs in August...you can do that.
     
  23. Yah-E

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    Come to think of it, Stanford Fencer hit it right on the nose! I guess I do feel like an old SDNer now! With this thread, it is obvious that we have a new group of dental applicants emerging! Two things I wish to share at this time:

    1) Feel free to ask me anything at anytime! Especially for those of you that had a slow start with blemish undergraduate GPAs because that was me!

    2) If you're applying to Nova for 2003 and do receive an interview invitation, feel free to let me know! You are more than welcome to crash at my beach house and save some $$ for hotel costs! Plus you can get the inside scoop from me and my roommate(s). We'll show you around and introduce you to important people in the dental school! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    Matt,

    You can always submit your AADSAS application early and state in the application that you will be taking the DAT in August! Get your application in early! Beagle's right, you have a busy summer, concentrate one thing at a time! One thing, I do worry about with you current plan is the fact that you DO HAVE A BUSY SUMMER, will that effect your DAT studies, you think? I realize that your Organic Chem, Physiology, and an Anatomy courses will prep you for some the DAT covered materials, but taking the DAT right after those course can be an overload! I usually recommend to people to have at least 3 months to study well for the DAT, but maybe you're already studying for the DAT now! I guess it's doable, but looks like you'll have a crazy, hectic summer coming up! Good luck. :cool:
     
  24. JonR

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    yes, get the application in as early as possible and take the DAT when you are comfortable. That is exactly what I did....app. in June, took the DAT in August, it worked out fine. The important thing, though, is the application.
     
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    Hi DATMATT:
    I didn't take DAT yet but I'm planning to this summer. I wanted to take it earlier but i found it was impossible to concentrate on DAT when i'm taking 4 classes this semester. ANyways, I don't know if the organic class you are taking is orgo 1 or 2 but i think DAT has more orgo 1 stuff than orgo 2 (which has a lot of reactions).
    Dont forget to study other sections though, like biology and PAT .

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by DATMATT:
    <strong>I will be taking Organic Chem & A&P this summer so I want to hold off on taking the DAT until the 1st of August. Should I take the DAT in July before I finish Organic? Will taking the DAT in August and applying in August hurt my chances of getting in? I have read other posts on when to apply but wanted to put out my scenario & get any advice.

    Thanks for any help,
    Matt</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     

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