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!