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Dental School Social Life?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by dent-2002, Nov 2, 2002.

  1. dent-2002

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    For those of you who are in dental school or know the local dental school well, what is the social life at your local dental school like?

    I have heard that dental students are quite the party hounds. And do mixers with law/business/grad/allied health/med occur?


    I'm just wondering if I can look forward to 4 more great years of partying and great dates or otherwise. And please do not respond by stating that you will spend your nose in a book 24/7!!
     
  2. nycdoc

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    It depends on you really. If you're a gifted student, you can get your lab stuff done quickly and keep up with the science classes fairly easily. Some people struggle and have to work a little harder. The hardest part is figuring out how to study for exams in dental school. There's a learning curve but once you adjust you become very good at time management. Also if you want to specialize, you're going to be working very hard to get those As.
    But I think everyone has time to go out occasionally to relieve the stress. Otherwise you'd burn out pretty quickly.

    The trick is to get into a groove where you're disciplined enough to stick to a schedule.....don't worry, it's not horrible. Your mentality changes once you're in professional school and you become much more efficient at getting things done. There's time for a social life. (Just don't plan on taking a whole weekend off;)


    and yes, there are plenty of social activities put on by various dental organizations to choose from.........
     
  3. juan7677

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    Well it all depends if you decide to specialize or not. If your gonna specialize its gonna be a really rough ride b/c you competing with othe students to be in the top of your class. But if you just decide that general dentistry is what you want to do you could study less, just pass your boards, and your set. I'm not saying that if you decide tp not specialize it'll be easy but it'll be much easier. So its better to decide if you want to specialize or not early on. This is just what I heard from current dental students from various schools.
     
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    How would your average week compare to that of your undergraduate work? Just curious as to how much of a difference there is in the amount of time put in.

    Thanks,
    Zurich
     
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  5. nycdoc

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    Classes aren't any harder than undergrad....there's just a lot more of them all at once. A good thing is that the curriculum is organized so that you are taught exactly what you need to know for exams and the boards. There aren't any surprises like there were in my Ochem and General Chem courses. You'll become very good at using your time well.


    My weekday starts at 8 and I'm usually busy until midnight. It sounds like a lot but it really isn't that stressful once you get into a routine. You break up your study time with lab work or study for different classes to avoid monotony. You can sneak in an hour or two of relaxing, talking to friends, posting on SDN etc... also the time really flies when you're this busy.
     
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    I didn't ask about the workload in dental school or whether I was going to specialaize or not (or clinical opportunities, for that matter!)

    i'm asking about the social life here. And please do not refer to the workload!
     
  7. nycdoc

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    You're welcome, by the way. I did write that there are events put on by dental organizations and that you do have time for a social life even if it is limited.....and I was answering Zurich5's question.
     
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    Nydoc, thank you. dent-2002 sorry to impose on your thread, jeez. :laugh:
     
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    It's like undergrad finals week...every single day! I swear, and I heard next year is even worse! Social life blows, everyone is married...except me.
     
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    As I try to answer your question, Dent-2002, a cold Red Stripe brewski is soothing my throat as my friends and I are pre-partying for a Sunday night out (Sushi then clubbing).

    Dental and medical students are some of the craziest partiers I know! We party and we study hard (when needed). I sincerely doubt that you'll be partying the same way at your dental school as you did during your undergraduate days.

    The work loads will force you to "book down" for a bit so you will pass with 70%. Now let me introduce you to some of Nova dental party styles:

    Since I've been here, I've gone to or did or participated in the following events/social gatherings:

    1) hot tub parties
    2) House parties
    3) dental fraternities rent out bars and/or clubs during Happy hours
    4) beach parties
    5) Beer Bonging contests
    6) a Playboy theme party (where girls literatelly dress in lingerie)
    7) Pool parties
    8) Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and South Beach clubs
    9) dinner parties
    10) Professional sports events (football, hockey, baseball..)
    11) golf outings
    12) Interdiscipline parties (medical with dental, dental with PAs, etc.)

    The list can go on and on....do we party you ask? OH HELL YEAH BABY!!!

    Do we get down and jiggy? OH HELL YES AGAIN, MY friend!!

    Now...the question of you dating the same way as you did in undergrad....that all depends on your style of "playa-ness"! You're dealing with smart and beautiful women now in dental school!

    Remember...PLAY hard and STUDY hard.....that's my philosophy!

    :cool:

    Look, I'm just about done with my Red Stripe....NEXT!!
     
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    One of the best posts I have ever seen on this thread.
     
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    This thread is so old that when it was created a baby was born, and at the time you commented, that baby now has their driver’s license.
     
  13. Blueshirts

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    Also, chances are that half the original posters are now in their 40s and balding
     
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    I was 5 when this thread was made....
     
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    I heard it is choose two out of the three: good academic performance, an okay amount of sleep, or an okay social life.

    I heard relationships rarely work out in dental school. Usually, if the partner isn't in dental school (or some other health professions school), they might not understand you not being able to spend much time with them, thus it almost certainly won't last. Even if you were to date somebody in your class, what if you break up? Be prepared for all the drama, because you will still have to see them for the rest of your dental school career.
     
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    I would disagree with choosing 2 out of 3 thing. Because classes aren’t mandatory and lectures are recorded, I can make my own schedule. That equates to me getting more sleep now than I did in undergrad. I still go out with friends on some week days and every weekend, and I’m still doing really well in all my classes. Oh and I’m also in a semi-long distance relationship and that’s going very well too. There’s always time for things as long as you make it a priority. It’s definitely not easy to juggle everything, but anyone can do it if they work hard at it.
     
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    Non-existent social life...
     
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    I really hope one of them get an email notification and come back to this thread to share their journey :laugh:
     
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