I'm kinda having a hard time deciding what angle to write my personal essay since I didn't take the usual pre-dent route. Basically, I graduated spring 07 with a business major. During my first two years of undergrad I planned on going to law school (i did get involved in health in high school, but in college just wasnt confident enough I could be a dr), but eventually found out it really was not for me. After some deep thinking and experiences I decided I really wanted to be a surgeon, so beginning in my junior year i started taking all the pre-reqs, which resulted in me staying at school for an extra year (5 years total). Since junior year to when I graduated, I volunteered at 4 hospitals (1 which I stayed involved with for around 2 years) at numerous departments (ER, trauma ER, burn center, peds ER), volunteered at a clinic, and shadowed a few surgeries . During this time I didn't do anything that had to do with dentistry. However, within the past year, I became really interested in dental surgery (which still is surgery as I had planned in the past, but a type I like alot more now that I've been exposed to it). Also, my father is a dentist which has helped inspire me to be a dentist even more. I've just started going to his office which I plan to do for a while. So my big question is, when I write my personal essay, do I really have to go out of my way to explain all these path curves, or should I just write it as though dentistry and/or surgery has always been my focus? Thanks for your help!