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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by teeth2, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. teeth2

    teeth2 2+ Year Member

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    So my friends want to go to Mexico after graduation (mid june) and of course I want to go too except I'll be studying for the DATs during that time and hopefully taking it mid July. Part of me says just go but on the other hand, one week is a long time that I could get some valuable studying time in. Anyone else ever go on a week long vacation during studying?
     
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  3. drpduck

    drpduck Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    I wouldn't recommend it. Taking a week off is pretty big when you are only studying for ~2 months.

    I've been in your situation several times! I had friends going on a vacation, I had to decline because of studying for various things such as the DAT. But it will be worth it in the end!
     
  4. d3ntalwannab3

    d3ntalwannab3 2+ Year Member

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    DO IT...i regret not having taken a FREE trip to the south of France last year...my dumb a$$ stayed here and i didnt even study much...exact same situation exam was middle of july trip was middle of june...still ended up doing well on DAT and i did not need that week at all...what a shame coulda beeen a sick experience
     
  5. uesider

    uesider Junior Member 2+ Year Member

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    What about pushing the DAT to end of July- that way you have 2 more weeks than you were planning on... and one of them you could go on the trip :) Or maybe make a compromise and go to Mexico for 3 nights instead of 7. You'll still have fun, won't be pissed you missed out, and won't feel too guilty because you'd be shortening the trip!
     
  6. Joe70h8

    Joe70h8 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    I think you can easily take the trip without sacrificing a good score.

    Study for the DAT once school ends up until your trip.

    Take the trip, relax for the week, and maybe look over some things on your downtime...Kaplan flashcards would be perfect.

    Come home refreshed and ready to go for that final push. Also, you can take the DAT a little later in the month. I took my DAT in the middle of August without any problems. Just be sure you have your application and LOR's sent as soon as you can get them completed.

    Let's be serious here, I don't think you'll be studying all day/everyday for the entire 2 months or so leading up to your test. No sense in missing an awesome trip with your friends. Bust ass, rest and enjoy your vacation, and then continue to bust ass.
     
  7. pacbum

    pacbum 7+ Year Member

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    go on the trip...you'll regret not going. if worse comes to worse, push back your dat test a week back (but not any longer) to make up for the lost time.
     
  8. armorshell

    armorshell One Man Freak Show Dentist Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    I took a week long trip to Vegas right in the middle of studying for the DAT. Of course, it was a road trip and involved 30 total hours of driving in which I got some good studying done, and a buddy of mine who was going along had just taken the OAT, but you get the idea...
     
  9. xdianaax

    xdianaax In memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    Think about all the time thats wasted anyways, add that all up and it will be more than a week. When you get back just get back into your routine and hit it hard
     
  10. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    Oh go! I agree with the other posters...just push it back a week if you need to. If you take it in July it isn't like you are trying to apply at the earliest moment anyway. If your scores weren't that good and you wanted to take your DAT before applying and you wanted it in early (June) then I would say skip it...but you are waiting until July anyway so go. If you want to apply early and take the DAT a week or two after you were planning in July...may be fine too. Seems schools don't offer interviews much before mid-August anyway. Good luck and have fun in Mexico.
     
  11. Flyingdentist

    Flyingdentist 7+ Year Member

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    GO ON THE TRIP. It'll be worth it.
     
  12. dmd2011

    dmd2011 Random Hero 5+ Year Member

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    what is more important to you, getting into dental school or going on a trip? your performance on the DAT is critical for admission to dental school. you said that you graduate in mid june and want to take the test in mid july, that leaves about a month to prepare. given the timetable you set, it doesnt seem reasonable to waste a week of study time to go on a vacation. you will have plenty of time to take vacations after you complete your education. if you dont do well in july you have to wait until october (90 days) to retake which may ruin your chances for the 08 cycle. my advice is to take your future seriously and use all your available time to ensure that you do well on the DAT.
     
  13. dizzle23x

    dizzle23x 10+ Year Member

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    i'm a slacker so panic mode doesn't hit and i don't go hardcore till the last minute anyway. i'd say go on the trip because how efficiently are you going to study RIGHT after graduation anyway? take some time to relax and enjoy
     
  14. Safado

    Safado 5+ Year Member

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    Do it! Life is only going to get more complicated from here on out. Hopefully like others have said, it will help you relax a little before the DAT. I was going to go to Brazil recently, but I didn't because of a situation much like this. Now I've got a kid on the way and by the time I'm done with my education I may have three kids. Sounds dramatic I know... Do it!
     
  15. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Keep your priorities in order, however, at the same time, if you feel that you can afford the lost time then do your thing. Only you know what's best for you.

    Marion
     
  16. teeth2

    teeth2 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks for the input everyone.

    We'll see what I decide on but i'll probably end up going anyway. I probably should have mentioned that I just started the Kaplan class and studying for the DATs so from now til mid-July will give me about 4 months to study which I hope will be enough.
     
  17. AlphaQUp

    AlphaQUp 2+ Year Member

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    4 months is borderline overkill, dude. I studied for about 4 weeks and was sick of the material.
     
  18. Dauber

    Dauber Big Baby Jesus 2+ Year Member

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    Totally. I pushed my DAT back like 3 times cause of things like this. Take it when you're ready, not when the calender says you have to. But don't push it back too far.
     
  19. Dauber

    Dauber Big Baby Jesus 2+ Year Member

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    yea, you need about a month and a half... tops
     
  20. zreyes86

    zreyes86 Guest

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    I agree with dmd2011 completely. I'd rather have decades of fun and vacation after DS than one great trip (which could potentially ruin your chances). I'm not saying that it will for sure, but the possibility is there. Plus, I would probably worry about the DAT the entire time I was in Mexico. Either way, its your choice and only your's. If you decide to go, have a great time. Good luck on the DAT.
     
  21. IzzyMarieDMD

    IzzyMarieDMD Member 5+ Year Member

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    If you think that you can buckle down before and after your trip then go for it. But if while on vacation you are going to be stressed about the DATs then don't go.
     
  22. t man

    t man Epoxi-Lips 2+ Year Member

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    i would do it. how many chances do you have to go to mexico with your friends after you graduate? viva mexico! and then just be ready to buckle down and study when you get back.
     
  23. mymouthsmells

    mymouthsmells Old Member 2+ Year Member

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    Work hard now and you'll get to play later. Play hard now and you'll have to work later.
     

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