Hey, SDN. As dramatic as it sounds, I've been making adjustments to my semester course schedule and I woke up last night in a bit of a panic. For the first time, I felt seriously discouraged about dental school admissions. I'm currently a junior at Texas A&M applying in the upcoming cycle and have pursued dental school since high school. I would say I have a strong application, I haven't taken DAT yet, but I feel discouraged by the fact that I had a pretty rough Fall 2020 semester (with classes being online) and I fear the situation is going to be the same this semester. I'm so afraid that my GPA will drop with the rigorous courses and I won't be accepted due to performing poorly online. I started thinking of alternatives like RDA for a year and then applying again, or a dental hygiene program instead. I guess honestly I just need some encouragement or success stories from others? Should I apply this cycle if my GPA lowers? Should I attend hygiene school first? Please help!