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I have no idea how I'm going to survive the boredom that is my gap year. All of my friends are going onto further education or starting their careers, and I'm here... just trying to waste time. Is anyone else going through the same struggle? Any advice?

Please... :lame:
 
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This is a great time to work on yourself, maybe you always wanted to learn a sport, or get bigger by going to the gym, or better yet work!
 
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Sensibleshrike

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I have no idea how I'm going to survive the boredom that is my gap year. All of my friends are going onto further education or starting their careers, and I'm here... just trying to waste time. Is anyone else going through the same struggle? Any advice?

Please... :lame:
Not sure if you applied to any of the Texas programs yet, but they absolutely hate seeing gaps in education. As in, if you have an unexplainable gap in education in your gap year, it almost disqualifies you from their programs.
 
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Work hard. Get a job. Do some research. But most of all, take it easy. Find a hobby. Have fun. ;)

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Fets

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It's probably hard to imagine enjoying your gap year right now, but just enjoy it. Start a new hobby, work out, read some books, watch TV shows, or whatever you like to do. Once school starts you'll wish you had free time again.

I'm on break after my summer semester of D1, and while I get bored at times, I'm reminding myself to enjoy it while it lasts.
 
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laffytaffy19

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Try to engage in something you really enjoy doing but never got a chance to do in college. If you're interested in photography, maybe start a photography project. If you love writing, start a blog. Whatever you enjoy doing, now's the time to embrace it before dental school starts. Maybe find some time to travel.

It might seem sort of boring at the moment, but like @Fets said, the free time doesn't last so take advantage of it. I suggest also finding a job to earn some money or do some volunteering.
 
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Work, set specific days a week to volunteer and shadow so you don't have a gap in those areas, Netflix, workout, sleep.
also, you can save money so you can save up for your first year of dental school on stuff like first month rent, furniture, etc
 
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I really enjoy shadowing different specialists and seeing some complex cases that they're working on. Spend some time with each of them if you can.
 

Garett24

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You never know what you have till it's gone. FOr the love of god do something productive with your time. Save up some money for things for your car, workout, and most importantly TRAVEL.
 
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I'm taking a gap semester after finishing my high school so I understand your struggle

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Everyone you know is working hard to further their education. Why don't you work hard and hit the gym, read, or take on some hobbies
 
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Work and make a few bucks. I'm working as a CNA in my gap year, which is nice since it pays fairly well and exposes me to patient care. You could try something similar.
 

careerchanger09

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If you want to expand your knowledge of dentistry, there are many amazing dental podcasts. You can listen to them while you exercise. Here are some to start with:
All Podcast Shows
Loren's list of helpful podcasts

Dentaltown is also a valuable resource to educate yourself on current issues and discussions that dentists are having. Create an account and spend some time on that website.

If you want to read some books for financial literacy and educate yourself on the business side of dentistry:
The White Coat Investor
Pillars of Dental Success
Rich Dad Poor Dad
 

Faux

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You're doing it wrong lol.


Was the best year.
 

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Three days in, buried in embryology and dental wax. Enjoy life while you still can. o_O
 
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