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Nontraditional 2016 dental school applicants rally!

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by willwash, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. willwash

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    Who is the most non-traditional?

    32 years old, 4 kids, 8.5 years active duty in naval aviation w/2 carrier deployments, 1,000+ flight hours in type (E-2C Hawkeye!) and 200+ carrier landings.

    Political science major--graduated with a BA from UNC in 2006 with just one semester of physics under my belt in terms of hard sciences. First decided I wanted to become a dentist in April 2014 2 months before my 31st birthday and started postbacc summer term 2014. No gap year for me. I'll be filling prereqs all the way through summer term 2016, depending on where I end up going!
     
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    Finishing up my bachelors this up coming semester in two an a half years. I just turned 20 and I'm applying this cycle. You guys got me beat though.
     
  5. RuffDay

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    Not quite sure if I am consider non traditional, but I graduated in 2014. Took a few more classes after graduation, and now I am applying to dental schools + jobs.
     
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    me too! i graduated in 2014. i took some post-bacc classes 2014-2015. i'm applying this cycle.

    good luck to everyone!! :)
     
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    Can't argue with that logic.Haha
     
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    Love this thread! I am also non tradition student graduated 2012 in foreign country. I am going back to school for my pre req next week! I will probably apply 2years from now...Good luck everyone!
     
  9. Pearl E. White

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    how do you know if you're non-trad?
     
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    I majored Non Science
     
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    Graduated with my BSc in '08, MSc in '11, and PhD in '15. I've gotten married and will soon have kids. It is fun. Currently also applying to MSL jobs with big pharma in case my dream of dentistry does not pan out this year. Pushing for a mans best friend and have a deal with the wife where we can get one if I have strong X swimmers
     
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    I'll be in your guys' shoes next year. I graduated this year, but I'll be taking some more classes via post-bacc DIY route and apply next application cycle 2016-2017. Good luck! :smug:
     
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    after spending 11 years in research field, you just give up and want to pursue another 4+ years of dental education (probably count more pre req classes since they probably expire for you) ???????
     
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    You can think what you think but "give up" is certainly something I did not do. I certainly enjoy what I do, but I also know I will enjoy what I'm about to do even more.

    The real shock will be having to pay tuition for the first time.
     
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    I'm 30, in my 8th year teaching HS English, department chair for four years, and I plan to apply next cycle! Can we say "nervous"?!?!?!
     
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    I think if you didn't go straight into dental school after getting your BS
     
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  17. Pearl E. White

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    Oh I see. I had some breaks during undergrad I guess that doesn't count lol
     
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    I had a good friend in undergrad who was 30 years old an an active member of the Air Force. Good news is he easily qualified for the Air Force scholarship...He is now a D3 at Missouri Kansas City. Good luck.
     
  19. LolaSF

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    Graduated in 2011 with a degree in philosophy and worked in the legal field for a while. Did a post-bac and applying this cycle!
     
  20. DentalLonghorn2014

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    What breaks are you referring to? Lol
     
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    Winter break, spring break, summer break.... the usual
     
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  22. DentalLonghorn2014

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    Oh def not then lol. I thought she was referring to like taking a semester off or something haha
     
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  23. hellofuturedentists

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    hahaha i'm just kidding. i'm sure she meant actual gaps
     
  24. DentalLonghorn2014

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    Yeah I'm a little gullible today ha
     
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    Lol that was funny. No I did have actual breaks because of financial issues.
     
  26. DentalLonghorn2014

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    If you dont mind me asking, did it take you 5 or 6 years to get your BS?
     
  27. Pearl E. White

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    It has been 6 years since I graduated high school...still working on BS :(
     
  28. DentalLonghorn2014

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    you may be considered a non-traditional then tbh
     
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    Double major Foreign Affairs/ African American Studies, graduated from UVA in 2012, did TFA taught kindergarten for 2 years, finishing up pre reqs and applying next cycle!
     
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    Single mother to a 4 year old. Started college 3 years after high school. I will be applying this upcoming cycle in 2016.
     
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    Not necessarily. I started my BS after 6 years in the military. I'm married (wife also started and graduated with me), have 2 kids, and I'm 28. I'd say that's fairly nontrad!!!
     
  32. DentalLonghorn2014

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    Haha yes very true
     
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    I'm not the most non-traditional.
    It took me 5 years to graduate from UT Austin with degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. I finished a graduate program at Tulane and will be taking additional classes this fall. I'm applying this cycle and currently looking for some research positions.
     
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  34. willwash

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    I don't even have a BS, mine's a BA lol
     
  35. virginiaisfordentists

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    me too lol
     
  36. DentalLonghorn2014

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    Well hey there fellow Texas grad!
     
  37. DentalLonghorn2014

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    What's the difference? I never got around to asking about that ha
     
  38. Daneosaurus

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    Bachelor of Arts vs Bachelor of Science.

    Edited to add: A BS is usually more focused and involves more analytical skills. A BA is usually broader in scope offering a wide array of many topics in the humanities. BA generally involves a lot more writing.

    That said, as far as what either can do for you, it's virtually DMD vs DDS. Which is to say there's no discernible difference. DDS/DMD technically are only different in name though.
     
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    Does it make a difference which one you graduate with?
     
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    I edited my post, but the answer is no. They're considered equivalent.
     
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    Ah okay that makes sense. Thanks a lot man!
     
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    They're both bachelor's degrees. A BA is generally not a science major, however, which adds to my non-traditional-ness IMO. I had to go back at age 31 and take a bunch of chemistry and biology classes as post-bacc.
     
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    Gotcha!
     
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    Graduated in 2013 with a degree in Sociology (and minor in entrepreneurship!). Worked in public policy research for a bit. Then started two businesses while finishing my pre-reqs (countabilitycoaching.com & occuplatter.com). Now getting ready to start my 2-year masters program in Marriage and Family Therapy, and planning to start dental school right after that one is done!
     
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    Graduated in 2011 with a degree in Foreign Language & Literature. Worked 3 years and decided to go back to school and take science classes and I'm now applying for dental school. Wish me luck!
     
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    Good luck! Very similar to my situation. I've gotten one interview invite so far so it's definitely possible!
     
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    So here's my story,

    Defending my dental implant PhD thesis tomorrow
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    DAT: AA21, TS 22
    3 good LOR
    Lots of research and EC hours
    Almost 200 hours of shadowing
    Mailing Date: 07/31/2015
    Already got rejected by LECOM

    Hopefully I can get in somewhere, and best of luck to everyone else as well!
     
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    4 years active duty Army with 2 combat tours to Iraq. 33 years old with a wife and 2 boys under the age of three. Graduated with a BS in Animal Science and went back to school August 2014 to finish pre-reqs. I applied this cycle and I am (not so patiently) awaiting an interview invite. 750 hours shadowing/ 412 hours volunteering, 3.54 oGPA and a 3.31 sGPA
     
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    Do you have any idea if BS from hygiene school serves as the Bachelor's requirement for Dental School?
     
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    Hi @irishmom , I've sent you a PM with my questions!
     

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