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Hi everyone,
I'm trying to figure out what to do this summer and thought I'd ask for your suggestions.
I am applying in june, so I'm guessing whatever I do is not really gonna be considered by the adcoms (...or is it?)

my GPA's not too great (around 3.0 at best) so I'm wondering whether I should take more classes over the summer to boost my GPA. (would adcoms notice?)

Or do research, and maybe get a publication.

Or try to find a dental practice to work for, maybe do sterilizations etc.

thanks!
 

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If I were you, I would take classes and volunteer 1 day a week. The amount of applicants are rising every year and the amount of competitive applicants as well. Since your gpa is a lovely 3.0, you have to bring it up. Have you taken the DAT yet? Research, I like research but It hasn't done anything for me.

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is it possible to do all three?
i would suggest to take summer classes and if you can squeeze it in work, of maybe even volunteer at that clinic. extra science classes, or maybe repeating a bad course will help and show that you are working hard over the summer. and doing hands on work at an office shows your doing more than shadowing.
good luck
 

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What ever you decided to do, the Adcoms will notice. It seemed to me that they were very interested in what I was currently doing and if anything (grades, research, or volunteering) had changed since I completed my app.

I agree with the previous post try and get your GPA up and get some volunteer hours in. If you're applying to a research oriented school then that may be more helpful, but otherwise IMO I would work on the first two.
 

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I have the same question because I will be graduating this May and I did not get into Dental School for the 2005 cycle and I passed the deadline for applying to graduate school.

I'm still uncertain if I can take undergraduate courses once I graduate and whether or not those classes will count toward my gpa.

I'm definitly going to volunteer at the clinic and I'm trying to find a local dentist to shadow with...

Anything else I should focus on? :confused:
 

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antidote said:
Hi everyone,
I'm trying to figure out what to do this summer and thought I'd ask for your suggestions.
I am applying in june, so I'm guessing whatever I do is not really gonna be considered by the adcoms (...or is it?)

my GPA's not too great (around 3.0 at best) so I'm wondering whether I should take more classes over the summer to boost my GPA. (would adcoms notice?)

Or do research, and maybe get a publication.

Or try to find a dental practice to work for, maybe do sterilizations etc.

thanks!
last summer i was able to do all three, i took biochem, worked in clinical research (no publications, just experience working with blood and everything around the lab), and i also got to shadow a general dentist (thats easy when its your dad), and an oral surgeon a lot. i would say it is possible to do all three, but if you dont feel comfortable being really busy during the summer, two is no problem at all.