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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by thegame2388, May 8, 2008.

  1. thegame2388

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    and knitting and your local CC, I mean, why in the world would you ever do that? Doesn't that look horrible on a DD school admissions applications?
     
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    No, it shows that you have other interests outside of dentistry. It's a hobby just like playing sports.
     
  4. Blarelli

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    Why would that look horrible on your application? Seems to me they are more relevent to the dental field than any humanities, or history classes I've been forced to take.
     
  5. thegame2388

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    Because it looks like you took those nonsense courses to boost your GPA
     
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    I took under water basket weaving that takes more skill...
     
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    When they see that A in pottery and think, "this person padded thier GPA" thats when they scroll down and see your A in Ochem and biology.

    When they look at your science GPA they can also se how it correlates with your non science GPA.

    And if your so jealous of these GPA 'padders', then why don't you go out and do some padding yourself? It is perfectly LEGIT. I wish I had done it myself. Luckily my 3.4 was good enough.
     
  8. thegame2388

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    I see your point. I understand that GPA padding is perfectly legit and something that I'm sure everyone does.

    However, let's say, it's not an A in OChem and Biology but rather a B? Where is the line between legit and GPA paddin' loser?

    But I guess it's all good!
     
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    I'm sorry sir but my 'A' in underwater hotel management far exceeds your accomplishment.

    To the OP: ofcourse if your transcript is made up of too much high grades in fluff and mediocre grades in science courses, it will hurt you. But taking a fluff course that requires manual dexterity will help you show adcoms you have some skills.
     
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    What if I take a course that has nothing to do with manual dexterity? Like say, Intro to Psychology or Philosophy?
     
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    again, that's why they have a separate calculation of your science GPA and your BCP GPA. You can only pad your GPA so much. If you're taking psych and other courses that are not bio, chem or physics, or just not sciences at all, just to pad your GPA, and your science grades are not good, the adcoms will be able to see that right away.

    example: Let's say I have a 3.6 GPA. Not bad. My application will show, say, that my overall gpa for non-science courses is a 4.0, but my science prereqs may only be a 3.0 or something. So, it doesn't really matter how many gpa-padding courses I take. If I suck at my science prereqs, I can't hide it behind a veil of A's in non-science classes.
     
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    That's true but what if the dude takes like oceanography or physical geography? These are all science classes after all, aren't they?
     
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    no, because when they look at science, they specifically look at the BCP grades; biology, chemistry and physics, and there's also the distinction between lower level and upper level to take into account. An upper level oceanography course can be harder than your average ochem class. It sounds like you think that the admissions commitees are getting "duped" by these so-called "padders". Don't worry, they've seen most of these tricks before and can see through them. I'd worry more about grade inflation at some schools these days than gpa-padding.

     
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    I don't think it looks bad at all. One or 2 courses won't even change your GPA much. I am however amazed that schools offer weaving. I always thought it was just a joke people said when making comparisons to an easy major.
     
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    The other day someone was talking about underwater basket weaving courses. I had thought they were a myth, but apparently weaving underwater makes for better baskets, something about makeing the reeds stronger and more pliable. Who knows, maybe it makes a difference for manual dexterity, and you know its got to be a cool thing to bring up in interviews!
     
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    Next semester I'm taking Fly Tying and Fly Casting. Fly Tying, in my opinion, requires more manual dexterity than any other art class I can think of. And on top of that, it rocks. Besides, I need something to help take the pressure off from my other classes.
     
  17. thegame2388

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    That's a joke ^
     
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    why does it have to be a joke? Have you seen some of the course selections at your local community college? you can take just about anything for credit.
     
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    Dude I know. But taking CC online courses is just as plausible. Why not do that?

    That way, say some dude takes like 3-4 classes each summer between now and when he applies to D-School.

    That's at least 6-8 classes which one has an "A" for. 3.0 unit classes (semester units) x 4 x 2 = 24 smester units = 3.7-4.0 GPA depending on A-'s vs. A's.

    Either way, that's a pretty big boost considering 6-8 classes out of 36 classes by the time you get to applying to D-School.
     
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    again, even though your overall gpa may be raised, your BCP and science GPAs will be readily available for viewing and those will not be affected (at least BCP) by classes like that.
     
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    Eh, it all depends on if the CC has some science class like "AIDS In the Modern World" or something lol
     
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    Call it a joke if you'd like. It won't make the least bit of difference either way in getting me into an interview when I apply, but it will help me be a little different from the majority of others interviewing.

    I think you are over-analyzing things here. Take your required courses, take courses that interest you, and take courses that you think are fun. Do good in ALL your courses, especially your science courses. Do well on the DAT. Be involved in the community. Get involved in Dentistry. That is what will get you in.
    Don't live your life fearing what the Admissions Department at some D-School is going to think. You will be miserable. The folks in the Admissions Department are not naive. They can take a look at your transcript, see the courses you take, and see the grades you have received, and tell a good student from a bad student. A dozen A's in 'easy' courses isn't going to make up for getting 3 or 4 C's in your Bio or Chemistry courses, even if it does bring your GPA up to a respectable number.
     
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    No I'm not gonna get C's and B's in those science course. The only C's I've gotten is TWICE in Math: Calculus. But now, I'm done with the math series so it's much much better. I just don't want them to think "Oh great, online courses, he got A+'s in them, that ranks as 4.33 and that significantly raises his GPA to like 3.67, hmmmm BS!"

    SIGH.
     
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    hey its better than nothing I suppose
     
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    Good. Then they are LEGITIMATE GPA boosters, whether people like to admit them or not.
     
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    Isn't any class a LEGITIMATE GPA booster? It seems to me that the only thing keeping you back from getting that boost is yourself.
     
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    Well I'm hearing mixed opinions. Trust me, I register for CC classes in two days and I 100% certainly will for the summer. Woot!
     
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    You are acting like the Dental School Admissions officers just go scrolling through applicant's GPAs and accept the ones that are high. Perhaps that's how it works at Undergrad schools where classes can reach the thousands, but for Dental School, they are going to look at your entire transcript, including the grade you have for EVERY class you ever took. If you did better than someone in the sciences and academic classes, but the other person has a higher GPA than you because of taking underwater basket weaving, the admissions officers will see that.
     
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    i don't think that adcoms can see if the classes you take are online or not...

    if you can get away with 20/120 hrs of online credits to graduate, then more power to you. they may be easier, but when i look at my transcript there is no distinguishment between classroom work and on-line work. (i don't have any online courses, but some friends of mine do so that is where i checked this)

    just a thought...
     
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    dude i know, but the AADSAS states that you MUST LABEL the classes as online if they truly ARE online

    what do u want me to do? lie to AADSAS?
     

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