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This Average Joe Wants to Know if Theres Hope

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Havel, May 1, 2007.

  1. Havel

    Havel Newb 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    I've been in school for most of the 20 years of my short life. Over those years I have accumulated many grades. It has taken me until now to relize that I am just an average student. I make A's and B's with a few C's mixed in for spice, but mostly I'm just a B student. Science classes are very difficult for me but I work hard, and I want to be a dentist. So is there really any hope for a hopelessly average student to make it into dental school?
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  3. LNinlove

    LNinlove Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 31, 2004
    Do a search for the under 3.0 club...there is always hope! You are above average...last time I checked average was a 2.0.
  4. Envision

    Envision Envisioning... 7+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    Average for grad school?
  5. tooth decay

    tooth decay science officer 2+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2006

    I think the biggest aspect of your academic life that needs to change, besides your grades, is your defeatist attitude. You sound like you are ready to surrender even before you have begun applying.
  6. DJ Quik

    DJ Quik Future Podiatrist 7+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2006
    with my brains and your work ethic, I have no doubt you could get in.
    In all reality though, if you are under 3.0, Unless you are a minority, most schools will fill there class before they even look at your other qualifications. Ask me how I know.
    If you can manage a 3.2 or better though, with a decent DAT, you should get in somewhere.

    Best of Luck
  7. DDSY

    DDSY Bright Lights at Night 7+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    United States
    With A's and B's and few C's, your average should be above 3.0. You still have a pretty good shot of getting into dental school with a decent DAT score.
  8. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Louisville, KY
    You're not hopeless. Just make sure you do enough EC and to make up for the grade, (If you are lacking) but most importantly, do well on the DAT and apply early.
  9. remify

    remify Member 5+ Year Member

    May 8, 2006
    right now, it's difficult to be average and get into dental school. you've got to find your niche and excel in something.
  10. AnonymousADCOM

    AnonymousADCOM 2+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2006
  11. Fonz

    Fonz 7+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    I'm not gonna lie to ya. I hope you're good at rock climbing because it gonna be an uphill battle...........

    It depends how much you want it. Honestly I think if you really really want it you would be putting more effort into getting better grades. You could do some post bacc stuff to raise your GPA. Do a substantial amount of volunteering in the dental field and general volunteering. If there is some way you can get to know d-school profs or adcom members then do it (Sometimes its who you know as they say). Do some manual dexterity stuff like sculpting or a musical instrument. Join a program for pre-dents.
  12. Dauber

    Dauber Big Baby Jesus 2+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2007

    You're only 20 so you have plenty of time to finish out your schooling with mostly A's. Work had at your science to show you can get A's in them; you don't have to elaborate on how hard you had to bust your ass for them when you fill out an application/go to interview. But if you struggle with science, what do you expect dental school to be like? It's physiology, pharmacology, pathology, biochem, etc. Good luck.
  13. Veneto

    Veneto Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    This is not true. There is no amount of Extra Curriculars that will make up for bad grades. The chances are one in a million. I dont care if you build a mission that gives free dentistry to impoverished South American countries. This will only tell adcoms that you are really good at building free dental clinics and that is a huge talent in and of itself. Now if you have good grades, and DAT scores and build that mission in South America there is someone they are looking for. I have said this a million times but here it is again, the only thing that will help bad DAT scores or bad grades is getting better DAT scores and better grades. Everything else like EC's, LOR's, and shadowing or dental working experience is only useful after they deem you to have the raw scores that are worth looking at. It's that simple.

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