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So I'll soon be done with my freshmen year in about 3 weeks. I wanted to know what the typical sophomore year looks like besides taking classes...i.e EC? shadowing? any other stuff that I am suppose to be already started by the junior year?
 

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So I'll soon be done with my freshmen year in about 3 weeks. I wanted to know what the typical sophomore year looks like besides taking classes...i.e EC? shadowing? any other stuff that I am suppose to be already started by the junior year?

mostly worry about GPA
everything else doesn't really matter
 
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I'm finishing up my second year here at VCU. I took...

Fall:
Ecology
Gen Chem II and lab
Psych 101
Life Science 101 (gen ed for science majors..)
Ethics and Applications

Spring:
Organic Chem w/lab
Statistics
Cell Bio
Communications technology and global society (gen ed)

Organic isn't as bad as everyone makes it seem.

edit - Also, I did lots of shadowing over breaks and also did my internship/job, assistant at a children's hospital in the dental dept.
 

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I'm finishing up my second year here at VCU. I took...

Fall:
Ecology
Gen Chem II and lab
Psych 101
Life Science 101 (gen ed for science majors..)
Ethics and Applications

Spring:
Organic Chem w/lab
Statistics
Cell Bio
Communications technology and global society (gen ed)

Organic isn't as bad as everyone makes it seem.

edit - Also, I did lots of shadowing over breaks and also did my internship/job, assistant at a children's hospital in the dental dept.

Damn, finally my fellow VCU pre-dental students are showing their faces.

Just finishing my freshmen year, these are the courses im planning on taking for my 2nd year.
Fall
Cell bio, orgo1, psychology1, lifescience, statistics
Summer
Physics, few other electives
Spring
Genetics, orgo2, ecology... more electives
 

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My soph. year was in 2002, but I don't remebr it... It was a constant party!!! Lol

I was an engineer... Enjoy college... Play with friends!! Do stupid things... Once college is over its over... Oh and get good grades in the process!

Ps. Orgo 1 and 2 were my fave classes in college!!!
 

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I am going to try and get a dentist to allow me to shadow him this summer..and this is how my fall semester is planned out

Hours: 16

1. Genetics + Lab - 4 hours
2. Cal 1 - 3 hours
3. Accelerated Spanish - 3 hours
4. Nutrition (junior level class) - 3 hours
5. Lit (english) - 3 hours

I am kinda iffy on the Nutrition class because I dont know what to expect..has anyone taken a class like nutrition??
 

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summer before sophmore year
-took some elective classes
-volunteered
-assisted at dental office

fall
-took ochem, bio, and phys
-volunteered
-assisted at dental office
-became peer dental mentor
-worked as a tutor
-worked as a study group leader
-active member of future dentist club

winter
-took ochem, phys, and classical studies
-did all the stuff i did in fall

spring
-took ochem, biochem, and music
-did all the stuff i did in fall/winter

summer before junior year
-volunteered
-assisted at dental office
-took dat

edit: added summer before junior year
 

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I would like to be more exact.
If you can get a 3.7+ gpa then don't worry about anything else.
a 3.7 student with a 23+ dat does not need more than 50 hours shadow and volunteer to get into a great school.

However, if you will not then do some volunteering.
try to get like 50 hours or so soph year

IMO 99% work on gpa
1% everything else.

GOOD LUCK
 
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The best thing you can do for your future is to work for a dentist. I worked as a dental assistant for a few summers, and the things I learned there has really helped me get into dental school and be ahead of my classmates clinically (even now, as a D3). I'm a lot more calm and confident in dealing with new cases/problems than my classmates, mainly b/c I've already seen it done before. Even in talking with patients or explaining certain things, I feel more confident (and I'm definitely a better salesperson, can tell them for a fact they "hey, it's going to be a LOT more expensive in private clinic, trust me b/c I've worked out there!").

If you're thinking of specializing, I would go ahead and shadow as many specialists as I can during the summers. It's always interesting too, to see how different offices are set up and run (and you can make mental notes for yourself, to think ahead of how you would like YOUR office to be set up one day).
 
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