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year off before dental school... what should i do?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by yesdds, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. yesdds

    yesdds 7+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    I'm graduating college this spring and will be applying to dental school this summer. Any ideas for what to do next year?
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  3. shamrock2006

    shamrock2006 5+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Nowhere and Everywhere
    if you think your stats need improving then yes take classes. During my year off I just worked to save up as much money as possible and applied w/ what I had numbers wise. Getting a job at a dental office is a good'll give you even more of an idea what the profession is all about AND help you make some cash on the side. But make sure you take time to enjoy yourself as well...I didn't and I so wish I would have taken a trip or something instead of working my a$$ off day in and day out. But oh live you learn.
  4. yesdds

    yesdds 7+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    Thanks. Do you know what schools will let me take upper level science classes for the year?
  5. t man

    t man Epoxi-Lips 2+ Year Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    you can take upper level classes anywhere, just about. so long as you've completed the prereqs somewhere... you just need to apply as a non-matriculated student and be accepted. they'll either make you ask the professor permission to register, or just let you sign up w/o permission.
  6. jackbauer!

    jackbauer! Guest

    Jul 2, 2006
    West of MLK
    get a MS degree or become a high school science teacher.

  7. ChitownDDS

    ChitownDDS 5+ Year Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    Los Angeles
    do research in an area that interests you on top of taking a class or two
  8. DailyDrivenTJ

    DailyDrivenTJ 2+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2007
    How about working at a dental lab?? That is what I am planning.
  9. dizzle23x

    dizzle23x 10+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2005
    go travel, best decision i've ever made
  10. polf

    polf 5+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    You can't be travelling and applying to dental school at the same time though... being out of the country and having interviews is no good.

    do the travel thing during the two summer after college and before dent school, spend the fall,winter,spring working or going to school. that's what im planning
  11. Dauber

    Dauber Big Baby Jesus 2+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    Do a 1 yr non-thesis biology masters program. It is hard to get work in a dental lab. Unless you know someone, they're likely not to hire you. They are running a business and want the people they train to be able to stay. If you want to get into dental school, a masters and more shadowing is the way to go.

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