been crying and feeling sensitive whenever its brought up

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
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1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@elliptical2013:  Hang in there!!  My sister is a pharmacist and I remember her waiting game.  I can’t wait to hear good news from you!!  Just keep taking deep breaths.  Try to do something to keep yourself distracted.  Go on walks, do busy work, stuff Christmas cards.  Anything!!  Good luck!!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@elliptical2013:  I’m a dental recruiter and district operations manager, who also considered dental school after graduating. Are you that certain you want to be in dentistry??? Have you ever worked in the dental field? 

Having worked so closely with dentists/associates for so long now, I can tell you there’s a reason I never committed to moving forward with it.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Two comments!

(1) I was in this position last year! I applied to 10 PhD programs, and the first SIX were all no’s. I didn’t actually know that they were no’s, but I knew from the internet that these schools had notified, so I knew I hadn’t gotten in. People (read: my parents) kept being like, “You don’t know for sure though!” and I was so furious! I was like, “Really, I do know. So eff all of you.” And then I got into the next four straight–so keep your hopes up. 🙂

(2) FI’s best friend didn’t get into dental school his first go-round, but he did a short post-bac and an internship program (I think? something with a dental clinic, maybe volunteering) and he got in lots of places his second time. So even if you don’t get in anywhere (which HOPEFULLY is not the case!), you can always bump up your credentials and re-apply. Now this guy is a dentist, and no one has any clue that he didn’t get in his first time–it completely doesn’t matter at all. He was actually one of the top students in his classes, too, from what FI said.

FX for you!! I remember how much this period sucked–I definitely felt like a crazy nutball, and I cried a lot.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@elliptical2013:  I’m not sure where you live…. However, Florida has Nova Southeastern. Nova has a dental program, and the newer LECOM in Bradenton (so new, I don’t even think they’ve had a graduating class yet, or may have only had one so far). With more students than *ever* applying to dental school, the competition is amazingly high. So, this is probably why you have such a delay… These schools take their time making sure they get the candidates they want, so don’t worry quite yet.

I don’t know if you’ve thought about applying to any private schools, but they tend to be much easier to get into. However, they can be *really* expensive (some a debt of $200k+ easily). The education is also not the same quality of say, University of Florida. Either way, your first couple of years in the field as an actual provider is where you will learn/hone your craft. So, I wouldn’t be overly choosy with the school… Especially if finances are flexible in terms of tuition (parents are helping, etc.). If you have a passion for it, artistic ability and are detailed oriented, you will most likely be successful regardless of school.

I ask if you have worked in a dental office, as I know the schools can tend to sell you the world (versus realistic post-graduate expectations). And, I won’t tell you the negative sides of the dental field, because I dont want to discourage you. Clearly there is a positive aspect to it, too, if I’ve stayed in it. : ) I was fortunate enough to find really great success in the field, and was able to avoid dental school altogether. Otherwise, I likely would have went for a DMD/DDS myself. If you’re passionate about it, you should go after it even if it takes longer than expected.

If you want my contacts for either of the above schools, let me know. They handle admissions and would maybe be able to help. Also, if you have *any* questions about the dental field in general, practice ownership vs. Being an associate, corporation vs private practice, what to expect after graduation, etc… please feel free to ask. I’m a wealth of otherwise useless dental knowledge. : )

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i don’t know your grades or requirements for dental school but I would think that your volunteer work would make you a good candidate.

FX for you!!!

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@elliptical2013:  Hey chica! I’m in d-school right now, studying for finals, womp! I just wanted to send some encouragement and hugs your way. Many people in my class applied twice or three times to make it in, I’m actually the second youngest in my class, so apparently its common for it to take multiple application cycles to get in. Don’t let the application cycle get to you or ruin your wedding related happiness! You are still making big strides and progress in life! Some of my older friends in school with me are still waiting on a proposal from their long term boyfriends, and are itching to be married, so trust me, you’re blessed 🙂
Does your state have many instate schools? I know in state dschools always show preference to instate applicants. Dental school has made me cry one too many times itself so trust me, I understand academic frustration. Feel free to PM me, and I’ll be sure to reply you on my study breaks 🙂

Hugs!! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@elliptical2013:  I totally know that feeling. I applied to so many grad schools and was very depressed when I was only waitlisted. The very next year I got waitlisted again. I had given up all hope. When one day I got a random call that I had been accepted. LITERALLY LIFE CHANGING. I have to be honest though that year off really truly made me appreciate being accepted. Everytime I moan and groan about my program I think of that sad year and how much I wanted it then, and it always pushes me through whatever gets thrown at me.

Many of the students in my program were also wait listed the year before being accepted. It is very common not to get in the first year. Many times they accept based off of demographics, its not all about GPA. 

Post # 12
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@elliptical2013:  also, how long ago did you apply/interview? I just talked to one of my best friends, who is a dentist in South FL. She applied to several schools late (in fall)… She didn’t even hear back from some of them until around January or February. She got accepted to her choice school about a month later. 

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@elliptical2013: Out of 20 schools, I promise you are still in the running. Whether you are wait listed or not. 

Next, it’s a great idea to further your education, while you continue working towards admission. However, I’ve only seen advanced degrees (prior to dental school) and dental-related degrees (like hygiene) on a small fraction of CVs. I’ve seen more dental assistants become dentists than hygienists. So, I’d honestly say it’s only worth doing if you want to do it for yourself vs. solely to look better on paper. Hygienists with a little experience realistically make $30-$35/hr with a 2-yr degree alone… So, considering that, it’s not a bad investment either way. In addition to the stats, it also gives you real life experience in the dental office setting (Which most graduate dentists have never had).

The main highlights that I have seen in many postgraduate CVs (aside from GPA, because most applicants have a great GPA) are:

Volunteer time/ops: Which you clearly have a start on… Like a PP said, demographics are a *big* part of it. And, personality is *huge*. If you were nervous in your interviews (like I would have been), that alone could make a huge impact. The best dental schools all tend to have students who are not only very intelligent academically, but have *very* unique personalities… Whether is social ability, drive, business sense, confidence, etc… Just something special about that particular person. They know those are the ones that will go out and make a name for themselves. To me- you seem *very* passionate and ambitious about it. So, do you think all of that could have been overshadowed at the interview by nerves? By being too serious? By saying everything that you thought were the right answers for an interview, but maybe pretty standard? I honestly would think it was more likely that then your stats.

Lastly, this will be an ongoing battle through this sort of program. First, struggle to get in. Then, struggle to stay in. Followed by the dreaded finals/boards… Then to find a job. Then to keep patients happy. Def not for the faint of heart. : ( So, just be patient for a little while longer. If you don’t make out, don’t beat yourself up over something you can’t change… You’ll learn from it and can only do better next time. 

ETA: the couple DMDs that I just texted said it’s quite soon to expect admission. The ones who you see are getting approvals now are shoe-ins for one reason or another, but that there are *still* plenty of seats to still be filled and will be for at least a couple/few months. Many people are applying now, so they certainly can’t fill all of the available spots with the initial applicants… Nothing to feel defeated about! Hopefully it give you some optimism! : )

 

Post # 15
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534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Ugh, this is so tough.  I didn’t apply to dental school, just law school, but it was definitely a stressful time waiting to hear back.  I’ll be crossing my fingers for you for good news.

But regardless of whether you’re accepted or not, your wedding and your dental school applications aren’t related.  Don’t let what happens here affect your wedding.  You have a LOT to be excited about and you WILL someday get into dental school.  :hugs:

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@elliptical2013:  I hear you.  I was considered a transfer student when I applied to my second undergrad.  No one bothered to tell me that high school grads get notified about a month before transfers, apparently there’s more to verify with transfers and more paperwork to file.  So I was sure I didn’t get in, I saw all these people posting on the progams facebook page how excited they were.  Then, in mid-June while on vacation (ironically in the city where the school was) sitting in a hotel lobby I discovered that application status had been changed from pending to admitted and I had transfer credits!  Don’t stress, I know it’s hard.  Thinking happy thoughts for you 🙂

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