The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD) ASDA chapter is very excited about the first annual ASDA Predental Week (Feb 17-21)! We would like to share some of the events we have planned to encourage your dental schools to get involved with the predental students and organizations located in your area.
Interviews can be a stressful experience. Here are a few suggestions for things to bring along to make sure you interview day goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Book: Interview days often involve a lot of traveling and waiting. After arriving at the dental school, you shouldn’t be on your phone, and you can only read through the information packet so many times. Having a good book will not only give you something to do before your interview day starts, but it can also be a great conversation starter for your interviewer. However, once the day begins, it is also a good idea to be social and get to know the other interviewees.
Read on for 8 more items to bring with you!
As an officer of my predental organization, it has been a challenge to plan activities and speakers that our club has not already participated in. Until recently, I had always thought resources like LinkedIn were not of much use to predental students. However, once I created an account and connected with professionals in the dental field I realized how wrong I had been!
Applying to dental school can be pretty scary! You have so many things to think about such as: shadowing hours, community service, networking, where to apply, when to apply, when to take the DAT, what to wear to the interview, and so much more! Predental organizations are a great way to get involved with a network of other predental students that are working towards the same goal: getting in to dental school!
Without a mouthful of teeth, our appearances would be startlingly different (like this!). Although skipping out on flossing a few times a week or neglecting to replace our toothbrushes regularly may not lead to a completely edentulous smile, as dental health care providers we should be careful not to neglect our own oral health.
As far as career choices go, dentistry has only recently come into my life. As a boy I wanted to be Batman, but over time I realized I wouldn’t have sufficient funds to run my evening escapades (not to mention, keep up the daytime billionaire guise). Then I settled upon engineering. Through engineering, I discovered my true passion for crafting and restoring balance in people’s lives. It was my desire to create that motivated me to make a life changing decision to pursue dentistry. A 10-week predental course at Florida Atlantic University really solidified my choice in dentistry. Read on…