Predental

Learning to live below your means in dental school

saving moneyAs pre-dental students we are always trying to be immersed in the scientific and medical world. The world of business and finances is far from the mind of the typical science student. But ask any dentist who has recently graduated and they will tell you, “I wish I had learned more about finances.”

It’s hard to imagine learning about things like investing, 401(k)s, retirement, etc., while we are in undergrad, but the earlier we start to investigate finances the further ahead we will be as practicing dentists.

Getting into dental school is more than just good grades

predental studentPredental students are often consumed with how important their GPA and DAT scores are when applying to dental school. Although they are definitely crucial to gaining acceptance into dental school, the application contains other areas that students can use to strengthen their application. To ensure you are a well-rounded, competitive applicant when you hit the “submit” button focus on these important areas…

A new resource for nontraditional dental school applicants

Screen Shot 2014-02-19 at 3.11.14 PMFor a nontraditional applicant, the process of applying to dental school can seem complex and overwhelming. As nontraditional applicants ourselves, we have experienced the frustrations of uncertainty first-hand. Most resources are geared toward the large numbers of traditional applicants, who continue on to dental school immediately after college. However, as the pool of nontraditional applicants increases, it is vital to provide resources for these students to help them along their dental school application journeys. For some, this simply means explaining how to complete and submit their AADSAS application. For others, the road is a bit more nuanced, requiring guidance in necessary coursework, DAT preparation, shadowing and more. As part of ASDA’s Predental Advisory Committee, we have created a guide specifically geared toward nontraditional applicants to assist them in the process.

Top 7 resources for predental students

ideaYou’re a predental and there is one thing on your mind = getting into dental school. You’ll have to work hard for good grades and a high score on the DAT. Your hard work combined with ASDA’s resources for predentals should make for some exciting results. Here are the top 7 resources you should be utilizing as a predental member of ASDA…

9 things to bring on an interview

9-interview-itemsInterviews 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!