A Walk in the Park

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

We finally got a short break (although I guess you could call this “the calm before the storm”) since our next set of exams is in two weeks during which we’ll have 2-3 exams each day straight for a week. Taking around 14 classes doesn’t always give us a ton of time to relax and do other non-dentistry related things. I used to write A LOT and admittedly, at times I feel like a brainless, studying machine with most of my energy allotted to wrought memorization rather than critical thinking and analysis. Continue reading “A Walk in the Park”

Behind the Scenes

Decided to surprise everyone with an impromptu photoshoot. We’ve been working on Class I’s and II’s on our typodonts and some extra credit caries removal on real, extracted teeth. This semester has generally been a challenge because we have some many projects and so many deadlines. Here are some of my happy classmates during a slightly less stressful week plus a couple of our row instructors:

The Immigrants’ March in Ann Arbor

Coming from a family of immigrants, it was an honor to be able to march (and take photos!) in solidarity with everyone yesterday (March 25, 2017). The march was amazing. So many people had really creative and witty signs and of course I tried to capture every single one of them as well as the people behind them.

The group started at the federal building and made their way to the diag and the famous steps of the Hatcher grad student library where a countless number of other protests have taken place throughout history. Continue reading “The Immigrants’ March in Ann Arbor”

An Escape to Paris

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Warning: This is a long one (with a ton of pictures)! But if you’ve ever been to Paris, you’ll understand why ❤

Over spring break I went to Paris! E and I made the decision to visit during break since one of his housemates, Mireille, is an architecture professor at UM and generously offered to let us stay in her apartment in Paris during the week. She’s usually there during the spring and summer so during these cold winter months, the apartment remains mostly unoccupied. One of the things she shared with us before our visit was a piece she wrote for an architecture journal published here called “Postcards from Paris” where she depicts the past and present of her neighborhood and the surrounding areas in both a critical and informative narrative.

Apparently E and I didn’t get the memo that for Americans, Paris is simply a place to propose to your girlfriend. Being in a 2 year serious relationship, we
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Life After an Exam

I wish I could trick myself every day that my next exam was tomorrow. I don’t know what it is but as soon as I walk out of an exam I cannot focus for the life of me despite having another exam coming up (or three next week actually). In fact I ended up spending about 2 hours deciding which pairs of shoes (specifically, 6 various pairs of black leather booties or boho-looking beige booties) I would buy. It was a wonderful waste of an evening (and in case you were wondering, I decided not to buy any because I realized I don’t look very good in booties).

The nice thing about this semester is that there is a lot less busy work. People say that D1 Winter term is supposedly harder than the Fall term but so far it seems to be a lot more manageable probably in part because I’ve gotten used to the course load as well as learning how to study for so much at a time (like what did I ever complain about in undergrad). Also, I think I do a lot better when I can concentrate on just a test rather than a bunch of little quizzes and homework assignment. I never thought I would say this, but I would much prefer to have 2-3 big exams (non-cumulative) for each class than a bunch of little homework assignments that distract me from studying.

Anyways, I finally did get a few slides of Nervous System in and a good late night workout. Goodnight!

A Guide to Getting into Dental School

This is a (LONG) guide based on my own personal experience getting into dental school as well as advice from other students and mentors including tips for the personal statement, the DAT, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and the interview process.

Personal Statement

Hopefully you’ve had some thoughts on the personal statement. Knowing where to start is always the hardest part especially if you’re not someone who is used to “bragging” about yourself. But this is a little different. The personal statement is meant to highlight the important parts of your life that led you to the path of dentistry and to display why you would make a good dentist. Was it a specific incident that occurred while working in a volunteer clinic that broadened your life view? Was it the moment you realized what it really meant to be a leader? The personal statement is about the human connection and the details that are often excluded from a resume.

Another thing to emphasize are hobbies that may indicate that you have fine motor skills since this is an important part of dentistry! In mine, I talked about how, in my free time, I spread and pin butterflies. This is just one example, but if you have other hobbies this can range from piano to painting, knitting or whatever. And of course, you could choose to Continue reading “A Guide to Getting into Dental School”

Petoskey Stone Polishing in SimLab

Last July, E and I went up to Traverse City, one of the most beautiful, small town vacation spots in Michigan (if you haven’t gone I would definitely recommend it). This was our second time up there together and besides brewery hopping and wine tasting, we collected the famous Petoskey Stones that can be found all along the Michigan coastline.

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They look almost like regular stones when they’re not wet because you can’t see the patterns on them so you’ll find most tourists (like us) hunting for them in the water. Continue reading “Petoskey Stone Polishing in SimLab”