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.
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”