October is nearing the end and much has happened since the last entry.
As I am writing this entry, I am also preparing to fly out to Arizona tomorrow for this week’s interview (10/30/2013). The previous interview (10/21/2013) kicked off a 4-week grueling schedule where I will have one interview in each week and with each one forcing me to miss class and work. Although I hate missing class and work, my future is obviously more important. It’s okay. This is the problem I wanted to have when I decided to apply again this year.
While people have reassured me that it’s no big deal to be a re-applicant and that admissions to dental school is extremely, I still feel rather embarrassed about being a re-applicant. Not just a re-applicant, but a THIRD-TIME re-applicant.
The past two application cycles taught me a lot on how stiff the competition is and the challenge I face in overcoming my UPenn baggage. For those that know my situation, you know it’s not an easy fix. In fact, there is no good advice on how to handle this. I seriously debated whether to reapply for the third time given the past two failed attempts. Applying to dental school is expensive, time consuming, and emotionally draining. Even moreso, I wasn’t sure if I could stomach another failed attempt if things didn’t work out.
I took some time to reflect and pray on the matter before I decided to give it one last hurrah.
So far, the adjustments I have made have truly paid off.
- In year 1, I had only 3 interviews total.
- In year 2, I had only 2 interviews.
- This year (year 3), it’s only October and I already have landed 6 interviews (a career high).
I have finished 2 interviews and, so far, everything seems to be going fine. Normally, dental school interviews are supposed to be low stress since you have already proven yourself as a competent applicant through your stats. However, in my case and given my past attempts, I have to DOMINATE them. I have to prove to the admissions committee that my baggage is an aberration on my record and that I have what it takes to be a successful dental student.
“If given the chance to attend your dental school, I guarantee you that not only will I succeed as a dental student, but also as a dentist.”
The exact words told to all of my dental school interviewers.
Here is the current interview schedule so far:
- New York University (NYU): 10/8/201.
- University of New England (UNE): 10/21/2013
- Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (MWU): 10/30/2013
- Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (AZ): 11/5/2013
- Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (MOSDOH): 11/14/2013
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine (LECOM-FL): 1/9/2013
Unlike previous cycles, this will be a quiet application cycle. So if you want the latest news, you’re either going to have to talk to me or read about it on this WordPress.
Lastly, I want to take this time to say that I appreciate all the prayers, encouragements, and support that I’ve received from family and friends. It’s truly a blessing to have all of you in my life.
December 2, 2013 is the first date that all dental schools will start handing out acceptance letters.
I hope to bring you all some good news around that time. 🙂