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Each year, more than eleven thousand aspiring pre-dents apply for admission to US dental schools.* This is a tremendously competitive process, with some schools having admittance rates as low as 5%, and an individual submitting applications on average to 10 schools. Of the many components in an AADSAS application, the personal statement gives people the chance to stand out, reveal a side of their personality that GPA and DAT scores do not, and present a compelling and heartfelt case why they should be accepted. Since the essay is the most open-ended portion and completely within an applicant’s control, it can also be the most intimidating step of the application.
This project came out of my (Helen Yang, DMD 2016) experiences mentoring younger students applying to colleges and dental schools. Over the years, I’ve read and given comments on dozens of personal statement. I’ve closely mentored a handful of students, helped them with their PS from brainstorming to the end, and I feel proud to see them succeed in the application process. Having had the privilege to serve a year on my dental school’s admissions committee, I read applications, conducted interviews, helped form a class, and learned about the inner workings of admissions.
Three years ago, I began kicking around this idea of collecting a bunch of well-written personal statements. Such a product does not currently exist. Working with my peers, we will compile this first ever collection of successful dental school essays for pre-dents. I envision the final product to be a book with dozens of well written essays and tips on writing (and interviewing and other aspects of the application) to help and inspire the next generation of pre-dents to succeed.
Being so busy in dental school, I didn’t get a chance to starting this until a year after graduation and recently faced with tons of free time at work. I’ve assembled an editorial team excited to read and search for some of the best written personal statements and to share them with aspiring pre-dental students out there.
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