Welcome!

Thanks for checking this page out! What’s this exciting project about?

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.

We need YOU to make this project possible! Get published in this first ever work of its kind!

WHO YOU ARE:
You’ve been accepted to dental school, are proud of your personal statement, and want to see your beautiful writing published and in print.
 
WHAT:
We will create a book with advice and excellent essays to help aspiring future dentists with the dreaded personal statement.
 
HOW: 
Dig up your dental school application essay, and send it to dentalschoolessays@gmail.com preferably as a pdf.  Include 1) your name, 2) school, 3) graduation year in the email body only, NOT in the pdf. If you are a non-traditional applicant, international student, or advanced standing, feel free to share that.
Deadline for submission has been extended to end of day Monday July 3, 2017. The selection committee will judge all the submissions over the next few weeks and vote to create a representative and diverse collection of essays. Only the members of the small selection committee will read your work, de-identified of personal information.
 
If selected for publication, we will contact you with further details. Your essay and personal information will not be edited or published without your signed consent.  You own all rights to your work. 
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Source: *Wanchek T, Cook BJ, Valachovic RL. “U.S. Dental School Applicants and Enrollees, 2015 Entering Class.” Journal of Dental EducationDecember 1, 2016 vol. 80.