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"One Piece of Advice" from Successful Applicants 2023-2024 Application Cycle

It's that time of the year again for another application season of dental and residency application programs. To help you prepare for this next professional journey, we asked recent successful applicants to the domestic and international dental school admissions process (you can find their success stories here): "What is one piece of advice you have for someone applying grad school in your profession?"

Below is the compilation of all the great advice they have to share (in no specific order):

" One piece of advice I have is to start early and try your best to stay organized! There are so many components to prepare and put together over such a long period, so it's crucial to give yourself as much time as possible. It can be helpful to set little goals and deadlines throughout the way to keep yourself on track (which is what I did), but don't forget to also give yourself breaks every once in a while as well!" - Judy Qin, UCSF School of Dentistry Class of 2028

"One piece of advice I have for pre-dental students is to form connections with your pre-dental peers as well as current dental students, alumni, and practicing dentists. Having a network will help immensely when you are going through the application cycle, have questions, or just need support from someone who is in the same field!  I found honest feedback and constant encouragement from Wilson and Jenny along the way. I felt comfortable discussing any concerns and doubts with them and always held their opinion in high regard. I am so grateful that I reached out to Wilson and Jenny and have truly grown, as an applicant and as an individual, from their mentorship." - Kimia Tashakor, UCLA School of Dentistry Class of 2028

"Don’t compare yourself to others and just focus on yourself. The best thing is take a step back and make a list of what needs to be done to make yourself the best candidate. Jenny really gave me the confidence I need to prepare for my interview. It’s just not she will help you formulate your answer but she will help learn how to say the right things when it comes to your interview process. At first I thought I was confident in my speaking ability but I realized that the interview process is a whole different process. Jenny gave me some tips and tricks on how to talk during my interview process that I really believed help me gain admission for dental school. Every school has their own interview process but Jenny will do everything she can to help you ace it".- Dat Dao, LECOM School of Dentistry Class of 2027

"Seeking help from professional people through this challenging journey can be truly beneficial and can increase your chances of success significantly. From gaining success on my third application, I realize now the important of identifying the strengths in your application and highlighting your qualifications strategically. It's also important to be honest with yourself in receiving constructive dialogue regarding the vulnerabilities within the application and seek guidance on the optimal approach to redress those areas." - Pezhman Ahmadi (International Dentist), NYU AEGD PROGRAM Class of 2025

"Work hard, look for mentorship, and never give up! Understand the SOP is key to being a competitive IDP application. Take the time to refine your writing, make a detailed plan, and practice for interviews. I received help from Jenny and Wilson in my SOP and a series of mock interviews, where Wilson gave me practical tips to feel more calm and confident. I couldn't have asked for a better mentorship! Being accepted into the IDP was one of the best feelings ever." - Danielle Moreira Cardoso Western University of Health Sciences IDP Class of 2026

"The admissions process can be very nerve wrecking but have faith that your hard work will pay off! Jenny gave me advice on how to navigate the application process from interview preparation to helping to write secondaries! She was a supportive mentor throughout the process." - Western University of Health Sciences Student Candidate Class of 2028

"My piece of advice would be to not be afraid to ask for help! My personal statement, which was once a daunting part of my application, became something I felt confident about due to Jenny and Wilson. It’s okay to not always have the answers and there are people out there that are willing to help you. Good luck!"- Yvonne Lu, NYU College of Dentistry Class of 2027


Special thanks to all our amazing colleagues above who chose to share their wisdom!

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