"Don't give up! It's a great profession. There will be tough
times in undergrad and dental school where you feel like giving up.
You have made it this far, if you really want this career you can
"If dentistry is something that interests you, get involved in
the field early, whether its assisting or shadowing. I felt that
the time I spent in dental offices prior to dental school really
opened my eyes to the profession."
"Although it seems cliché, my advice to students
interested in dentistry is to never give up. We work in a
profession where things will inevitably go the way you don't
anticipate. This applies not only to book work, but also to dealing
with patients and doing actual dentistry. It's important to keep a
proactive mindset throughout this whole crazy process."
"Don't shy away from or give up on opportunities just because
they may not fit into the typical pre-dental student mold. Everyone
has a different path to Dental School and seeking out experiences
that you are excited about will always express your most authentic
"Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it. I was
interested in dentistry early in undergrad until someone told me
how hard it was to get in and my grades weren't good enough and I
canned the idea all together. After graduation my opportunity came
back around when I began working as a dental assistant and decided
that no matter how hard it was I was going to do it, and here I am,
halfway done with dental school!"
In a city as diverse as Buffalo, you can always find something
fun to do, whether it's taking a leisurely walk in one of our
glorious Olmsted-designed parks or taking in a
thought-provoking work of art at dozens of art galleries.