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D1 Perspective: My D1 Year So Far

Posted on Aug 19, 2018 05:30 pm by Morgan Feldpausch, ASDOH ’22

For years, I admired dental students and longed to be one. I would daydream about what sim-clinic would be like, who I would meet, and what kind of dentist I would become. Fast forward to today, and the first five weeks of dental school have come and gone. In that time, we’ve completed three courses, nine exams, and I’ve eaten countless cartons of ice cream. I’ve also made over 70 new friends in my D1 class. We are very similar, and yet so different, which I love. To put it simply, I feel like a freshman in college again. My biggest struggle has been finding a balance between my studies and wanting to join every club or group that is available at school. I want to be involved with my peers and the community, but I also know that taking time for myself is extremely important. After sitting in on several lunch ‘n learns and weighing pros and cons, I decided to join DSD, SCDA, and AGD to start. I plan to be as involved in our ASDA chapter as I can, and I will also be serving as the vice president of our class. I hope this role will help my classmates better navigate their dental school experience and create a good relationship with administration.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I forget that I made it here. Upperclassmen have been one of the best parts of the D1 experience in my opinion. They are fantastic tutors, mentors, and sounding boards for our worries and expectations. Although the curricula can be different between classes, the experience of being a dental student is unique and it has been helpful to seek their advice and learn from them. You don’t quite know what it’s like until you are one. I miss my family back in Michigan, the only home I’ve ever known. It can be difficult to be grateful when you’re studying for a metabolism final. But I’m here — and one step closer to fulfilling my dream. It really doesn’t get any better than that! I’ve learned a lot since starting dental school, but the most valuable thing I learned is that we are not alone. We will get through this together! 📷 Morgan Feldpausch, ASDOH ’22

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