This section will spotlight a student who has come through the Health Professions Advising office at CSUF on their journey to professional school, and wishes to share his or her experiences and advice with current and future students.
Kevin Tran- Future Dentist
Hi everyone! My name is Kevin Tran and I’m a biochemistry major. I will be attending the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry this fall 2014! During my time at CSUF, I participated in Sigma Nu Fraternity, an organization that emphasized social and philanthropic activities. In addition, I conducted undergraduate research with Dr.Haan, studying Direct Liquid Alkaline Fuel Cells for three years. Lastly, I spent the rest of my time exploring different health fields. I volunteered and shadowed at various clinics, including pharmacy, optometry, medicine, and dentistry. My exposure to all these different health fields allowed me to make a more informed decision. I believe this is the first thing students should do, if they are considering any health field. As for myself, I chose dentistry because of its ability to integrate small business ownership, health sciences, material chemistry, and the hands on nature of the job.
- The AADSAS application process normally opens the first Monday of June. Make sure you immediately download the transcript matching form and have your transcripts sent out to AADSAS. This part takes the longest to complete because your GPA has to be verified.
- When you are filling out the application, make sure to be coherent and most importantly succinct.
- Do not worry if you don’t have enough space, you can elaborate in your secondary application and interviews.
- Applying early is of paramount importance so try to get your entire application completed, DAT scores received, GPA verified, and letter of recommendations (LORS) sent in by August at the latest
- Make sure to apply to a variety of different types of schools, because you will never know what school will accept you. When I was figuring out what type of schools to apply for, I decided to apply to “top”, “mid” and “low” tier schools. The rankings are dependent on your view and what you want out of a dental school, but I made sure to apply very broadly. I recommend at least 16-20 schools.
- If you have not already started, begin saving money for your interviews. It is a really expensive part of the application. Expect to spend about 300-500$ per interview. This includes airfare, travel expenses, lodging, and food.
- Dress conservatively. You do not have to have a brand name suit, but make sure the suit fits you properly. Spend the extra money to get it tailored.
- Proper suit attire for interviews is normally navy blue, charcoal, or grey. Despite what some people say, black suits are actually for funerals or night time events.
- Make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before and give yourself an hour to get ready in the morning.
- If you are being interviewed by more than one person, make sure to give everyone present equal amounts of eye contact and make sure to smile!
- Admission members take into consideration not only how you interact during the actual interview, but also with your peers. Assume eyes are on you during your entire time at the school.
- Lastly, make sure to answer the question and do not be afraid to ask for clarification
My time at CSUF has been a life changing experience. Without the guidance of Dr.Goode and the rest of the Health Profession Advising Office, I sincerely doubt I would have been as successful. Therefore, any student that is interested in dentistry should immediately contact the office and setup an appointment. To any students that have further questions about the application process, personal statements, etc. feel free to contact me. I can be reached through the Health Profession Advising Office. Good luck to anyone reading this!