Monday, August 27, 2012

Twas the night before the first day…

This is it everyone! I am finally starting dental school. You guys have been flooding me with words of wisdom and encouragement this week. Thank you! Depending on when you caught me, I was feeling a different shade of emotion each moment.

I love that we had an entire week of orientation and evening social activities to get to know our classmates. It’s been an experience. For one, I was out every night. Drinking. Chatting. Dancing. Eating! Someone said orientation is the best part of dental school. While munching on a Philly cheese steak at 2AM with new friends, I hoped maybe orientation week can last forever.


This morning I had brunch with the church crew at The Gold Standard. I spent the rest of the day at home lounging in my comfiest clothes and watching Pretty Little Liars. A D2 Crew Head advised we carve out time for ourselves-especially when classes get intense- because you will study non-stop otherwise.

Penn does a great job of easing us into our schedule. We still have a few weeks until our first exam, and we don’t get into intense 8-5PM dental school scheduling until late September (whew!). So I should sleep now instead of fretting.


I asked my friend Dan- who is starting his second year of teaching- if he is nervous about first day of school. He said, “YES! I think everyone is nervous about first days- I’m just nervous my kids will ruin me.” He didn’t actually say that, but it’s reassuring that even teachers get nervous about starting the school year. So tomorrow brings a new year, new beginnings, me entering the really professional phase of my dental career.

Good luck to everyone starting off their school year!
Do grown-ups get nervous about first days too? (Do first day jitters ever stop?)


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