We’re still a far way out but I want to discuss an important date in dental admissions: December 1st. 12/1 is the date in world of dental admissions: It is the earliest possible date dental schools can notify students of acceptance.
Before this date arrived I often thought about my life “after”- after this major milestone. I had this little motivational gem stuck on December 1st of my calendar since the summer when the application cycle first began.
Often times, applicants will distinguish between pre-December 1st and post-December 1st interviews. You should attend all interviews prior to December 1st. First because you have no acceptances yet. And second because a pre-December 1st interview means the school really wants you.
Notify other schools
If you get that fateful call December 1st, call the other dental schools that ranked lower on your list. Notify schools whose interviews you won't be attending. Take yourself off their applicant pool so that other applicants can be considered for your spot.
Don't panic! Even if you have attended interviews but haven't heard back, do not feel frantic. A lot of times once you attend an interview, the school keeps you in a pool of students who've interviewed but are not accepted yet. You will be continually compared to other interviewees and re-considered for acceptances with each round.
Remember it's not over until it's over. And "over" is when the school mails you a letter of rejection with a "We regret to tell you...." (or the next AADSAS cycle opens on June 4th).
We are five months away for all you stressed applicants out there.For now, think happy thoughts. Envision yourself getting that happy phone call on December 1st (which actually falls on a Saturday in 2012- so how will that work?).
How did you prepare/are preparing for December 1st?
Did your social life dwindle as December 1st approached too?