Friday, January 4, 2013

Typical everyday dental school life

I wrote about what we’re learning in dental school. I’m always curious about what people do day-to-day. I’m constantly asking my friends in different fields, “So what do you actually do? What’s your every day like?” Here’s a typical day in the life of a dental student (here’s a post I wrote in September just a week after classes began).

7:20AM Wake up. Eat a non-leisurely breakfast, pack my lunch and head out the door. On days with a crazy evening schedule, I try to get my run in the morning.

8:00AM Arrive at school, I like to get to school early to print my slides (I’m an old-school hand note-taker), answer emails, and work on tasks not in my apartment.

At Penn we have classes between 10AM and 5PM most days. That’s three two-hour classes with an hour for lunch. Almost all of our classes are held in this room in the basement. Sometimes I get to school in the dark and leave in the dark. A vampire could go to dental school.

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Noon Lunches are for ASDA’s Lunch and Learns or for breaks with friends. Every time I get an email about ASDA Lunch & Learns it makes my day. These are informational sessions for vendors and companies to come and talk about their products/business. We’ve had medical insurance companies, personal finance management companies, companies making loupes… I learn a lot and there’s always free food.

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5:30PM Get home. A little break at home watching a TV show, reading, or chatting with friends. I also make dinner before heading back out.

7PM Library or any other study location at Penn. Focus fox until 9PM-ish.

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9PM Depending on how much work I have, I try to make it to the gym. I like going just before it closes because it’s not as crowded and it’s close enough to bed time.

11PM If I’m studying, I like to be home earlier than later. We do have a lot of crimes around the neighborhood- we get safety alerts almost every week. I stop by the grocery store on my way home.

Most weekdays are spent studying for dental school classes. But I take mini study-breaks every day by Skyping with family, trying a new vegetable, or planning my next escape from University City (like New York and Wissahickon). Or even something small like writing a long email to a friend.

When are you most productive in your day?