Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Flying out: bye-bye first year dental school!

Our first year dental school grades are in! Seeing my final grades on the official Penn transcript, those classes seem so long ago- but I did fine. (Is that bad news for my NBDE Boards next summer? I’ll think about it later!)

Looking back on my first year, days are long but the years are short. This is from The Happiness Project’s Gretchen Rubin and it couldn’t be more true about dental school. We spent so many hours in our General Restorative Lab (three days a week, baby!) and yet in my mind all those hours blurred together into one huge Munch expression.

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When I think about everything we’ve learned this year (previous post from December), the hard and soft skills I’ve acquired, it’s clear I have grown SO MUCH. With this knowledge comes the confidence: of becoming a specialist in a specialized field and of knowing I have a huge capacity to learn.

stud study studying

Throughout the year I had my doubts. Everyone else seems to know so much more (and have dentist parents therefore so much more insight into the profession etc).

Some non-dental school accomplishments I’m proud of: beginning the vegan transition, attending ASDA Annual Session, volunteering with the Oral Cancer Walk & Run, completing my Bible Timeline class, and running my first half marathon. And of course, staying sorta sane through it all.

I feel transitions better when I’m geographically removed from the place- so this first year will seem really complete, wrapped up in a blue bow when I’m away from Philly and away from Penn dental. I’m leaving to Korea in a few hours! See you on the other side of the ocean! (Also my blog publishing times will be all funky with American local times.) xx.

What’s your proudest achievement this year? Don’t be bashful- you wonderful people out there!

13 comments:

  1. Congratulations on finishing first year of dental school and everything you achieved! It was fun following a fellow first year's journey through dental school! :)

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    1. Thank you! <3 It's wonderful reading your experiences too.

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  2. Wow Yesle, congrats!! That's great that you did so many positive things this year :) Transitioning to vegan is super impressive. Also, I'm flying out to Korea too!! Maybe we'll be there at the same time? I'm August 15-September 5th!

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    1. Oh nooooo- I'll be leaving exactly on the fifteenth! Penn starts late August. You'll have just missed the heat/rain. It's been pouring here in Korea!

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  3. :-) looking forward to growing more with you next year!

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  4. :-) looking forward to growing more with you next year!

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    1. Thank to you- unni <3. I miss you!!

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  5. I love your blog! I'm currently a junior at Baylor starting the process of my journey to dental school! We've got a lot in common with college in TX, healthy lifestyles, dentistry, etc. I also have a blog @ fitflavor.wordpress.com (mostly healthy cooking/fitness, but sometimes school/dental/life related too) if you want to check it out :) You have some great advice for pre-dents.

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    1. Hello, TEXAS! I love cooking blogs- will definitely do. Thanks for dropping by. As for healthy lifestyles, I ate an entire bag of Korean popcorn for dinner today. Mmmm. In heaven here.

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