Monday, September 9, 2013

remember this interview question.

There is an interview question from my dental school application days that I didn’t think about until now: “How do you deal with stress?”

I thought it was like any other interview question: to evaluate you, to see if you are a good fit for the school, to see if the admissions committee should accept you into this dental school. And I answered it like that.


But the answer is real. It’s real in the sense that this matters in your everyday life. Knowing how you deal with stress and pressure is a REAL problem here in dental school. Dental school has pushed my boundaries and I find myself repeatedly asking, “Am I dealing with pressure healthily? Am I feeling this way because I’m just under so much stress?”

Lately I’ve had times where I was just overwhelmed with stress. Like I don’t know what to do with myself because I’m so frustrated and irritable. And I keep asking my friends and colleagues this question: “How do you deal with stress?” (With the unspoken words: “Because I am not dealing with it effectively and you seem to be keeping it together pretty well and I need help.”)


I’m still figuring it out as I go. But I love running while singing, snuggling up with a good book, or talking it out with a trusted friend followed by a long journal session. In undergraduate I loved going dancing, followed by 2AM Tex-Mex sessions. Growing up? (=boring?) 

What interview question do you remember from your interviews?
Has the way you deal with stress changed since dental school?


  1. Oh man, dealing with stress has been something I've had to become very familiar with... lol. Some new ways that I've started coping with stress that I didn't do before Peace Corps are 1) Playing guitar 2) Reading a good book 3) Writing down what's stressing me out, and occasionally looking back at those things that used weigh on my mind that have since cleared up. 4) Making lists. Sometimes I make lists of lists. I love lists.

  2. Well it's a nice question ) Imagine yourself being a professional writer from How would you deal with the stress, these guys face every day ?