Second year’s started! And yes, it’s been crazy. We got off to a hit-the-ground-running start with 8 hours of classes every day. I’m so thankful for this long weekend.
I was overwhelmed and I felt like my head was barely above water. And when we got out of class at 3PM on Friday afternoon, I felt like I could finally breathe. Some things I want to remember this year, from the mandatory “lab philosophy” primer lecture for our second year GRD lab:
(We are working on edentulous patients making dentures this year! So we got these instead of the ones with plastic teeth.)
Don’t assume you will be good at something at one try. Who knows? You might get it right on the first try like some brilliant and lucky people. But spending hours doing something over and over again will make you better at it. I believe it! (Hi alginate impressions!)
You have the next 30 years to perfect your skills- this shouldn’t be your best work. Our professor emphasized that we are not supposed to hit our peak now and become complacent with our skills. It’s more important to recognize good work and try to hit that level of expertise ourselves. Our best is only going to get better.
And so it begins! Another year of dental school: learning, trials and hopefully triumph.