Wednesday, March 19, 2014

the wrong dental school?

One suggestion I got from Juliana about my blog was to include the everyday details of my dental school life. So I’ll tell you what I had for breakfast first. Since we didn't have class this morning, I ate a leisurely breakfast with okra- it is one of my favorite vegetables in the world.

Today I had a conversation with a dental school classmate which startled me and provoked me- in a good way. She said, “I think you should have gone to a Pass/Fail school. It’s more your personality.”

I laughed it off and we jokingly talked about how I’ll transfer to Columbia University and get a DDS there. But what she said lingered on long after our conversation- had I chosen the wrong dental school?


As you know, Penn dental is not a Pass/Fail school. We get letter grades for almost every class. Here’s what she meant: from her point of view (probably compared to herself), I don’t study as hard. I don’t have a 4.0, I don’t clear my schedule if I have an exam that week. I take long trips before big exams. I sleep eight hours a night, every night. I’m not going to make Penn’s top 20. I’m not even top 20 percent.

It’s true I would have stressed out less at a dental school with a Pass/Fail grading system. But who knows if I would have been pulling all-nighters for that elusive Honors? Everything is relative. Is it because we have letter grades for the other classes that we see P/F classes as relaxing?

I’ll never know. Somewhere out there maybe is a parallel universe with a parallel Yesle who went to that P/F dental school.

Double twins in North Carolina- this was Laura’s screen saver in NOLA!twinsiesdouble

I can keep wondering how different my life could have been. But I choose to be happy today with the Yesle that chose Penn dental with its H/A/B+/B/C+/C/F’s. It’s an alphabet soup but it’s one that I know and live in.

Have you ever thought: I chose the wrong school?
What did you do?


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  3. Don't look back...keep going! You're so right, everything is relative.

    1. Time only moves one-way, right? :)

  4. Good Blog. It's depend on you how to manage and study hard. Everything is alright and every dental school is good. Always be Positive :)