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Welcome to D is for Dentist.

Welcome! I'm Yesle Kim, pronounced like Nestlé- maybe I should add that French dash thing to my name...

This blog is now more than three years old! I first started blogging days after I decided to attend University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. I wanted to write this blog as a way to keep writing and keep my friends and family updated on my dental school life.

I spent a gap year working in the geology department after graduating from Rice University. I spent a spent a wonderful summer in Korea (where I am from) and moved to Philadelphia in August 2012.

I'm in the middle.


And now I'm here after my first two years at Penn- dental school isn't easy but I am so happy to be here in dental school. I'm going to become a dentist! I have one more (certain) year in Philadelphia and will graduate in spring of 2016 with a DMD.

I love running, musicals, and traveling. I also love reading- especially nonfiction and poetry.

On one of my many runs to get Chinatown pastries

Dallas with my girls

About the blog

My goal is to write about my life's new chapter: living in Philadelphia and being a dental student. I sometimes talk about my application process. My situation may be different from yours: I am an international applicant, I took a gap year, I got a B.S. in natural sciences. I am in no way a dental admissions expert, but I went through the process and survived. There are a couple of things I wish I had known.

I also write about the ups and downs of being a dental student. Although I had a stressful first year I don't doubt for a second my decision to come to dental school. I'll write about cool dental facts I am learning, funny (nerdy) dental jokes, and thoughts on my dental career.

Philadelphia, July 2015



All opinions expressed on this blog are mine and do not reflect those of my university or my employers. The information on this blog is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide professional advice on dental school admissions or dental treatments.