Author: ALEXANDER TAKSHYN, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF DENTAL MEDICINE C/O 2022
I designed this guide to give you everything I have learned before, during, and after the application process for dental school. I have included all the information I wish I had known in the beginning that would have made me a stronger and more competitive applicant. My goal is to strengthen your application and allow you to put your best foot forward in pursuing dentistry. This guide is designed to make you a competitive applicant at the top-tier and Ivy League level, allowing you to get accepted across the board and into your top choice. Remember to take my advice with a grain of salt, as a one size fits all approach does not work for every situation. There are many exceptions, and I will do my best to cover as many variables as possible. As this is the first edition of this guide, I will try to revise it where needed, as well as update the information. Without further ado, I want to wish you the best of luck going forward—though there is very little luck involved in the process. A strong work ethic and determination is what will get you into your dream dental school.
This guide is also available as a free PDF download.
The application cycle is a very exciting time, but it can also be quite stressful. Some of you will have ups and downs the whole way through just like I did. You will get frustrated at times, and that’s okay. You must learn to accept, adapt and move on; all of this is just part of the process. Remember to stay confident in yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask people for help when you need it! I now leave you with my very best wishes and regards, I look forward to seeing you in that white coat.
This guide was inspired by my loving sister: Dr. Olga Takshyna—I couldn’t have done it without you. Also, I would like to thank a few individuals whose continued support gave me confidence and allowed me to be in the place I am now. Thank you!
I have included my contact information should you have any questions or suggestions. Feel free to reach out to me any time, I’d be happy to speak with you.
Email: [email protected]