Entries by erinnelson

Pre-Dental Planner: Junior Year

You may be living off campus but you still have to remember to stay on track! Don’t slack off now—you are halfway done with college but there is still much to do. Junior year is a great time to get more involved in dental activities outside of the classroom. Volunteer to work in a dental […]

Pre-Dental Planner: Sophomore Year

Congrats, you survived your freshman year (and more surprisingly, dining hall food). Now it’s time to start getting your act together. You may gain some advantages (especially socially) by being a sophomore, but you also lose the ability to get away with “freshman mistakes.” Professors are generally more understanding toward first year students. By your second […]

Pre-Dental Planner: Freshman Year

It’s hard to remember that you’re at school to get an education when you’re in the midst of hanging posters, making awkward conversation with your new roommate, and trying to determine the most aesthetically pleasing way to arrange your desk items. Even though it may seem intimidating at first, freshman year is an amazing and […]

Pre-Dental Planner

Want to become a dentist? The first thing you’ll need to know is what to expect. We’ve all visited dentists for our check-ups, but what exactly are they doing when they’re poking around in your mouth? The practice of dentistry covers all aspects of oral health, from maintenance to cosmetic surgery. Dentists are responsible for […]

Pre-Dental Planner: Senior Year

You have probably heard back from most, if not all, of the schools that you applied to and may even know where you are headed. So everything is set, right? Wrong! You still have a year left, don’t mess it up! You have worked too hard to let it all go to waste on a […]

Average GRE Scores for Top Grad School Programs

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “What do I need to score on the GRE to get into grad school?” There are typically two answers to this question that students looking at target or average GRE scores are accustomed to hearing. [ RELATED: How difficult is the GRE? ]   A “good” GRE score is one that […]

Ultimate Guide to College Application Essays

Test scores, grades, and AP classes are all important data points, but they don’t allow the real “you” to come through in the college admissions process. This is why essays are so important—they represent the best opportunity to share your voice in your application. In fact, according to a 2018 survey of admissions professionals by […]

Requesting Medical School Letters of Recommendation After a Gap Year

Strong letters of recommendation that speak to your intelligence, passion, and potential are an essential part of your medical school application. They transform you from a list of statistics on a sheet of paper into somebody perceived to be an intelligent, capable applicant. Together with your personal statement, recommendations are what show admissions committees who you really […]

Medical School Admissions: Secondary Applications

Since dominating the MCAT, everything has gone smoothly in your medical admissions journey: You’ve crafted a masterful personal statement, chosen your favorite 15 activities, meticulously entered every class you’ve ever taken, and finally hit the “submit” button on your AMCAS application. Now it’s time to turn your attention to that growing pile of emails—no, not acceptances (just yet!), […]

8 Tips for Managing TEAS Studying Stress

You have a lot riding on the TEAS. However, you’re also doing the work you need to do to reach your goals. Unfortunately, sometimes just knowing that you’re working hard won’t make your test anxiety go away. Thus, here are some stress management tips from our long experience of helping students prepare for standardized tests. […]