A day in the life of a dental student begins earlier than most.
Classes usually start around 9 a.m.
A typical morning in the life of a dental student includes lectures from professional dental lecturers. Fortunately for those not in attendance, some lectures may be available online. Generally, the lectures are on a broad range of subjects varying from physiology to anatomy.
On the other hand, some mornings might include making dentures or melting wax in the dental laboratory. At times, dental students also directly learn the vital roles of a dental technician.
Usually after quick lunch, it is time to engage in clinical work. Students are often divided into mini clinical groups who students work with from the time they reach their 3rd year to their final year.
Fortunately, dental students form close bonds with their clinical group. The bonds they form help dental students get more comfortable working with a team.
Afternoons are usually spent working at various clinics that provide exciting, engrossing variety to a dental student’s week. Pupils are given control of booking patients. The clinics are often administered by staff members and assisted by helpful nurses. Therefore, dental students have independence while still having a significant amount of assistance if necessary.
Bringing the Fun into Learning
While it is true that it can be difficult being a dental student, the inclusion of games alongside learning help balance this out. Dental students always have fun activities that make learning more interesting. Thus, learning isn’t just pure research, hard work, and mind-squeezing exams.
Dental students are aware of the fact that dental school can seem overwhelming. However, it is also a rewarding path. Just like other programs out there, dentistry will surely bring hard times, so it is essential to stay healthy. Learning to manage stress and anxiety is also critical during this time. It is a must to maintain focus and positivity energy along the journey.
Not to mention, dental students can have the opportunity to establish relationships and network with faculty and colleagues through simply joining in various dental groups.
Participating in various dentistry events will definitely help dental students appreciate the value of learning outside of the classroom setting.
When it comes down to life as a dental student, there are many pros and cons. While it can be a brutal and complex environment, earning a degree in dentistry can also be fun, rewarding, and enlightening. For many, the path toward dentistry is a path worth taking. Keeping your end-goal in mind (a career as a dentist) is critical as one goes through the schooling.