Show and tell isn’t just for elementary school anymore – it turns out it can have a HUGE impact on your personal statement.

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Bolstering your application by incorporating several, or all, of these suggestions will transform you from numbers and letters on a page into a substantial and competitive candidate.

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Dental School Requirements: What’s a Good GPA?

Hey everyone! Ben Frederick here. I asked Kyle Smith (aka @askaDDSstudent) to put together some information on dental school requirements, specifically GPA. There’s a lot of great stuff in this article, so be sure to take a look. Required GPA for Dental School Admission One time. Only once, in the entire process of interviewing, attending 4 years of dental school, applying for associateships, and during my tenure as an associate dentist (almost 6 months as of writing this), have I been asked what my GPA was. The person who asked? A patient during my fourth year of dental school while discussing what my plan was after graduation. Many pre-dental students have asked me over the years what a “good” GPA is. My response is consistently something along the lines of “Your GPA isn’t everything.” A 4.0 is great, but any GPA above the school’s minimum requirements can get you accepted, as long as the rest of your application is competitive (See: -> Creating a Competitive Dental School Application) For those of you who are just dying to see some GPA stats, here are the basics:     *The statistics in this image were calculated from data found in the 2014 edition of the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools. This publication is an amazing resource that I would definitely recommend to all serious applicants. It contains TONS of specific details and admissions statistics (including GPAs and DAT scores) from each of the US and Canadian dental schools. You can purchase your own digital copy for only $10! Put It In Perspective Now, I’m not discounting the benefits of a...
3 Email Templates for Asking for a Letter of Recommendation

3 Email Templates for Asking for a Letter of Recommendation

So by now you’ve read my earlier post, 5 Rules for Requesting a Letter of Recommendation via Email. If you follow the rules laid out there, you should have no problem getting your professors to agree to write you a letter of recommendation. But I know that some people want a little more help. Asking for a letter of recommendation can be intimidating. That’s why I’ve created a few sample emails for different scenarios.  All of them follow the 5 rules. Please share some of your successful email templates in the comments. One last thing before we get started. I wrote another article specifically for Premed students on my new blog Premed Revolution. Check it out here: Socially Awkward Premed Part 2 – Request a Letter of Recommendation Over Email.   1. The Standard This template is designed for classes in which you did fairly well and had at least minimal contact with the professor either by email, after class, or during office hours. Professor [Xavier],   My name is [Ben Frederick]. I took your [organic chemistry] course [last semester]. You may remember me [coming to your office hours after every test to go over some of my wrong answers.] [Organic chemistry] was a very challenging subject for me and I was proud of the [A-] I received in your class.   I know you are busy so I’ll get to the point. I am currently in the process of applying to [medical school] and I am trying to gather a few letters of recommendation.  Because I enjoyed [your class and teaching style so much], I decided to start...