QUALITIES SOUGHT Self-Awareness Character and
integrity Self-discipline *Good judgment Compassion and empathy Motivation and Intellectual curiosity persistence and enthusiasm Reliability, dependability, and resilience Leadership skills and accountability Maturity Cultural competency
COMPETITIVE APPLICANTSEverything from the previous
slide plus: Strong GPAs: both Science & Overall Solid DAT Scores Excellent Communication & Interpersonal Skills Knowledge of and Experience in the Field Volunteering, Shadowing Reading current events, Listen to guest speakers Ability to articulate why this is the right career for you Leadership Recommendations from Faculty and Mentors
APPLICATION TIMELINE Fall Spring Summer
Take the DAT Work on PS Finish up PS Apply early – ID Faculty for Submit in June Letters of Eval Manage Ltrs of Eval Prepare for Intvs! Notifications Interview continue Notification: Dec 1
TIPS FOR YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENTDo…
Don’t… Create a solid opening line Overuse “I” Use logical order and provide a conclusion Re-state your application Use active voice and Use most of essay positive language describing your initial Be concise and be specific inspiration Use your own vocabulary Insult the profession you Check spelling, grammar, want to join and punctuation Write about yourself Exaggerate Dwell on suffering Attend the PS Workshop November 9 1:00 – 2:30 WEL 1.316
LETTERS OF EVALUATION Identify potential
letter writers have more evaluators in mind than you actually need Casting the net wide (and early) allows you to replace anyone who is not willing or able to write you a letter Select appropriate evaluators based on requirements Academic: Relationship in an Academic Context, Preferably Letter Grade/Course Credit Dentist: Someone you have shadowed
PREPARING FOR THE REQUEST Always
ask for a letter of evaluation/recommendation in person. Make your request early (at least one month before the date needed) For dent school apps, ask earlier! (Lots of competition for faculty letters – allow contingency time) Request an appointment Be on time for the appointment Look nice (you don’t have to wear a suit, but give the appt the respect it deserves!)
WHAT TO ACTUALLY SAY Tell
them the purpose of the letter you are requesting. Personalize the request. Ask if they will consider writing a letter on your behalf. If no, thank them for their consideration and depart – quickly! If yes, Set date of completion Ask what would be helpful for them in writing the letter Commit to a date to get the supplemental materials to them Ask if they have worked with the Interfolio system before
SUPPLEMENTARY ITEMS Cover Sheet –
thank them again, list the completion date you agreed upon and your contact information Possible items to submit Personal Statement – Rough draft is okay Current Resume Transcript DAT Scores (if available) More detailed instructions for how to submit the letter Photo Professional looking head shot
GENTLE REMINDER & GRATITUDE! About
three weeks before the completion date, touch base with your writer Allows contingency if they are unable to write the letter Send a thank you note as soon as you know it’s submitted and another one when you get admitted! If you are not admitted – send a thank you note with plans going forward
INTERVIEW TIPS Know the School
What do you want in your dental school experience? Ask high quality questions! Know the Profession Current Issues in the Field Personal experience through shadowing Know Yourself Go over application materials Explain why you are a good fit for the profession!
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF &
“NEGATIVE” ?S Icebreaker (Tell me about yourself) Hobbies Interesting facts Family / Hometown / Major “Negative”: Tell me about a time when you made a mistake. Integrity/Responsibility What did you learn? Are you resilient? “Negative”: What is one of your weaknesses? Self Awareness What effect does it have on you? On others? How are you monitoring?
NEXT STEPSCareer Design Center &
the Health Professions Office Meet with a Health Professions Coach Attend Workshop on Personal Statements in November Identify potential letter writers and ask early! Get your application in by the end of June Do a mock interview or use Interview Stream http://cns.utexas.interviewstream.com/
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