Sable-MunteanRejection from dental school. It doesn’t have the same impact as being rejected by a crush or being denied a credit card. It’s much worse. This is your intended career and your dream. And you are being told “no thanks.” Being rejected is everyone’s worst nightmare, in any form. Fifty percent of dental school applicants aren’t accepted each year. That is a scary statistic. It should also enlighten you to the fact that you are not alone. If you have been rejected from dental school, are re-applying or even applying for the first time, I can not only relate, I can help you! 

My name is Sable Muntean, and I am fortunate to be a fourth-year dental student at LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. I applied to dental school four times. Yes, four times! It was obviously stressful and debilitating. When I applied to dental school, I wished I had someone that had experienced what I was going through. I put an enormous amount of pressure on myself, suffered health-wise and isolated myself from others. Does any of this sound like you? Again, you are not alone.

I encourage you to take part in ASDA’s webinar on Predental wellness: Dealing with rejection, Monday, Sept. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. CDT. I will be sharing my journey to dental school, with all the disappointments and setbacks I experienced along the way. 

Erica Ashauer, director of health professions advising at Elmhurst College, will be joining me on the panel. Not being accepted to dental school can lead to stress, frustration, anxiety and other emotions. During the webinar, Erica will discuss ways to manage these feelings. She will also lay out specific strategies and behaviors you can employ to combat these emotions. 

There will be a 30-minute Q&A session at the end. Your presence is anonymous, so have no fear of opening up and asking questions. If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded. Please feel free to contact me as well. Don’t fall into the trap of closing yourself off. Help will always be here for you at ASDA. 

You can do it! If becoming a dental professional is your goal, you will make it. Have faith in your abilities, and join us on September 11. You can look forward to breathing a sigh of relief afterwards. 

~ Sable Muntean, LECOM ’18