My D1 year has definitely been a rollercoaster but I have learned so much. I think an important factor in your success as we go throughout dental school is having peer support. Unfortunately, the peer support at the dental school I attend is not that great. I knew the community at my school was not strong but I had no idea it was to this extent. Which has been very uncomfortable/different as a HBCU grad. Fortunately, I have numerous of friends who are at different dental schools who provide the much needed support I need, along with a few of my classmates, a couple upperclassmen and my big. These friends and peer relationships has helped me understand the importance of taking a break, giving myself grace when I am overwhelmed and much needed pro-tips for lab.
Do you feel you’re getting the support you need from your dental school?
If yes, what does your school do for students to feel supported?
If no, what can the community of your school do better?
How can you be a better support for the incoming 2025 class?
If you are a D2-D4, reflect to see if you made a D1's experience a little better with showing them you had their back.
It's never too late to step up to the plate.