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Your New Life Begins: June 24, 2013

July 12, 2013
Chase Ellis, Day 1 of D1 Orientation

Chase Ellis, Day 1 of D1 Orientation

June 24, 2013. I’ve had this date circled on my calendar since December 3, 2012. Why was a date more than six months out so important to me? Simple. It represented the start of a new chapter in my life (and 106 of my soon-to-be closest friends) – the beginning of the journey to becoming a dentist!

I am what most would consider a “non-traditional” applicant. I graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) in 2007 with a BS of Psychology with the intent of becoming a dentist but didn’t get in initially. I wasn’t sure what to do and ultimately decided to get my MBA and a MS of Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

I’ve been blessed to work for some really cool companies and sport teams since I graduated. Each job lacked something I desired – to work with my hands and improve the lives of people in a meaningful way. I knew it was time to re-apply to dental schools to pursue my original dream of becoming a dentist.

My dream has been realized, and I just completed my first two week of classes. I needed the time off to “spread my wings” and explore what the world had to offer. My appreciation for education has changed – I value learning the material, not the grade (that’s not to say I don’t want to make straight A’s though!). My first two weeks back have been a whirlwind of different emotions. I wasn’t sure how I would adjust being back in school with an intensive study schedule while being a husband and father, but I’m making it work and  I’m more organized than I’ve ever been before.

So, for any of you “non-traditional” applicants who have concerns if you can actually do this, I’m here to tell you that you can! It is possible.

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One Comment
  1. John Bazzi permalink
    July 15, 2013 1:11 am

    Go Heels! Great article Chase!

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