St. Mary's College of Maryland
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Major at SMCM: Biology

Year of graduation from SMCM: 2010

Year of entrance to professional school: 2010

Professional school: University of Maryland Dental School

Professional Field: Dentistry

Kate David

How did St. Mary's prepare you for medical/professional school?

The expectations of SMCM professors presented a challenge that helped to prepare me for the challenge of professional school courses.

Was there anything unique about the St. Mary's education that you feel made a difference in your career or your path toward your career?

Being able to have a close relationship with professors and classmates was the most influential aspect of St. Mary's. Guidance and advice from both were incredibly important to me. Most professional schools are 150 or fewer students, so being able to have close relationships at SMCM was useful for learning interactions with the professors/students at UMB.

In comparison to your peers in your professional school program, do you feel that St. Mary's prepared you for the rigors of the program?

What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of the St. Mary's pre-health advisory program that you encountered while attending St. Mary's?

HSAC was great for practicing interviews and learning more about what is expected of you for realistic chances of getting into the professional program you choose.

If you could give one piece of advice to current St. Mary's pre-health students, what would it be?
Get experience - try to shadow a doctor/dentist/nurse/vet or work in a hospital. It is extremely important for your application, interview and, above all, for yourself to determine if this is the profession for you!

Anything else you'd like to share?

Be sure that you chose a career that suits the lifestyle you seek. Do what will make you happy :)

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