Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Acceptance to the Dugoni School of Dentistry



The admissions coordinators are on the other side of the phone, congratulating me on my acceptance to the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry. I hang up the phone and smile in disbelief, a wave of elation washing over me.

And then the happiness died, like a popped balloon.

It seems as though every four years in my life, I am faced with a life-changing quandary about whether to stay in Southern California or move to Northern California. Four years ago, the decision was between the University of Southern California and UC Berkeley. This time around, the choice is between the University of Southern California and the University of the Pacific.

In both cases, the seemingly smarter and less expensive choice was situated in northern California. My brain tells me to moves to northern California yet my heart implores me to stay. It's a bitter game of tug-of-war, of which there is no winner.

If history prevails, I will be a Trojan for the next four years.

Though this time around, the decision to stay in Southern California comes with full support from my parents (who are practically TELLING me to go to USC).

But somehow, I will always be wondering: am I a complete idiot for turning down an offer from Pacific?

Song of the Day
Tallulah - Allo Darlin'


  1. Dear Stephanie,
    Hi, name is Zoheb and I am a upcoming junior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I just wanted to let you know how helpful your website is to aspiring dental students as myself. I plan on studying this summer for the DAT and using your schedule for the first month. In the hour that I knew this website has existed, I have learned so much about the applying process. I just had a couple of questions if you do not mind getting back to me:
    1. I am very interested in starting Delta Delta Sigma at my university since there is not a pre dental honor society, and I think it would do my school a lot of good.
    2. Another event that I saw that intrigued me was the Spread the Smile campaign. I am a part of a couple of organizations and I think I can make it an annual part of UAB as well.

    I was hoping you would know how I can get these started or can put me in touch with someone that does? I look forward to your response and hope you can help me even more than you already have.

    Thank you,
    Zoheb Jiwani

  2. congratulations Stephanie and hope you will become a great dentist soon! Best of luck!