Kyle Harvey | University of Central Florida
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ADEA GoDental caught up with Kyle Harvey, health sciences student at the University of Central Florida, after the 2021 ADEA AADSAS® Application Cycle.
Read on to find out where he is on his journey to a dental profession.
ADEA GoDental (GD): Since we spoke in the fall, has the transition to mostly online learning and/or work gotten easier? Harder? Stayed the same? Tell me about your experience this year.
Kyle Harvey (KH): Since we spoke in the fall, the transition to online learning has gotten easier. In my experience, the faculty did well listen to students’ concerns and developed ways to accommodate as many students as possible.
GD: What are your plans this summer and fall?
KH: Before matriculating into University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry (UNC SOD) in the fall, I have been getting everything organized to make the moving process simpler come July. Lastly, I have been making an effort to see all of the friends I have made along the way. I would not be in the position I am without the continuous support of my friends and family. With that being said, I am making an intentional effort to spend quality time with them before I enter dental school.
GD: Looking back on applying to dental school during a pandemic, would you do anything differently? If so, what?
KH: The pandemic certainly made the application cycle unlike previous cycles. One of the changes being the interview format. If you live with roommates (in my case six), setting up your room for professional interviews can be quite challenging. Fortunately, my roommates were very respectful of my schedule and made the process go very smoothly. However, the one thing I overlooked in setting up my environment was my chair. It may seem like a small detail, but for someone who deals with lower back pain after sitting for long periods of time, it is worth investing in a chair with proper support.
GD: Any words of wisdom for students in the current application cycle?
KH: For the students applying in the current cycle, the best advice I can give is surely the advice you have heard a plethora of times: Be yourself. All of you have put in the hard work demonstrated in your applications and that is something you should be proud of. In terms of interviews, enter them with a relaxed mindset. You have earned the right to be there, and this is your opportunity to demonstrate how your goals and aspirations align with the mission statement of the program. I wish the best of luck for all the current applicants!