Top Ten Tips on Surviving D1/D2 Year

Written by Kathleen Bartik

Kathleen is a D3 and MU ASDA’s historian. Continue reading below to learn more about her survival tips for D1/D2 year!

The first two years of dental school are a real challenge. It is easy to get caught up the the stress of the assignments, lab projects, and studying. But these are a few tips that helped me get through the most challenging years of schooling. 

  1. Surround yourself with good people who support you. Find your group of friends and also your study group. These two groups may not be the same people and that’s okay, just find people to surround yourself with. Remember, there are 99 other people going through the same things you are! 

  2. Don’t take yourself too seriously. 

  3. Accept failure (trust me, it gets easier the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th time). 

  4. Do NOT compare yourself to others. There is a reason the world is not made of clones, embrace each others’ differences. 

  5. Find a way to relieve stress....like solo dance parties in front of your mirror :) 

  6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. One thing I have learned is that everyone in this Marquette community is willing to help. 

  7. Laugh A LOT ...at yourself, your friends, your failures, your triumphs. Laughing is contagious! 

  8. Learn to love coffee (Stone creek > Colectivo). 

  9. Find a hobby! You need some time for yourself! 

  10. Lastly, remember that there is a world outside of dental school.

Kathleen, far left.

Kathleen, far left.