Chinese Language Applicant to Dental School, Personal Statement Writing, Pediatric Dentistry

Updated: Aug 23

I came to Los Angeles from my native China 7 years ago, in 2010. It was still a struggle to bring my language ability up to the point where I was able to excel in college; through perseverance and determination, however, I met the challenge. I feel that I am highly qualified to be accepted to dental school for a variety of reasons. I want to devote much of my life to educating underserved communities about the importance of dental hygiene. I also keenly look forward to a lifetime of research in the area of dental materials, toxicity, sensitivity, especially pediatric materials. I look forward to practicing dentistry primarily with Chinese people, because with Chinese language speakers I feel that I have something special to offer them, the comfort and tranquility of being cared for in their native tongues, especially when they are nervous or anxious, and particularly in the case of children.

I was in my third year of medical school in China when I came to America at the age of 21; this academic preparation will help me to excel in dental school and beyond. I have played a variety of musical instruments since the age of 6, and continue to do so regularly, which has helped me enormously to develop the kind of manual and eye-to-hand coordination which is such a gift in dentistry. Finally, as a Chinese woman in particular, someone from the Developing World, I very much appreciate the way in which dentistry is among the most global of all professions. As a native speaker of Cantonese as well as Mandarin and fully fluent in English; and I am convinced that these language skills will be useful in a lifetime of dental practice dedicated primarily to members of the Chinese-American community, Cantonese as well as Mandarin speakers, recent immigrants, undocumented residents, especially the underserved.

I earned my BS in Biochemistry at XXXX. Since then, I have been working hard to prepare myself for dental school. I took a dental waxing class at night at XXXX as well as related science courses. I am especially interested in the chemical degradation of composite restorative materials used in dental practice. Nothing excites me more than the quest for less toxic material, especially suitable for sensitive patients and children in particular. Since February of 2016, I have been working as a lab manager Laboratory Manager XXXX Medical School, Biomedical Research Building, XXXX Lab. Previously, I was a laboratory assistant.

The highest moments of my life so far here in America has been shadowing a pediatric dentist. I am a single mother of a beautiful little girl who is now 3 years old. Even before becoming a mother, I fantasized about Pediatric Dentistry. Since I have been with my little girl, my high degree of special motivation in this area grows constantly. If given the opportunity to prove myself in your program and distinguish myself in its completion, I would anticipate that it would not be long before I seek additional training in Pediatric Dentistry. I have been serving alongside Dr. XXXX, since this past February, 2017, at XXXX Dental Office in Brentwood, CA, where I have the privilege of greeting and preparing patients for dental examinations, observing and learning about dental procedures, etc. Previously, I served as a Shadow Intern at the XXXX Dental Office. I also worked as a Medical assistant at Dr. XXXX’s Internal Medicine Clinic greeting and preparing patients for health examinations. I have passion in my soul, compassion in my heart, and talent in talent my hands. I adore research, a hard worker who is persistent, I am proud of the fact that I became a full-time principle investigator before I even graduated from college.

For years, I participated in a number of volunteering efforts in poor areas of China, teaching children; and I also worked hard to raise funds to purchase books for them and other school supplies. I wrote about my experience because I was so very moved by it; and my efforts were rewarded by an Excellent Achievement Award. As a dentist, I want to serve the underprivileged and marginalized first and foremost, and there is a great deal of need in the Chinese-American community. I have been dismayed to experience first-hand how many Asian immigrants have especially poor dental hygiene resulting from a general lack of awareness as well as financial resources and I keenly look forward to helping.

I thank you.

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