Prospective Students

Student Profile: Caroline Sawicki, Class of 2018

DDS Program
Undergrad: Pre-Dentistry Major and Psychology Minor at the University of Dayton

Why I chose the Ohio State University College of Dentistry:

I love the people at Ohio State- students, faculty, staff, everyone. After having such a great experience at interview day, I instantly knew that I wanted to come here. My classmates have become some of my best friends and my professors have gone above and beyond to help me succeed. I would never be able to get through all the up's and down's of dental school if it weren't for the amazing, supportive people that I'm surrounded with every single day.Read more

Hometown:

Cleveland, Ohio. Go Cavs!!

Educational Background:

Pre-Dentistry Major and Psychology Minor at the University of Dayton

Why I chose the Ohio State University College of Dentistry:

I love the people at Ohio State- students, faculty, staff, everyone. After having such a great experience at interview day, I instantly knew that I wanted to come here. My classmates have become some of my best friends and my professors have gone above and beyond to help me succeed. I would never be able to get through all the up's and down's of dental school if it weren't for the amazing, supportive people that I'm surrounded with every single day.

Why I wanted to become a dentist:

I believe that dentistry is a profession that truly allows us to build long-standing relationships with our patients. We have the unique opportunity to see the same patients every six months, which builds a strong foundation for trust and loyalty. I also love the idea that dentistry is an art. A person's smile helps define who they are, and the level of precision and detail involved in creating that smile is remarkable.

Favorite class:

Oral Anatomy. Just meet Dr. Weiss and you'll understand why.

3 things people should know about me:

  1. I love research, which is why I chose to pursue the DDS/PhD program, and it's the best decision I've ever made. I spend most of my days stressing out mice and analyzing their brain function, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
  2. I'm the first person in my family to be born in the United States and I can speak Polish.
  3. I auditioned for The Bachelor as a joke and got a rose to advance to the next level, but my dad wouldn't let me go.

What I enjoy doing outside of dental school:

Running, traveling, hiking, baking, anything not related to studying

Best advice for succeeding in dental school:

Get to know upperclassmen because they can be an invaluable resource. There's not always one clear-cut way to do everything in dentistry, and someone may be able to provide you with a new perspective that changes your entire outlook on how to perform a particular procedure. And always remember that if you were smart enough to get here, then you're smart enough to get through.

What do you wish you would have known as an incoming D1?

Unless explicitly stated in the email, every lunch and learn will undoubtedly serve Adriatico's pizza.

Plans for after graduation:

I hope to go into pediatric dentistry and pursue a program that will allow me to do both clinical training and research. Eventually, I would like a career in academic dentistry that combines features of teaching, clinical practice, and research.