Prospective Students

Student Profile: Mary Whitmore, Class of 2020

DDS Program
Undergrad: Biology at Loyola University Chicago

Why I chose The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

I chose OSU COD because I love the atmosphere here at Ohio State. The resources are endless, the faculty is passionate, and the university holds a welcoming environment whether you are a graduate student or undergraduate student. I was also impressed with the support the COD provides to their dental students on such a personal level.Read more

Hometown:

Rocky River, Ohio‚Äč

Educational Background:

Biology at Loyola University Chicago

Why I chose The Ohio State University College of Dentistry:

I chose OSU COD because I love the atmosphere here at Ohio State. The resources are endless, the faculty is passionate, and the university holds a welcoming environment whether you are a graduate student or undergraduate student. I was also impressed with the support the COD provides to their dental students on such a personal level.

Why I wanted to become a dentist:

I wanted to become a dentist because of all the positive experiences I have had with a dentist in my lifetime. I have had great role models in dentistry that sparked my interest. My main goal is to create healthy and beautiful smiles. I especially want to help provide oral healthcare to underserved communities.

Favorite Class:

So far, my favorite class is early clinic lab. I really enjoy practicing real clinic situations and procedures that we will be doing everyday as dentists. We rotate faculty every two weeks so I get to become familiar with all of my teachers. Just last week, Dr. Weiss took an impression on me in the lab as a demonstration to the class!

3 things people should know about me:

  1.  I am a proud Clevelander.
  2.  I am the Community Service Chair for the OSU Association of Women Dentists and a member of ASDA.
  3.  I was a Division 1 Student Athlete running Track & Field and Cross Country specializing in 800 and 1500 meters.

What I enjoy doing outside of dental school:

Running, spending time in Cleveland with my family or Chicago with my friends, watching Game of Thrones or the Office, volunteering, going out to eat, listening and dancing to music in the kitchen.

Best advice for succeeding in dental school:

You will have to sacrifice some things you are not used to sacrificing whether that is sleep, straight A's, or personal activities but it's a meaningful sacrifice because you will be working towards your profession. Start studying a week before your exams because the material amount is hefty so it helps to take it slow versus a few long, tough nights of cramming. And lastly, you won't be the best at drilling on day one, so have patience!

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

I wish I would have known that I need to get used to drinking more coffee! Classes are long and dense so caffeine ( or more sleep ) will help you get through most of your days.