Prospective Students

Student Profile: Shawn Rajendram, Class of 2017

DDS Program
Undergrad: B.S. in Science Business from the University of Notre Dame.

Why I chose The Ohio State University College of Dentistry:

I chose OSU because of its clinical excellence. I wanted to go into general dentistry and I felt OSU was the program that could best prepare me to become an exceptional dentist. It was also the people here that really drew me in. The faculty and students care so much about each other and want to help you succeed however they can.Read more

Hometown:

I am from Reynoldsburg, Ohio: A suburb just 20 minutes from Columbus.

Educational background:

B.S. in Science Business from the University of Notre Dame. 

Why I chose The Ohio State University College of Dentistry:

I chose OSU because of its clinical excellence. I wanted to go into general dentistry and I felt OSU was the program that could best prepare me to become an exceptional dentist. It was also the people here that really drew me in. The faculty and students care so much about each other and want to help you succeed however they can.

Why I wanted to become a dentist: 

I have always wanted to do something where I can help people. Dentistry was the best choice for me where I could merge my love of science, technology, and healthcare with my desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Favorite class:

It's a tough choice, but I think my favorite class might be Dr. Kerby's Fixed class where we became experts at prepping #30 CVC crowns. He was such a great teacher who cared so much about his students. I learned so much in that class and that's where I gained so much of my hand skills proficiency.

3 things people should know about me:

  1. I was born in Fargo, ND.
  2. I absolutely love skiing.
  3. I was on the Ski & Snowboard Team at Notre Dame.

What I enjoy doing outside of dental school:

I enjoy skiing, wakeboarding, photography, running, cycling, and spending time with friends and family.

Best advice for succeeding in dental school:

Work hard, but make sure you prioritize your life outside of school too. You are surrounded by some amazing people and you are certainly going to have a good time together. There's nothing like getting together after a big exam and celebrating with so many of your classmates who inevitably become some of your best friends. 

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

I wish I knew that I could always reach out to upperclassmen for help because they are always more than willing to give advice when you need it or even sit down with you and help you in lab. 

Plans after graduation:

I think I want to go straight into private practice, but I am also considering the possibility of a GPR.