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Old 3rd-January-2017, 05:38 PM   #1
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Unhappy STRUGGLING IN DENTISTRY, HELP?

First and foremost, hello everyone or anyone reading this ( a bit shy, first time sorry hehe.)

Anyway, I'm an INTP after countless tests have been done, well approximately. First year dental student. I don't really know how to tailor my words etc. so frankly saying, it's a huge struggle probably due to the subjects taken. Honestly, I thought dentistry would be something fascinating at least the subjects. I took computer science prior to this, however the feeling was different. I wanted to learn it more and more, incessantly. The same thing doesn't happen to dentistry sadly.

Unlike my other friends, I can't simply memorise the information given blindly. I don't have the ability to do homework for the sake of homework itself nor to please the lecturer. They can (almost everyone else in my class) can just refer to their lecture notes and digest. Their 10 mins of reading the notes is equal to my one hour or two of reading the same thing because I've to understand every single term.

And I don't know how to appreciate the learning of oral biology, yet. Idk.

I do hope to be a dentist, something I want to contribute to the society but for now, the learning process is hard to me.

Any ideas on how to cope? Is there a way to make learning it as fun as computer science?
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Old 3rd-January-2017, 05:50 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum

Now, I know you are asking specifically for coping strategies, but the subtext screams otherwise...

Forget coping strategies, it seems that dental science isn't for you. Stick to computer science - it's clearly what you enjoy doing more. How fortunate you are to have found a field of knowledge that gives you the sensation of an insatiable appetite for knowledge.

Don't be afraid to bail out of dentistry if it's not for you. You tried it, it didn't work out. This doesn't make you a failure or anything. I really hope you're not pursuing it because your friends are or any other superficial reasons.

Good luck! I hope you make the right choice.
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Old 3rd-January-2017, 06:40 PM   #3
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former first year dental/ medstudent here (uconn).

as an intp i totally understand the essence of your frustrartion as you explain it.

i made it to the end of the first year and though i was doing really excellently i dropped out voluntarily for several reasons.

if you are dead set on staying the course, as i was, i maybe the last individual who you want to take advice from.

one of the main reasons i left was also my age: i was a decade and a half older than the other students. so i might not be able to relate at that level either, i.e.if i had been in my early 20s i dobelieve it would've influenced my decisiin to stay/ leave more towards stay.

most peeps on the internet are not going to fathom what you surely went through to get in to dental school and thr rewards you chance to give up if you throw in the towel. its a heaet wrenching choice. very very difficult. so difficult i ended up in a psych ward for a time...

that said, the biggest reason(s) for my decision to depart was my frustration with the non-intp way of studying medicine/ dentistry: i.e. it was disgusting to me to mindlessly consume meaningless information without thoroughly digesting it for understanding before icould let it become a part of me: i felt like my mind kept holding back the urge to barf everything i would shove into it.

the E and S and F and J force was very very strong in med/ dent school.

what i really should have been is a professor of a hard science.

outside of my day job that has paid off my studentbloans since i left 3 years ago, 'm pursuing teaching part time now...
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Old 4th-January-2017, 06:09 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum

Now, I know you are asking specifically for coping strategies, but the subtext screams otherwise...

Forget coping strategies, it seems that dental science isn't for you. Stick to computer science - it's clearly what you enjoy doing more. How fortunate you are to have found a field of knowledge that gives you the sensation of an insatiable appetite for knowledge.

Don't be afraid to bail out of dentistry if it's not for you. You tried it, it didn't work out. This doesn't make you a failure or anything. I really hope you're not pursuing it because your friends are or any other superficial reasons.

Good luck! I hope you make the right choice.
I'm thinking of bailing out these days, just not sure if that's the right choice but thanks a lot for the reply man, really appreciated it!
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Old 4th-January-2017, 06:16 AM   #5
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former first year dental/ medstudent here (uconn).

as an intp i totally understand the essence of your frustrartion as you explain it.

i made it to the end of the first year and though i was doing really excellently i dropped out voluntarily for several reasons.

if you are dead set on staying the course, as i was, i maybe the last individual who you want to take advice from.

one of the main reasons i left was also my age: i was a decade and a half older than the other students. so i might not be able to relate at that level either, i.e.if i had been in my early 20s i dobelieve it would've influenced my decisiin to stay/ leave more towards stay.

most peeps on the internet are not going to fathom what you surely went through to get in to dental school and thr rewards you chance to give up if you throw in the towel. its a heaet wrenching choice. very very difficult. so difficult i ended up in a psych ward for a time...

that said, the biggest reason(s) for my decision to depart was my frustration with the non-intp way of studying medicine/ dentistry: i.e. it was disgusting to me to mindlessly consume meaningless information without thoroughly digesting it for understanding before icould let it become a part of me: i felt like my mind kept holding back the urge to barf everything i would shove into it.

the E and S and F and J force was very very strong in med/ dent school.

what i really should have been is a professor of a hard science.

outside of my day job that has paid off my studentbloans since i left 3 years ago, 'm pursuing teaching part time now...
ikr. I don't know the heck people simply memorise stuffs. I've a batchmate who does that and when I asked what the thing she's repeatedly saying, I'd often get an "idk" or a short, terse anwer which doesn't really answer the question. Perhaps it's true, especially for the F type. Being a professor sounds rewarding though. Glad you could actually understand the frustration :| Thanks man
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Old 7th-January-2017, 08:43 PM   #6
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I think plumbing would be a hell of a lot more fulfilling for the average INTP than dentistry.
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