Club Spotlight: Pre-Dental Club

Alyssa Luukkonen

There is a large assortment of academic and career clubs on campus at the College of Saint Scholastica. These clubs are a great way to learn more about academic departments and future careers as well as connect with people who have the same interests. If one is planning on pursuing dentistry, then one could consider joining the Pre-Dental Club.

President of the Pre-Dental Club Holly Duren, a senior psychology major, said the club meets to discuss various dental schools, of which there are only 50 in the entire country. In addition, the club explains how to fill out dental school applications, request letters of recommendation, and how to study for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).

This knowledge is vital, because according to Duren, the applications and tests for dental school are “totally different” than that of medical school. One tip Duren offered is to apply to dental schools very early—as early as June 1 before one’s senior year of college.

During the spring semester of last year, the Pre-Dental Club also collected oral hygiene products from the community and donated them to the battered women’s shelter Safe Haven, a project they continued again this fall semester.

Although anyone is welcome to join, the humble club currently consists of 10 members, with one senior, two juniors, and the rest underclassmen. The group meets once a month. Dates, times, and locations vary depending on group member availability, but information regarding the next meeting’s time and location will be sent out in a student community email for interested students.