Barry is the person you want in your corner when you are tackling the arduous task of applying to dental school. When I was looking for an advisor, I knew I wanted someone with the experience and track record of helping applicants like me achieve their goals of getting into their top programs. I was fortunate to find Barry when I did because his knowledge of dental school applications allowed me to not only apply one year ahead of schedule, but also receive an acceptance from my number one choice. Over the course of one year, Barry guided me through every step of the process from choosing which post-baccalaureate classes to take, to looking over my personal statement, to preparing me for the interview. I cannot recommend Barry’s services enough.
Barry was the advisor for me from day one. I had worked for over four years after graduating college before deciding I was going to pursue dentistry as a new career. Not knowing anything about how to begin, I was concerned that I would not have the knowledge to become a standout applicant. When I first met with Barry over the phone, I was most surprised by his positivity, eagerness to know my story, and patience as I navigated unfamiliar territory. Upon our first conversation, Barry had the ability to find my strengths as well as come up with a realistic plan of action for me to achieve my goals. I remember ending that conversation feeling like I had a shot at getting into dental school. Barry’s belief in me provided me with the confidence to put in the work and allow my dream to become a reality.
After carefully looking over my GPA and class history, Barry pinpointed the classes he thought I would need to prove to dental school admissions that I was a strong applicant who could handle a heavy graduate-level course load. Every quarter, I would show him my projected schedule and together we would go over whether the class was worth taking. Through his expertise as an advisor and a university professor, Barry’s guidance in selecting my classes ensured no time was wasted, I was saving money by only taking the necessary classes, and the level of difficulty was appropriate for me.
What could have been the most stressful part of the process ended up becoming my most triumphant all due to Barry’s help. After completing most of my post-baccalaureate classes, I was simultaneously studying for the DAT as well as working on my personal statement. I felt like I was juggling two critical aspects of my application in a short period of time. Barry put me at ease when he became an extra set of eyes for my personal statement by proofreading and giving me tips on how to improve. Any time I felt stuck or unsure about my writing skills, Barry was available to provide me with that extra boost of encouragement to continue revising until my message of why I wanted to become a dentist was clear. I was able to finish my written applications in a timely manner and take my DAT with assurance, knowing that I had given it my all and Barry was behind me to cheer me on.
Several months later, interviews started to roll in. The last step of my journey with Barry included mock interviews where we went over potential questions that could be asked. Although I felt confident with my interview skills, I was appreciative of the different strategies Barry shared with me to make the interview that much easier.
If you are considering an advisor for your dental school needs, look no further—Barry is the person you want.