Aadsas requires an essay from each applicant that will give admissions officers a personal account of who the applicant is, what his or her interests are, and why he or she is interested in the field of dentistry. Make it count. Although a poorly-written essay may not prevent an applicant with highly competitive credentials from being invited for an interview, a well-written essay can be strongly influential in persuading admissions committee members to interview (or even accept) an applicant who is lacking in one or more aspects of their application (see Dental SchoolPreparations). The essay is limited to 4500 characters (approximately one page, includes spaces and punctuation). The prompt for the essay on aadsas is purposely blank so that applicants do not feel restricted in what/how they should write, but the adea recommends that your Personal Statement address why you desire to pursue a dental education and how a dental degree contributes to. In short, your personal statement should focus on your interest in dentistry, some things you have done to this point that illustrate your interest, and how these attributes will help you succeed in your future career as a dentist.
The Admissions Committee members who read your essay are looking for individuals who are motivated, academically prepared, articulate, socially conscious, and knowledgeable about the profession. Write about your experiences and any qualities that will make you stand out.