I just finished my freshman year of college and I ended my year with a 3.72 GPA. I don’t know if this is a strong standing as someone who wants to get into dental school. The first semester I had a 3.83 GPA but my second semester I struggled a lot because I suddenly got appendicitis, a death in the family, and I did 21 credits instead of 16. So my second semester ended with a 3.60 GPA. I’m not too mad about my GPA because I did my hardest that semester despite all the fallbacks. To be honest, I am actually quite proud of myself. However, in my two science courses (biology and comprehensive chemistry) I got the two B+'s in those courses. I know I could have done better if I didn’t have so many setbacks. Now I’m really worried because I want to go to UCSF for dental school and I’m not sure if I did a good enough job my freshman year to get to that school. I know there are other dental schools, but for the first time, I actually have a dream school and I really want to do my best to achieve my dream.
Here are some things I do:
Major: Neuroscience and Art Studio (for now)
Clubs: Asian Students Association (treasurer), Ice Skating Club, CCAK (Colby Cares About Kids where I mentor an elementary student)
Work: I work in the art department as an Office Assistant where I help plan events, do errands and make posters on InDesign
This summer: I am working in a summer camp as a counselor and I will be shadowing a dentist for a month.
Predental courses I completed so far: Calculus, English course, Two semesters of General Biology and General Chemistry.
My schedule next year will be Neurobiology, Organic Chemistry, Painting, and Japanese 3.
Also, what are some things I could do to make my application for dental school better and will dental schools understand my situation?