A dentist is a surgeon who has a specialization in dentistry. The maintenance, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases concerned with the mouth cavity are all gathered up under the work of a dentist. The dental team consists of dental subordinates, dental hygienists, dental engineers, and in some states, dental analysts.


For achieving the degree of dentistry, you must graduate from high school and complete all the necessary courses required for this field such as statistics, physics, organic chemistry, general chemistry, General Biology, and calculus. In the USA, while certain dental colleges require at least a bachelor’s degree (4 years of college prep), a few may consider admitting students with only 3 years of college, which is very occasional. You must give DAT, Dental Admission Test to apply for dental colleges. The Dental Admission Test consists of a survey of four tests:

  1. Survey of the Natural Sciences.
  2. Perceptual Ability.
  3. Reading Comprehension.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning.

The dental colleges in the USA recommend you take the test one year before the admissions. In Pakistan, MDCAT, Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test, is usually required to get an admission into a medical or dental college.


Life as a dentist is for sure not an easy task. It is just as difficult as other fields. With being a dentist, you should be caring towards other people. The treatment of a patient is not limited to mechanical diagnosis. A patient must believe that the doctor carrying out his or her surgery is not only concerned with the treatment of the patient but also with the patient getting better. It is crucial to gain the trust of your patient with your bedside manners to achieve successful operations. When the patient believes that his/her dentist or physician does not care or believes that he or she is only concerned with money, the patient will get agitated and will find fault whether no-fault exits.

The sole point to keep in mind after being a dentist is to keep patience and develop the habit of letting go. There come several pressure points in the life of a dentist where you just want to quit your profession and get out of this, which most people termed it in anger as, hell-hole. You reach your pressure point when your colleague is on the leave and you have to fill in for him or her. Sometimes, your co-workers are not doing their job well and you have to do that for them as well as yours and the workload never seems to end. But this is just for a time being and it will pass no matter what.

All the dentists are created equal when they graduate. It’s the advanced training, continuing education, and a willingness to continue to learn and experiment makes the difference. The greatest lessons are learned from the failures. The number of failures you get in your way, the brighter and advanced you get. Reminiscing over your failures makes you humbler and more aware of the dentist’s limitations.


To sum it up, congratulations to all those who are going to be passed out as professional dentists (Tannlege Sandefjord) and going to take charge in their respective fields. Life as a dentist is undoubtedly is difficult and pressurizing sometimes and you would be asking yourself questions like why are you here or what is normal? but this time can be passed with patience and endurance. In dentistry, you learn quite a lot of things in a short amount of time and it will undeniably make you proud of yourself of what you’ve achieved in life.

An essay is like a military operation

An essay is a lot like a military operation. It takes discipline, foresight, research, strategy, and, if done right, ends in total victory. That’s why I stole my formula from an ancient military tactic, invented by the Spartans (the guys in the movie 300). This tactic was a favorite of great generals like Brasidas and Xenophon (an actual student of Socrates) and was deployed successfully in combat countless times. I figure: if this one trick can protect a ten thousand-man march through hostile territory, country after country, it can probably work for something as silly and temporary as a paper or an essay.

We’re going to use this tactic as a metaphor — also a great term to use in our essays — for the structural elements of our essay. It will allow us to forget your teacher’s boring prompt. Forget “Commentary/Concrete Detail/Commentary/Concrete Detail” and all that nonsense.

Here’s Xenophon talking about this tactic in his Anabasis:

It would be safer for us to march with the hoplites forming a hollow square, so that the baggage and the general crowd would be more secure inside. If, then, we are told now who should be in the front of the square and who organize the leading detachments, and who should be on the two flanks, and who should be responsible for the rear.

Basically, their tactic was this: to successfully march or retreat, the general brings his troops together in an outward facing square with their supplies and wounded in the middle and the strongest troops at the front and back. As they moved away from the unfavorable ground, the men would defend their side, stepping out only slightly to meet their attackers and then retreating immediately back to the safety of the shape. And thus they were completely impenetrable, able to travel fluidly as well as slowly demoralize the attacking army. As Xenophon wrote, the idea was that having prepared a hollow square in advance, “we should not have to plan [everything defense related] when the enemy is approaching but could immediately make use of those who have been specially detailed for the job.”

My method works the same. Consider your introduction as the creator of the shape, and then the following paragraphs making up each side. They venture outwards when called to, but never abandon the safety of the formation entirely. It is a process of constant realignment, maintaining the square at all cost. In terms of “writing,” you need only to create a handful of original sentences for the entire essay: a thesis, a theme, a mini-thesis that begins each paragraph and a concluding sentence that says what it all means. Everything else is a variation of these four sentences in some way. Together they create the square, and this serves as the point of return — much like Chuck Palahniuk’s concept of “chorus lines” (see Fight Club, where, whenever the plot gets off track, he immediately comes back to something like, “I am Jack’s sense of rejection”). The idea is to keep the reader protected, just the troops flowing in and out of the square kept the hollow middle, and thus the whole square, safe.