Hunger Games of MIU Dentistry
Dentistry is a very challenging career and nowadays with all the introduced technologies that has been thriving, it has become a real challenge. In MIU, dentistry is a whole other level of challenge, it’s more of a surviving technique where you learn that surviving is for the fittest. In other words it’s “Hunger Games”. Here is what makes dentists of MIU live in a world within ours:
- So when do u have a GAP?!
The answer to this question in their world is never with an exact time instead they reply with one word “DENTISTRY”. Allow me to take you in a trip through the regular day of a dental student in MIU so that you may understand the answer.At 8:30 AM there is a lecture followed by another and another and another till 6:00 PM– a running day-, either that or they are stuck with a 4 hours gap in the middle of the day (1st& 2nd year mainly). Gaps are a luxury that dentistry advising people failed to understand while making the schedules. Basically, they come out of their homes when the sun is rising and comes back when the sun is down so it’s more of a “Teletubbies” style than a life of a young healthy human being.
- ASSEMBLY HOUR!!!! What’s thaaaaaaaat?!
Usually they don’t take the assembly hour off and to a big extend the majority of the dentistry students don’t know even when is it exactly.
- The newest fashion line low waist LAB COAT
Some of dentistry students literally run around the campus with their lab coats on and GUESS WHAT?! They are not showing off, they either just came out of a lab/clinic, going to a lab/clinic or they are using it as a blanket when the lecture rooms are too cold.
- “May the odds be ever in your favor”
Dentistry students have exams nearly throughout the whole semester starting from the midterms, moving onto the practical exams and then comes the monster at the end of the tunnel;THE FINALS AND THE ORALS. Keep in mind that the time space between each one of these exams is no longer than 2-3 weeks.
- “OH YAYCKS…I JUST SAW THE SCHEDULE”
A phrase commonly used by dentistry students the moment they see their super stunning schedules. This brings me to the point that the only students in the whole university who don’t have the privilege of making their own schedules or changing their groups are MIU dentistry students. As if their lives were not miserable enough so they gifted them with really tight schedules to experiment on them the possibility of human beings turning into zombies at the end of the day.
- The CONTACT LIST of the year
4th and 5th year students are responsible to contact their patients, set appointments and make sure that the patient comes in order to fulfill the number of required cases set for each student. Bottom line is that they transfer to a professional receptionists as a part time job so it’s completely normal to find in their contact list ‘3am Gaber denture” , “el 7aga Fat7eya crown” , “ Madam Samera 3asab” etc.
- MISSION IMPOSSIBLE GUY AKA “3ASKARI”
In the S building in the 2nd floor there is a mini buffet managed by the one and only 3askari. This place is the sanctuary of all dentistry students when they need to grab a bite or even a cold or a hot beverage to help restarting their brains, that’s definitely the place to go to. Yes, it might not be the most delicious cup of coffee you will ever sip but you get the best of what you have right?!
At the end of the day not all MIU students are exposed to wax, flames and gypsum routinely. Also they don’t casually deal with carvers, knifes and scalpels as if they are just some kitchen utensil and neither do they have pockets full of acrylic teeth. Though, along of all that no one can survive Mission Impossible University the way dentistry students do. It’s out of question that dentistry is a tough major to be enrolled in and requires a lot of hard work, so little sleep, no social life what so ever and A LOT AND A LOT OF CAFFIENE but in the end remember that dental school is a marathon, not a sprint J. For all dental students out there, you guys are the superheroes of your own busy world, the true survivors of the hunger games and most importantly even if the odds are never in your favor YOU CAN DO IT so “NEVER, EVER EVER EVER EVER GIVE UP”- Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955)