I had the pleasure to interview Karishma who’s been accepted to University of Buffalo and University of Southern California. These acceptances of hers didn’t come easy, and she has learned a great deal through the process.
During this interview we talk about
- Karishma’s story – an endodontist from her country, receives 4 interview calls the first year but no acceptances, despite her friends telling her that she’ll be fine
- Her thoughts on when the best time is to take a bench test preparatory course, and why
- Her message to those who are putting off practicing for the bench test because they might not get an interview call this year
- Her experience practicing for the bench test watching YouTube videos as reference
- Her thoughts on interview preparation, and why “I am a hard working individual” is a bad answer
- How she wasn’t surprised during an interview with any question asked by the interviewer and was confident entering the interview room
- Her advice for those just starting out, or those who don’t know what to do
- Her experience practicing through the online course feedback system after the in-person course.
- 3 things she wished she knew when she was just starting out
Karishma graduated from a Government dental school in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, and continued her education and became an endodontist. She practiced for a year in private practice before coming to the US in 2008.
During her first application cycle she received 4 interview calls, practiced for the bench test at a dental office she worked in, but didn’t receive an acceptance. The second year-round she came to IDC and worked extremely hard to succeed, and got what she deserves. Since recording the interview with Dr. Alyssa, she also got accepted at USC which is where she decided to join.
Note: This conversation was recorded and released under Karishma’s permission.