Disadvantaged Student Status & Dental School Admission

The American Dental Education Association allows you to apply to dental school as a disadvantaged student. In addition to answering a series of questions from a pull down menu, you are also allowed to submit a special essay that builds a case for your disadvantaged status. For many students from backgrounds with limited family resources, providing this information is an extremely smart thing to do, as it might greatly reduce the expenses that you will occur in dental school.

Many dental schools appreciate the fact that some applicants have overcome obstacles on the path to their goals. You are welcome to provide any information and describe any background experiences that may have put you at an educational, social, or economic disadvantage as you prepare to apply to dental schools. Many dental schools seek to identify applicants who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. If you identify yourself as disadvantaged, answer the questions in this section.

Provide any additional information about your background that can help clarify your disadvantaged student status. Enter an explanation. Please limit your answer in this field to 4,500 characters.

You are also asked to provide a brief description of your childhood residence. Please limit your answer to 250 characters.

It would be an honor for me to assist you with making these two essays as eloquent and effective as possible. This might well prove to be a very smart investment on your part. It would probably also be wise if you should decide to use my service for your Disadvantaged Student Essay, that you also use my service to edit and enhance your Personal Statement, so that the writing styles of the two documents are in conformity.

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Sample Disadvantaged Status Essay, Palestinian Applicant, born in Jordan to Refugee Parents

The disadvantages faced my myself and my family are largely a result of being Palestinian, a people expelled from their homeland by force, leading, for most, to great misery and suffering. I was born in Jordan to two parents who were both Palestinian refugees. Fortunately, we were able to immigrate to the US in 2000. Because it is our homeland, I feel a deep connection to Palestine, especially Jerusalem and Gaza, especially because I still have lots of family there. I day-dream every day of going to Palestine as a dentist and treating those who have little to no access to dental care. My own disadvantaged status is the driving force behind my dream of returning to Palestine as a missionary dentist.

My father was born just one year before the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and barely survived the ensuing Arab-Israeli War of that year. His father, my grandfather, was a police officer who was killed by the Israeli occupying force when my dad was 11 years old. Thus, overnight, my father found himself the primary wage earner for the entire family, at 11 years old, helping to support his 4 younger siblings along with his mother. By the time that my father reached young adulthood, he was finally forced to flee Palestine for Jordan and live as a refugee as a result of the Six Day War in 1967.  My father wanted very much to become a doctor but could not afford medical school in Jordan, ending up studying Economics in Lebanon.

My family was very fortunate to be able to immigrate to the USA in 2000.  My parents left everything they had built in Jordan to come to the United States – thinking about the future education of their 5 children. Nevertheless, living in the USA was a great struggle for us for many years, for economic reasons. My father worked menial jobs at first and was then able to start up his own gas station which, however, failed - money was always tight. My father has been a great inspiration to me because he always struggled to provide us with economic stability and even went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the age of 65. My siblings and I have also struggled, along with my mother, supporting each other as a team.

I sometimes reflect on the difficult times that I went through and it drives me forward to persevere: the day I got my first job as a bus boy and felt tempted to eat the food left on the plate by the customers, working at a go-cart track to scrape together the extra money that I needed for school supplies. What money I was able to pull in helped with household bills, especially groceries. I remember looking around at my classmates in the rather affluent school that I attended, who had so much given to them, and I hoped that one day my children would enjoy similar comforts. I hope and pray that through my own hard work and dedication to my career, my children will not have to grow up as I did, constantly worrying about money and working much of the time when they should be studying or learning something of value.

I have volunteered numerous hours to help with the MTI mobile dental clinics that serve the underprivileged communities in our area, IMPACT XXU. I have taught teens with special needs and have engaged in these efforts to help the underserved in preparation for a lifetime of doing so, because this is what provides me with the greatest sense of satisfaction.

I hope to someday return to Palestine as a missionary dentist for long periods of time, teaching dentistry and helping with sustainable efforts to achieve access to dental care for even the poorest of Palestinians, a mammoth task in such a broken and devastated land which is under a blockade and regularly bombed from the air every several years, making the rebuilding of the country most difficult. It is this idea that makes me the most proud, of who I am, as an individual, as a Palestinian-America, and most of all as the dentist that I hope so very much to become.

Being granted Disadvantaged Student Status for Dental School will enable me to complete the program and excel; and, at the same time, devote as much time as possible to helping the underserved and prepare for a lifetime of priority assistance to the underserved while still in dental school and beyond. Nothing will bring me as much satisfaction in the future as helping refugees who made their way to the USA as we did, especially those fleeing war zones in the Middle East with whom I share a mother tongue, Arabic.

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Sample 1st Paragraph for the Disadvantaged Student Status Essay

I consider myself to be a disadvantaged applicant to dental school not only because I was born and raised into a poor family in Iran, but also the fact that I am a member of persecuted religious minority in my country of origin, the Baha'i. Iranians of the Baha'i faith are discriminated against and allowed very few educational opportunities in Iran, especially beyond the high school level. My grandfather was brutally murdered along with many Baha'i men, women, and children. It was not until my mother died unexpectedly that I made up my mind to leave Iran and to make my home in America as soon as I could.