I am a junior in University. Ever since I was a child, I told myself that I wanted to be a dentist. Now that dental applications open up in June, I am starting to hesitate. I am starting to realize that dental school, although an awesome profession that I would love to be a part of, just does not seem write for me. When someone asks me what I love about dentistry that made me pursue it for so long, I don't know how to answer. I also had a difficult time writing my personal statement. Although I have done a fair share of dental shadowing, I can see myself as a dentist in the future, but it's the path I need to take to get there is what scares me. I am a chemistry major. I absolutely despise biology. To me, it is nothing but rote memorization. Unfortunately, dental school is nothing but oral biology. Not only do I dislike the science, I am not good at it either. I feel that this will be my downfall If I attend dental school. Talking to my chemistry research professor, we discussed PhD options. I have a first author paper which I hope to submit for review by the end of April which my professor says will set me apart from most other applicants. He says that with my grades (3.90 overall and 3.92 sGpa) and paper, he cannot see any school refuting me no matter how good it is. I love chemistry, I really do. I have a few months to decide what career path to take and it is pretty stressful. Any support, advice, encouragement is much appreciated. Honestly, it seems to me that a PhD in chemistry is the way to go. Not only do i like the subject, but it appears that I would be able to spread my wings in terms of schools I can apply (and hopefully, get accepted) to. I am afraid to pick one thing but only to soon find out that I could be better at the other (im 21 if it matters). I may apply to both dental and chem grad for now and see what options open up. Not sure. But whatever I decide to do, I need to know what I should do to make myself more competitive for chem grad with the few months I have left. What do you think? Thoughts? Are you potentially a chemist or dentist? Have you ever contemplated betwee grad school and health professions? Personal experiences you would like to share?