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Hi there, I’m currently going through dental hygiene school and it is an ACCELARATED course. I am in my second week and already noticed couple girls leave. I love what I am learning but still freaking myself out. Any advice?



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When programs are “accelerated” it can either mean no breaks are taken to shorten the program time or the actual program is condensed. It’s important to understand which situation your program lies in. Hygiene school, no matter what program you are in, is not easy. It’s like that on purpose. Some students find that dental hygiene just isn’t for them, so they leave the program. When I was in hygiene school, 3 of my 24 classmates didn’t finish the program.
 
Being stressed out is normal for many hygiene students, its a lot of information coming at you all at once! If you love the concept of prevention, the science and microbiology behind dental hygiene, and making a difference in patients’ health, then hygiene school and dental hygiene as a career is right for you! Take it a day at a time and know that all dental hygienists had to go through the stress of school. I wrote an article about things I wished I could have told myself during hygiene school that may be of interest to you: http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-35/issue-11/content/reflecting-on-hygiene-school.html
 
I wish you the best of luck!

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