To be successful, this essay must be about you – Who are you? Why did you decide to be a dentist? What have you done to learn about what being a dentist means? What have you learned from these experiences? What future goals do you hope to accomplish?
Be specific, not vague--don’t make general statements without support or illustration (e.g., “my volunteer experience was rewarding,” “I have strong communication skills.” – with no other detail) It should not be merely a list of endeavors, but an interesting narrative which highlights your achievements and your positive qualities and why they will help you be a competent, successful dentist.
Pay attention to composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation. During the drafting process you should have a couple of others (professor, dentist, dental student, parent, PPA advisor, Writing Center tutor, etc.) read your essay and offer feedback.