"Build good habits early by taking breaks regularly and having properly adjusted loupes."
My favorite classes from D1 year have definitely been the PRDS courses. Simulation lab reminds you why you are in dental school and it is a great way to connect with your peers, both in class and after hours. Although it can be tedious at times, practicing in simulation lab is a great distraction from the long hours spent studying for BMS. Shelter-in-place has made me realize how much I have taken it for granted. Some advice I would give to the incoming D1 class is to make sure your ergonomics are good early on. Build good habits early by taking breaks regularly and having properly adjusted loupes. Make friends with Maria and don't forget to have fun! Don't be afraid to ask D2s and any upperclassmen for help because we all have been through the struggle. Look out for workshops hosted by student organizations such as Hispanic Student Dental Association which gives better clarity on techniques that might be rushed in the curriculum.