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students

found (partially summarised in Table 1,
p. 99), it is rather interesting to note how
those engaging in adaptive coping methods
such as extracurricular activities are of the
less-stressed cohort than those using maladaptive mechanisms such as worrying and
avoidance.
Of further pertinence is the fact that the
major stressor concerning the more-relaxed
students was that of the workload, as opposed
to more personal factors, as was the case with
highly stressed students.
Though the link may be somewhat tenuous,
it is possible to relate Al-Omari's work with
that of Dahan and Bedos: As students progress
from earlier to more-senior years of dental
school, their main stressor is that of the
intense academic and clinical workload, and
that indeed a more effective way to cope with
this may be to adopt said adaptive coping
mechanisms.
So where do I fit into all this? I'd like to
take this opportunity to exhibit one of my
adaptive coping mechanisms, which has
aided me in overcoming stresses both in and
outside of dental school.
Whilst returning home one night after
watching Iron Man 2, I felt inspired and
thought: "Wouldn't it be cool to have my
own Iron Man costume?" Thus began research
into how to go about doing this, whereupon
I stumbled upon Pepakura, a form of modelling craftwork in which 2-D card templates
are used to construct 3-D models through
a combination of cutting, folding and gluing
the prelabelled components.
One can digitally create one's own templates,
or modify premade ones in size and complexity
to suit a crafter's individual needs. Pepakura
can be used to create many things, but is most
commonly used to build wearable suits of
armour, weapons and comic book artifacts,
and this is what I chose to do.
I initially decided to build the Iron Man
helmet, and as I researched more into the
subject I discovered the potential to develop
the initial card construction into a far more
realistic piece of craftwork using fibreglass,
cements and spray paint.
It in fact took me a year to complete the
helmet, working in the spare hours between
my AS studies, and a further year before I
tackled the entire suit.

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Since this, I have spent time over the past
few years alongside my dental studies,
experimenting with this creative process,
using different materials, methods and
sequences of manufacture (Table 2); taking
on a variety of creative challenges (Fig. 2);
and even participating at events such as
ComiCon (Fig. 3). Pepakura is an activity
which I thoroughly enjoy, and hope to
continue learning from and developing my
skill in, in the years to come.
Conclusion
Dentistry is both a stressful degree and
profession. Evidence shows how engaging
in an extracurricular activity as a means of
relaxation is a crucial form of self-awareness

that is beneficial for long-term stress reduction.
I personally have felt the benefits of having
a hobby which I am passionate about.
It has enabled me to improve my manual
dexterity and creative skills, which are essential
within a dental setting, and helped to provide
a vital escape from the relentless stresses of
academia and clinical expectations.
Having a hobby, of whatever form, be it
a sport, playing an instrument or reading
books, is extremely important, in my opinion,
not only to reduce stress in a working environment, but also to develop one's depth of
character which academics cannot offer, thus
creating a well-rounded individual: an
admirable trait for a dentist to acquire certainly, but also to carry throughout life. ■


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