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  1. Hello future classmates!! I'm starting this thread for our new class, and would like to start a Facebook group to start getting to know each other. Feel free to message me here to add me on Facebook, or add any info about yourself on this thread. Congrats, can't wait to meet everyone!
  2. Hi All! I wanted to create a Facebook page for our class, but you can't create a group unless you have friends to add or invite, so if anyone wants to add me on Facebook after acceptance, please do!! Message me on this forum for my personal contact info. Thanks!
  3. Has anyone started a Facebook group yet? I saw that the previous classes have active groups and wanted to get ours up and rolling. Not sure how many seats have been offered since they said the majority would be offered in December, but just thought I would check it out. I'm excited to meet my new classmates!
  4. I have decided to accept a position at another program (super tough decision!) and will be declining the seat I initially accepted, best of luck to everyone who is still interviewing, and huge congrats to everyone again!
  5. Thank you to everyone who replied. I made my decision and am trying not to second-guess or "what-if". I decided to go with Program 2. I tried to let go of the nerves and intimidation (I didn't work this hard to take the "easier" road out), and chose the program with stronger clinical placement, preferred geographical location, and smaller class size with demographics that are most similar to myself. Now T-minus 6 months until classes start! :)
  6. Hi All, After my two interviews this past month, I am finding myself in the situation of having to choose between two programs: it's an incredible opportunity and a dream to even get a choice, I realize, but I'm also really having a hard time because there are definite benefits and drawbacks to each program. I'm trying to figure out 1) what matters MOST in determining which program to pick and 2) which program will ultimately help me get the best job as a new grad. I would also like to give myself the best chance to succeed and have the best quality of life as a student along the way. I'm in Texas and both programs are in-state. Both programs: Both have a very high PANCE pass rate- 98% and 100% respectively. Both have been established for 15-16 years, and have extensive alumni networks. Program 1: located in a small city in West Texas, the program is currently not ranked (was ranked at about the 50% mark in previous years). Class size is 60, PA progam is in an entire building by itself and staff/faculty are entirely devoted to PA students. Clinical rotations are in various cities throughout (primarily) West and central Texas, considers student preference. No thesis project, classes seemed really fun, students were a very tight-knit group. I absolutely loved the environment of this program. The students were all very enthusiastic about making it through the program, there are "buddies"/mentors assigned to you from the class above, and the faculty were supportive and dedicated to making sure everyone succeed. I felt welcomed and could absolutely see myself going there. I was surprised, because I had not anticipated feeling like that at all!! Benefits: shorter program (27 months), more affordable, have offered me a small scholarship, I loved the impression of the program and student life, they seemed happy! Biggest drawback: The school is on Academic Probation status until March, when it will most likely be lifted. As a currently admitted student, there is no risk to me- all students matriculating now, or prior to any future decision will graduate from an accredited program and take the PANCE. Not sure how much reputation matters in job placement?? Program 2: Located in a huge city in central Texas, high ranking program (top 20-30 ranking depending on the source), associated with a medical school/health sciences center/hospitals in a medical center. Class size 45, PA program within the health sciences center, shared faculty among disciplines and shared classes with med/PT/OT. Clinical rotations in central texas (San antonio, surrounding areas, some clinical sites in rural Texas areas). Research thesis project, program seems VERY intense and intimidating. Lots of alumni, great reputation. This program was my first choice going into interviews, but I was honestly intimidated and felt as if I should feel lucky even to be sitting there (much less offered a seat), students emphasized how much time (24/7/365) is devoted to studying, how hard the material was, etc... I felt like the faculty were conveying a similar message. Less of a sense of community than Program 1, for sure. Benefits: reputation, location in a large urban city, affiliation with a med center, possibly better clinical placement. Drawbacks: I'm afraid I won't be able to make it through the program. Intimidated by how difficult and rigorous the program seems. Don't want to be miserable, worried about an uber-competitive, 24/7 studying tortuous process. Less affordable, 3 month longer duration of the program, no scholarship offered yet. So I'm basically choosing between academic reputation and quality of life. I have no idea what to do, I know that 3 months isn't that much in the grand scheme of things, so duration of program isn't that big of a factor. Location doesn't really matter as much for me, I would be totally fine living in a small town in West Texas. My parents are moving out of the country so I won't really have a "home base" anymore. How much does academic reputation factor in getting a job out of school? I would love advice from someone who had to weigh program choices. Basically, the program where I think I would be happiest in terms of quality of life and academic success is not nearly as well-ranked, and has the probationary status flag. Any advice is very welcome, thank you for reading this giant post! I know wherever I choose, I'm going to be a PA at the end. Living the dream!
  7. I just heard back that I was accepted, I got my call yesterday morning! I interviewed this past Saturday. Congrats to everyone who has an upcoming interview or who has also been accepted!
  8. If this helps at all, I know a few students who were moved off the waitlist last year- one was notified 2 days before classes started, so for everyone who is told they are either an alternate or waitlist, definitely don't give up hope! This school notifies early, so I think what tends to happen (I may be wrong, but just what I've heard) is that a lot of students tend to accept their first offer and then if they receive another offer later on in the game, they may end up choosing another school instead and that frees up a spot for someone else. Hope this helps!! Has anyone made a Facebook group yet? I know we're not allowed to use the Texas Tech name, so I wasn't sure how to find it. Thanks guys!
  9. Hi All, I interviewed on Thursday, October 22nd and heard back via email the next afternoon that I was accepted!!! I'm so excited that I'm going to be a PA, it doesn't feel real yet. I interviewed at UTHSCSA this past Saturday, so that program is a possibility for me as well, but I REALLY liked the environment at TTU, and the students seemed really happy, less cutthroat than other places, and overall (except for Midland being a less than first-choice city), I could really see myself going there. Congrats to everyone else who was accepted as well!!
  10. I got my invitation to interview this past Wednesday and picked the third date (Oct 22)... I'm beyond excited!! Any info or details about the writing sample or what else to expect on the day of interviews is welcome :)
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