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About Holly_Diana

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  1. Hey CJT_082, I'm currently a second year student at CU so I am familiar with Colorado and cost of living (I've lived in Colorado for 16 years). Like others have said they will give you a set amount each semester and then break it down (tuition, fees, books/supplies, travel expenses, health insurance, Cost of living, etc). I would definitely recommend living with someone, it will just help alleviate some of the stress around money. I want to say the amount most programs offer is about $1500-$1800 a month equivalent (at least from when I researching the programs I had been accepted in). The average rent for Colorado right now for a 1 bd 1 bath is more in the range you stated, but it is also about location. You can probably find a 1 bed 1 bath for like $950, but it may not be the safest area. You'll just have to do your research. If you want any specifics feel free to let me know.
  2. You can make time still for what is important to you. This is why I think dnvrlikethecity advise of getting into a good routine and schedule is huge. I'm in a 3 year program and just finished my 4th of 5 didactic semesters. There are a few things I still make a point to do which is workout 3-4 times a week and every Sunday I spend about 2-3 hours food prepping for the week so I can stay eating healthy. You can easily still make time for those things that are important but you have to have a schedule and know how you study best in order to make your time studying as efficient as possible.
  3. I agree with UGoLong. This is the moment to talk about yourself that isn't already reflected in your application and supplemental. This is the point where you will be able to set yourself apart from the rest and potentially make a lasting impression because this is what is unique to you. Everyone applying will have a similar application with grades, volunteering, etc. What is unique about you and your experiences up to this point? Hope this helps.
  4. Oh and it sounds like your program is willing to support you and make it work for you, so I think that is great and a definite sign that it can all work out. :)
  5. I am in the same boat as you. My wedding will be in September, already have deposits down for everything. I guess every program is a little different. We get two weeks off our clinical year, so I just requested my two week off block to be during my wedding. I don't think it is crazy at all! I have been doing my own planning and it is a lot of work, but can be done! Good luck and congrats!!
  6. I agree with MT2PA! If you aren't sure of when you were supposed to hear back, take a look at the school's websites that you interviewed at. They usually outline a timeline of the entire application process. Ex: Application Due Date Supplemental Due Date GRE Due Date (if applicable) Interview Dates Offers of Acceptance Orientation/Start of Classes
  7. Hey guys just so you know we did have our alumni event Friday night after your interview and a lot of the faculty are at the PAEA conference this week. :)
  8. Not necessarily. I know that there is the opportunity though that some students get offered positions during their clinical rotation year. Also, with you doing your rotations in an area you want to live and practice at after graduation, you are able to network and build relationships while you are a student that can help you when you are looking for a job.
  9. I think you need to weigh out the pros and cons of both schools. Decide where also you would like to work after you graduate (if they are in different states). I think there are many things that could weigh in on your decision, but ultimately think about where you felt like you fit best. When I was applying I attended only 3 of my 8 interview offers because I was accepted to all 3 of those programs. In terms of the anatomy portion, 1 was a dissection lab, 1 was prosection lab, and the other didn't have a lab component to it. My decision wasn't made solely on the anatomy portion, however I was wanting more of a dissection lab if possible. Ultimately there were other factors that led to the decision on the program I chose, so I think you just really need to write out a list in order to determine where you think you will fit best. Good luck!!
  10. The shortest notice I got for an interview when I was applying was a week. Most others I received were 2 weeks to a month out. I only had 1 interview that was a couple months in advance. When I attended interviews I flew out the night before and flew back right after my interview so that I only had to take one day off of work. Hope that helps.
  11. No longer a PA-S1, now a PA-S2 :)

    1. Diggy

      Wow, how time flies! Congrats

    2. OLW2018

      Yay! That's great. I can already see the time flying. We're almost done with the first month!!

  12. Every school has a different timeline of when the secondary application is due. You will have to look at the specific programs you want to apply for to see when those deadlines are. Remember, most schools work on rolling admissions, so the earlier you have things in the better. If you don't have your supplemental in, your application will been seen by the school as "incomplete" and you wouldn't be offered an interview. My advice is to pick the programs you want to attend the most and make sure to have everything in for those as soon as possible. GatorChomp mentioned a good timeline for some schools with the most important thing of getting your application in as soon as possible. A lot of programs are getting over 1000 applications that are considered "complete" and even more partially completed applications. So you want to turn in your application early since you are trying to get one of those 40-50 spots they have. Also there are some programs that are a January start date, so it could be 6 months from the time you apply to getting an interview offer, getting offered acceptance, and then starting the program. Most schools have an August start so it would be a year, but again look into the programs you are specifically interested in because some have different starting times (my program started June 1st). I don't feel like I have the experience or knowledge to speak to a provisional program. Hopefully a moderator or someone who is a faculty at a program that is/was provisional can help shed some light on that topic. Good luck!
  13. My best piece of advice is submit your application earlier. A lot of programs work on rolling admission processes (I know when I applied I had my first two interviews in July and heard about two acceptances the first two weeks of August. If programs don't care about your writing score on the GRE, then I wouldn't worry about it too much, but if they do, I would maybe suggest retaking the GRE. Good luck!
  14. PA-S LP if you do get a credit card I definitely recommend it has rewards associated with it. I recommend either the Discover card like you stated or Freedom by chase (I think they both do 1% cash back on all purchases and then 5% cash back on the "category" for that month). I know the freedom card this quarter is for grocery stores so it is nice to spend what I already would on groceries and get some money back from it too. I agree with Rev Ronin though to make sure you pay them off each month. This will greatly help your credit score as well as save on interest (luckily a lot of the credit cards have an introductory offer of 12-15 months of no APR though). I have gotten a lot of cash back just from using my credit cards on purchases I would already have made in cash so I think it is definitely a benefit if you are able to manage them though and pay them off.
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