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About dragon_slayer_PA

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  1. I personally would skip the "professional" services and take it to your local English major. You don't know what you are getting with these services and there's no data to support their use. I had a friend who received her master's in English do a peer-review of my personal statement and it was the best thing I could've done as she was able to really pull apart my paper and tell me what improvements to be made from a story-telling and literary standpoint. I feel like with a service you don't really know what you are paying for and those doing the "edits" don't have any qualifications other than being the few that are charging pre-PA students for something most people would gladly do for free. Just my two cents.
  2. It is not intense. It is a basic writing sample, nothing that you need to prepare for or worry about. You just need to show up and write.
  3. Don't forget to figure in loan fees, aka the money you pay just to borrow the money in the first place. From https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/plus: Yes, there is a loan fee on all Direct PLUS Loans. The loan fee is a percentage of the loan amount and is proportionately deducted from each loan disbursement. The percentage varies depending on when the loan is first disbursed, as shown in the chart below. Loan Fees for Direct PLUS Loans First Disbursement Date Loan Fee On or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016 4.272% On or after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017 4.276% Aka my $30k Grad PLUS loan costs $1,300 just to borrow. The whole reason I started this thread was because one of my classmates mentioned that she was making interest payments and was going to deduct them on her taxes, however, @loliz made this point: Which pretty much answered my question. Though, it does make sense to pay off the interest while you are in school, if you can, as it will capitalize when you enter repayment and allllll of that unpaid interest will be added onto your principal. That's when you start paying interest on interest. Thank you US Gov!
  4. Thank you for bringing this up, I didn't even consider this. Brain stuck in cardiology module at the moment.
  5. I should've specified, I meant while in PA school. aka, working, but not getting paid! :)
  6. Does anyone out there have any experience or information with making payments on your student loan interest while in PA school and then deducting the interest you paid on your taxes?
  7. I submitted my app on August 16th and received an invite for an interview on August 27th.
  8. Congrats!!! I interviewed on 10/02 as well, everyone from our group really was very impressive. I was thrilled to receive an acceptance yesterday as well. I can't wait to join the Emory family, it seems like a fantastic place to be. See you in August!
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