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  1. ASK FOR HELP. I know it's hard, but anxiety can quickly spiral out of control. Your school should offer therapy services, which are often free. Many of my current classmates are utilizing these services and there is no judgement for it. Reach out to your friends, family, whatever support system you have as well. PA school is hard for everyone, in many ways, and we all need a little help. You are not alone. Even though our schedules are tight, there's time for therapy if you need it. Many of my friend's appointments are during lunch hours or before/after class on "lighter" days. I feel really strongly about this because in my second month of PA school, we had a classmate struggling with depression (unbeknownst to us) who took her own life. Our class was not prepared for that loss in the slightest, but we relied on each other, got closer, and have been working through our stresses together. Overall, it does get better! I'm in my second semester and I've finally (mostly) figured out how to handle the stresses of PA school, including tackling unrelated stressors I didn't even first realize I had, like maintaining a complete budget for the first time. I had some serious Imposter Syndrome my first semester too, but after realizing pretty much everyone else felt the same way, it was so much easier. Give it time on getting comfortable with your classmates. Every program's environment is different, but mine is very open and we are all at a point that we goof off regularly and have a good time, while still maintaining the "professionalism" when we need to. Be yourself. You'll find your group of friends over time. I found a few really great friends in the program that I am super close to now, and we help each other get through both our great days and our rough ones. Best of luck. Get some help. You can do this!
  2. Hey guys. The school will make one! I spoke with our class president and things are in motion to make one right now. It's been a busy month of tests for us, so hang tight and we will get you added soon!
  3. This is the most recent guide from the company that conducts the test. I used an older version when I took it several years ago in NC. It spells out each step as it needs to be done. Careful of the bolded steps, those are especially important to do "by the book", even when it may not be done quite like that in real life. Hunt around online to find reviews of the different testing sites. Some are notoriously easier graders than others. https://home.pearsonvue.com/getattachment/856d1d81-6619-4772-8cbe-cf48f491c10a/North Carolina Nurse Aide I Candidate Handbook-073400.aspx
  4. Congrats to everyone who got accepted!! If you decide to join our lovely school, enjoy the 10 month wait you now have. ? To those of you made the waitlist, don't despair! There are several people in my class who were originally on the waitlist and still made it in.
  5. Best of luck to those interviewing this Friday (and beyond!)! I'm a first year. I'll be helping out with the September 28th interview, so I might get to meet some of you!
  6. I mean this with all the love, but get used to waiting lol. Thankfully I am doing my last waiting game...my program starts in just over two months! Here's my own experience and advice. Don't check your email every ten seconds. Work hard at your job. Earn that money for when you can't work during school. Prepare for interviews and know your motivations for school. After interviews, have fun and stay focused beyond the wait. Schools work on their own timelines. I had one school interview me in August and wait until freaking MARCH to let me know I was waitlisted. It's frustrating but agonizing over the wait didn't make my answers come faster. I technically applied 3 times before finally getting in. (I don't really count the first round because I applied to exactly 2 schools and barely met minimum requirements. It was a waste of money.) The second round, I got interviews at three schools and ended up being waitlisted at all of them. No spot opened up for me and it was crushing. However, those rejections ended up being my motivators. It fueled my fire, focused my energy, and confirmed just how badly I wanted to be a PA. I found a different job to try somewhere new. Worked two jobs to get overtime every week. Secured excellent LORs. Spent endless times rewriting my personal statement until it finally felt right. The wait never gets better, but you feel better knowing you've done all you can. I got four interviews that time and finally snagged that acceptance. Basically, work on yourself and your application until you feel confident in yourself. It shines through at interviews and serves you well for reapplying if it doesn't go your way at first. I wish you all the best and hope that your wait turns into the happy wait...the wait from acceptance until matriculation.
  7. TL;DR Would anyone be willing to share how much they spent on books and supplies their first year? I'll be starting PA school this August, so I've been working on filling out my loan applications. I'm trying to budget carefully and limit the total amount of loans I take out, but I'm struggling to find "true" expected costs of books and necessary medical supplies. My school estimates $4,550 for books and supplies, which seems quite excessive to me, but under further inspection appears to include buying a new laptop and printer (neither of which I need). If anyone has any insight or is willing to share the ballpark amount they spent, it would be greatly appreciated!
  8. I received a call yesterday offering me an interview for October 9th and 10th, after receiving an email about the secondary review on September 3rd. However, I'm currently a little torn on attending. I'm from NC, so travel expenses are a little high with the multi day affair, and I had a mini heart attack when I was reminded that tuition for out of state is going to be $120k, significantly higher than even private schools much closer to me. ( I clearly overlooked that in my research..) Any current students willing to share what makes UF's program amazing? What would make it worth the cost difference? I don't want to take an interview spot from someone for whom UF might be more attainable.
  9. I, too, received an acceptance from the September 8th interview via email this morning! Absolutely thrilled!
  10. Submitted CASPA on July 8 and they received it July 12. Then I got an email August 9 that my application was complete, then got my rejection email today, just 6 days later.
  11. Thank you. I actually have two other interviews coming up, so I'm focusing on them! Best of luck at your interview!
  12. I received a call on Friday 8/11 offering me an interview invitation! I will be attending the 9/8 interview, so I guess I'll see you there tjt!
  13. Received a rejection email today, which was disappointing since I interviewed and got waitlisted last year... Best of luck to everyone else still waiting to hear back!
  14. Just got a rejection email today. It looks like they had an incredibly qualified applicant pool this year. Best of luck to those who already have gotten/will get an interview!
  15. Congratulations! I received the letter in the mail on 6/16 but haven't heard anything yet. Best of luck at your interview!
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