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  1. I could be wrong, but I want to say they don't look at anything until after the deadline Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Hey! Have you heard anything yet? I just sent my supplemental on the 2nd!
  3. deleted - posted something about a different school. oops!
  4. I sent out my supplemental app and fee today. My GPA is pretty low also.
  5. what's the best website for editing your personal statement, if there is one?
  6. The sound of metal screeching against asphalt is a sound I will never forget. One night during my junior year of high school I went out to eat with some friends, and on the way home I was in a car wreck. I was riding with a friend, and we hit an oncoming vehicle almost head one, at an estimated 87 miles per hour. After impact, the truck we were in started flipping, and I was ejected. This began my very first experience in the hospital. I had broken my collar bone, fractured my skull, and broke three of my fingers, one of which I lost half of. This resulted in two reconstructive hand surgeries. Considering I was only seventeen, losing part of my finger was devastating. My team of medical staff, though, comforted me through this time and helped me cope. That’s when I realized I wanted to go into the medical field. I wanted to help those in pain just like I was helped though my tough time. When I started college, my major was pre-medicine. I knew I wanted to go into the medical field, I just didn’t know what field I wanted to pursue. During my second year of college, I received a 5am phone call from my father that could have been life-changing. “Your mother has been shot, but she’s okay, go back to sleep.” Needless to say, I got dressed and headed to the hospital. My mother was shot with a .40 caliber pistol. She had to have emergency surgery to remove part of her ascending colon and had a total hysterectomy. By the time I got to the hospital, she was out of surgery and in ICU. I walked in her room and was startled by all of the wires and tubes connected to her. I was scared. After speaking with her doctor and asking question after question, learning what each wire and tube was for, I knew she was going to be okay. Then, I became intrigued. I decided after my mother’s tragedy that I wanted to be a doctor. I thought that between my mother’s experience and my own, that I knew what I wanted to be. Shortly after her incident, I came down with a kidney infection. I called my primary physician to make an appointment, but he wouldn’t be able to see me for a few more days. I didn’t want to wait that long, so I made an appointment with the nurse practitioner instead. She treated me autonomously, made me feel better, was kind, and answered all of my questions about her career in the meantime. Then, I was stuck. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a doctor or an NP. A little while later, my grandmother was put in the hospital for a heart attack. This was a much bigger hospital than the one my mother and I had experienced. We spent Thanksgiving with her, and while we were in the waiting room, my grandfather and I began talking about what I was going to do after college. I explained to him that I was stuck between MD and NP. I told him that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to school that long to be an MD, and that I would have to choose a specialty and stick with it. I then explained that to be an NP, I would have to be a nurse first, and I didn’t really want to do that either. Then, he asked me about physician assistant. My grandfather explained to me that, “the PA was the lady that came to see Nana every morning. We never see the doctor.” This sparked my curiosity and the research was on. I decided that PA was exactly what I wanted to do. It fit my interests in more ways than one. First, I like the fact of working autonomously, but under a supervising physician at the same time. I also like the flexibility of specialties of a PA. Pursuing a career in PA is also beneficial to me because it requires a science background instead of nursing. I had finally found a career I was sure I wanted! I later got a job working as a phlebotomist in the local hospital. This was the first job I’ve had that I truly loved, and it kept me motivated to work toward becoming a PA. I got the pleasure of working hands on with patients. There is one lady that came in regularly for blood transfusions. She had fatty liver disease, which caused her inflamed liver to press on her stomach, causing a GI bleed. After we met, she eventually tried to come in when she knew I would be there because she said that I was her favorite phlebotomist. The last time she was at the hospital waiting to get her blood drawn, she got the phone call that she was eligible for a liver transplant! The whole hospital was in tears of joy for this lady. This is why I want to become a PA. If I can get personal fulfillment like this just by being a phlebotomist, I can only imagine what I will be able to accomplish as a PA. I want to be the cause of a patient’s happiness, not just the support. According to a familiar quote, medicine is the career you go into when you cannot possibly imagine doing anything else. I cannot imagine being anything other than a PA.
  7. In the Experiences part of CASPA, should you include all of your experiences, like jobs totally not related to health care, or keep it strictly health care related? I was just curious because in the CASPA FAQ it says to add employment experiences, so I'm just wondering what everyone else thinks.
  8. So, after I posted mine I started reading others, and then realized how awful mine was. So I trashed it and I'm totally starting over. I'll post my next first draft.
  9. I am applying to 6 different PA schools, and according to my transcript (not CASPA) I have a 3.23 GPA. The first time I took both Organic Chemistry and Molecular Biology I made Ds. I took them again and made Cs in both. Then, the first time I took Cell Biology I failed it, took it again and made a B. I also made a D in Genetics the first time, and took it again and made a B. I know, that's a lot of hiccups. I also have about 3 more Cs in science classes. I have no excuses. Nothing traumatic happened or anything like that. They were just courses that I struggled with. I have always maintained a job and taken 15+ hours of class since I started college. Does this make my application invalid, and if not how do I explain this in my essay? Thanks!
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