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About laurennicolem

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  1. I'm applying for the first time as soon as the CASPA opens in April! Graduated with my bachelors in '17, spent a year as a med tech to pay off my student loans and get 2,200 hours of HCE. I got a job as a med surg PCA back in May and I'll have about 1,800 of PCE by April. Planning to apply to ~15+ schools (I really want to get in somewhere!). I'm in CT so I'll be applying to a lot of northeast schools, would love to know if anyone in my area has plans to attend any open houses!
  2. Best advice to improve the verbal score is read hella books! Pick out quality literature with words you don't know and look them up when you come across them! This will teach you the meaning of words in context, it sticks so much better than only using flashcard drills (although you do need flashcards/vocab lists). Alternatively, listen to audiobooks/NPR and look up words you hear that you don't know. This will also help you become a more informed person and will help you during PA school interviews. My method does require a good chunk of time before you actually take the GRE though. For math; practice endless problems. Do one problem at a time and fully understand how to solve every problem you get wrong. For really complicated looking questions, there is often more info than you need and the answer is more straightforward than you would suspect. Read carefully, understand what is being asked. Good luck! I used Magoosh; 160 Q 165 V 4.5 W
  3. Will trade, message me!
  4. Congrats!! Can I ask what your stats were?
  5. Looking to DM personal statement to anyone who will read! Willing to critique yours in return ?
  6. Will I have the stats to apply with some confidence to some reputable programs (Quinnipiac, Yale, Cornell, ect)? Is applying to around 10+ schools going to be expensive/a waste of money? Will being a minority (half black) factor into admissions at all? How much is a recommended minimum to have in savings when preparing for potential interview season if applying to schools within driving distance? Best resources to prepare for the CASPA applications/interviews? I plan to apply as soon as the next cycle opens (April 2019). Here are my stats: Med surg hospital PCA PCE: 1,800+ by application time (500 so far) Medical technologist HCE: 2,000+ GPA: 3.9 GRE: 160 Q, 165 V Letters of rec: undergrad program director, internal med PA, hospital lab director, nurse manager Volunteer experience: ~100 hours @ women's reproduction health clinic, fundraising for children's medical center, blood drive volunteer Shadowing hours: ~ 100+ in internal, ortho, neurology, vascular surg, GI, OB/neonatal
  7. My boss (hospital laboratory director) from the job I just left really valued me as an employee and offered to write me a LOR when she found out I was leaving for a PCE position. I emailed her to let her know that she can ask me if she needs anything to help her write the letter and this was her response: "If you could provide me with specifics that they are looking for in the letter that would be helpful. I have a format that I use for personal references--not sure if they are looking for technical and/or learning abilities--those have been asked for in a reference I wrote for one of my employees from _____" Any ideas on what I should suggest to her? Thanks!
  8. I'd love if someone would let me DM them my unfinished PS draft for review! I'd be willing to read anyone else's and give my own comments. Thanks!
  9. I feel like you should leave it out- being let into a brand new program with no history and no accreditation won't really impress the admissions committees of competitive programs, and maybe they'll read it the wrong way and think you might flake out if you're offered a spot. Just my thoughts though!
  10. I shadowed a different PA for a total of 25 hours, over the course of 3 months-but it was a few months ago. Would it be better to ask her?
  11. Thank you! If I don't have my essay finished (not going to apply until next cycle), should I send my draft or just send my CV or resume?
  12. I'm a bit apprehensive about asking for a LOR from a PA that I shadowed for a total of roughly 18 hours over the course of 3 consecutive days because some people on this forum have said that is not nearly enough time-I just wanted to know if I'm being silly and I should just ask. I shadowed her for 2 days in the office seeing patients and for 1 day in the OR for 3 surgeries. I ended up chatting with her to the point where she knows my professional and academic history, where I live, a little bit about my family ect and she seemed to appreciate the questions that I asked her. She opened up about herself and told me a little about her personal life and her frustrations about working in a male dominated field. She even asked me assist with a few (very minor) patient related things. I currently do not have a LOR from any PAs and I know that many schools prefer one of your letters to be from one. She gave me her number and yesterday she texted me to tell me not to hesitate to ask if I need anything. So far I've written: "Thank you for the fantastic shadowing experience that I have had with you. You were a great example of excellent communication with patients and members of your healthcare team, and I appreciated how you answered all of my questions and explained things thoroughly. I will definitely be taking your insight into my future professional experiences. I am writing to see if you feel that you have gotten to know me well enough to write me a strong letter of recommendation for PA school. If you feel that you can write a letter that speaks to any positive character traits that you may have noticed in me that would translate well to a career as a PA..." Any input is much appreciated!
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