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About LadyNichiavelli

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  1. LadyNichiavelli

    Do I have any chance?

    Just take the pre-reqs at a community college and get those PCE hours. Don't try to get another bachelor's. That's a waste of time and money.
  2. Undergrad Ed School: Austin College (undergrad), Richland College (post-bacc cc) Major: English (minor in Spanish) Cumulative Undergrad. GPA: 3.2 Science Undergrad. GPA: 2.6 Post-Bacc GPA: 3.8 (35 credit hours) Post-Bacc Science GPA: 3.8 (32 credit hours) Overall GPA: 3.3 Overall Science GPA: 3.1 Age at application time: 23 GRE: 155V 153Q 4.0A Direct Patient Care: 1860 hours as a Physical Therapy Aide Health Care experience: - Working with children and young adults with special needs for 9 weeks in Ecuador (270 hours) - Volunteering for a week in Honduras in a transient clinic for an underserved community (42 hours) - Volunteering for a month at a local, low-income Texas clinic (48 hours) Total: 360 hours Leadership: - President of the Campus Activites Board - Service Chair for Amnesty International - Chair Member of yearly huge "big name musician" concert on campus committee - Major Events and Weekends Chair for the Campus Activities Board - Freshmen Reprentative for Student Assembly Volunteer: - Local Special Olympics - Green Light New Orleans - Elementary school tutor - Prairie Restoration - Animal Shelter - Safer Alternative Trick-or-Treating event for the children of the local elementary schools Total: 146 hours Awards: - Founder's Scholarship - Global Outreach Fellowship - Medical Experience in Mexico Internship - Spring 2016 Dean's List - Fall 2016 President's Honor Roll (post-bacc) - Spring 2016 Vice-President's Honor Roll (post-bacc) Teaching Experience: TA for freshman Cognitive Science/College Mentoring class Shadowing: 153 hours (23 hours with PA in Pediatric Pre-Anesthesia, 90 hours with General Physician in underserved part of Mexico, 40 hours with Orthopedic Pediatricians) Organizations: The only relevant one I listed on CASPA was Global Medical Brigades. Letters of Rec: 3; A&P/Micro Post-Bacc Professor, Genetics Post-Bacc Professor, Pediatric PA Schools Applied: 14 - Rutgers, UT Southwestern, Salus, PCOM: PA, Franklin Pierce, Touro Cali, Arcadia (Dual PA/MPH), UTMB, Yale, USC, UNE, DeSales, Albany Medical College, Le Moyne Application Submitted Date: 5/30/2017 Application Verified: 5/31/17 Interview Invites: 3 (Rutgers, UTSW, Salus) Denied w/o interview: 11 (PCOM: PA, Franklin Pierce University, Touro Cali, Arcadia <but accepted into their MPH program>, UTMB, Yale, USC, UNE, DeSales, Albany Medical College, Le Moyne) Rejected after interview: 1 (Salus) Withdrew Application: 0 Waitlisted: 0 Accepted: 2 (Rutgers, UTSW) Attending: RUTGERS! My top choice! Attempt: 1st I hope that this serves as encouragement for other low-GPA applicants that you still can get into AMAZING programs as long as you put in the work. My biggest piece of advice is to cushion the weakest part of your application (GPA for me) with your strongest attributes. I worked on my PS for 6 months, had a great post-bacc GPA, amazing LORs, and great extracurricular/volunteering/leadership experiences! Please don't sell yourself short. I got into 2 out of my 3 reach schools and got rejected from schools that I thought I was a shoe-in at. Also APPLY EARLY and BE YOURSELF at your interviews.
  3. LadyNichiavelli

    Interview Attire (women)

    No problem at all! Shopping for interview attire was a stressful/fun time for me. Lol. Good luck with everything!
  4. LadyNichiavelli

    Interview Attire (women)

    Found it: https://www.amazon.com/Calvin-Klein-Womens-Button-Jacket/dp/B00ESXEFM4/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1529807896&amp;sr=1-3&amp;refinements=p_lbr_brands_browse-bin%3ACalvin%2BKlein&amp;pi=SL180_SX138_CR0%2C0%2C138%2C180_QL70&amp;th=1&amp;psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00ESXEM0E/ref=pd_aw_fbt_193_img_2?ie=UTF8&amp;pd_rd_i=B00ESXEM0E&amp;pd_rd_r=d69ccb61-7757-11e8-b7c4-af38c36f552b&amp;pd_rd_w=7FV1q&amp;pd_rd_wg=Rq22j&amp;pf_rd_i=mobile-dp-sims&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_p=1594280294257115709&amp;pf_rd_r=3TF2RWY98S0BX1CXNHND&amp;pf_rd_s=mobile-dp-sims&amp;pf_rd_t=40701&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=3TF2RWY98S0BX1CXNHND
  5. LadyNichiavelli

    Interview Attire (women)

    I bought a cute, affordable Calvin Klein suit from Amazon last cycle.
  6. LadyNichiavelli

    Interview travel, acceptance questions. Help!

    Go to the interview in person. Assume that they don't do video interviews unless they explicitly state it in your invitation. Asking would make you look uncommitted and they very well could rescind your invite if they felt like doing so. And even if they did do video interviews (99.99% sure they don't), you'd end up missing valuable tour info and looking less appealing than a candidate that made the effort to come from far away. Bite the bullet and pay for the interview costs. It's all a part of the process. P.S. I've heard of people getting invited to interview mere days before the interview. You definitely have time to prep. Good luck!
  7. LadyNichiavelli

    My essay looks like one huge paragraph in CASPA

    Honestly, the formatting will automatically make your essay a bit of an eyestrain, but if the content is great, I don't think this mistake will be super detrimental. I'm sure it happens a lot.
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    I'm sorry that this happened to you. If CASPA isn't willing to combine the courses like your school does, I'd recommend taking an extra summer course or two for the sake of raising your GPA and update the schools that would be willing to factor in your in-progress class(es), or even better, apply to more schools whose GPA requirement you do meet.
  9. LadyNichiavelli

    Rutgers 2018-2019 Application Cycle

    Hey! Just in case y'all didn't know, here is where the previous years' threads can be viewed to get a better idea for the timeline of the entire process: https://www.physicianassistantforum.com/forum/439-new-jersey-university-of-medicine-and-dentistry-of-new-jersey/ With regards to interview invitations, I can easily see from our current class that the school is extremely holistic in their admissions process. Regardless of grades (as long as you meet the minimum or have a great explanation for not meeting the minimum), state of residence, age, etc. if you fit the school's mission, they will try their best to give you a fighting chance. Don't get discouraged and really give it your all. No way in hell did I think I'd get a chance, but they gave me one anyway. Good luck!
  10. Arcadia, for sure, prides themselves on opportunities abroad for all their students. However, I would echo the sentiment that an MPH may be better suited to your career goals. Coincidentally, Arcadia also has a dual MPH/PA program.
  11. LadyNichiavelli

    Skipping Orgo Lab

    Yeah, Ochem lab saved my grade second semester.
  12. LadyNichiavelli

    Seton Hill 2018-2019

    Their app opens Aug. 1st. https://www.setonhill.edu/academics/graduate-programs/physician-assistant-ms/admission-requirements/
  13. LadyNichiavelli

    Did my evaluator enter the incorrect title?

    The most important part is her evaluation. If she talks about how she has worked with you in a supervisory role in her LOR for you (which she most-likely is), you should be fine.
  14. LadyNichiavelli

    Teacher LOR? When to ask?

    I say definitely ask in advance, especially if you are currently doing well. It's not in bad taste at all. Get your LOR ducks in a row asap.

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