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About LadyNichiavelli

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  1. Lots of good advice here. I also wanted to chime in and say that as an inpatient PT aide for two years in a hospital mainly for geriatric patients, I had to wipe a lot of butts and that definitely humbled me.
  2. CONGRATS!!!
  3. I feel like based on what you're searching for, you should aim for med school and really shoot for that residency. No matter how you cut it, school is transient and will end eventually. Your career is for life (unless you venture toward something else). But you also need to find ways to prevent your burn out and make school a more enjoyable (although challenging) venture.
  4. From no interviews --> Accepted at the school that started it all. Now that's what I call 0 to 100. Congrats! :)
  5. Yes, yes, yes. You are on the right track. I'm a huge advocate for "honest and organic" answers, because in my experience, that is what has worked. Of course, you should have a good idea of why you want to be a PA, why that school, etc. But I wouldn't memorize your answers. Maybe if you're the type to freeze up a lot or get nervous when interviewing, practicing a bit more would ironically help you sound more natural. I totally agree. There are so many resources for PA school interviews out there, that I fully believed I had to memorize the "right" answers to get accepted, but that totally backfired. But I will say that those resources are pretty good for a) getting you into the mind of an interviewer and b) avoiding the absolutely "wrong" answers.
  6. R. Shane Tubbs
  7. I calculated that as you paying (out-of-pocket), about $16,250/year? Assuming it was consistent? Is that about right? I'm asking, because it's looking like your debt is very close to the amount of debt I will be in by the time I graduate (including other expenses and undergrad loans). I really had my heart set on paying everything off in three years by living very frugally. Luckily, I'm single and my only "dependent" is my dog. How realistic does that sound, in your opinion? Also with the NHSC, did you do the loan repayment program? If so, how flexible were they with you on choosing your work site? So many questions. Sorry OP and MCHAD.
  8. If the reasons behind the probation truly are paperwork-related, the program is still on probation by the time you matriculate, and you don't hear back from any other schools that you feel more strongly about... then I would definitely attend the program if I were in your shoes. The fact that you will be attending an accredited program (probation or not) pretty-much guarantees that you will be able to sit for the PANCE as long as you put the work in. Since you said that you really liked the school and found the distance beneficial, I wouldn't let the probation status scare you away (again, as long as they're still on probation by the time classes start). Congrats on achieving this amazing milestone! This is a great accomplishment--don't forget that. :)
  9. Jazminek_pa (also a member on this forum) is the success story that immediately comes to mind. And she's so open about her journey. She wrote a blog about it and is active on Instagram:
  10. Hey! I was in the first group and I got the official email 6 days after my acceptance call.
  11. Definitely go to the interview.
  12. Love this thought process. It's exactly what I had to do as well.
  13. One of the prephysicianassistant MODS on Reddit posted their experience in Yale's PA program. I thought it was a very interesting read:
  14. I'm also a Type A personality who has done competitive prepared speaking all my life. I definitely know your struggle. :/ To be honest, I figured since I knew that I had a second interview with a school I felt more strongly about, I might as well "practice," per se, being overprepared for the first interview and see how it works out. Luckily, it didn't. Lol If you have multiple (or at least one more) interview(s) coming up, I'd recommend just being yourself. There'd be nothing to lose at that point because the past methods haven't been working.
  15. Of course! Basically, I stopped patronizing the interviewers by telling them what I thought they wanted to hear. After questions, I would pause to really think of my answers and respond straight from the heart, instead of jumping straight into a prepared answer. There were some questions that I automatically knew the answer to and I would jump into my answer with conviction and confidence, and I think that scored points with them as well. Basically, I reacted to every question as naturally as I could by not preparing my answers to death beforehand. My first interview, I was very subdued and "overly-professional," which very obviously bored my interviewers. I made sure to really be myself for my next two. My advice is to re-read your CASPA app and "re-learn" about who you truly are and why you're doing this, as well as read up as much as you can about the school. The questions for the school and a strong, general idea of why you want to be a PA are the only things I'd advise you to lightly prepare for. Good luck!! :)