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  1. I do not think a retake is crucial for your application unless you are applying to programs that put a greater emphasis on the GRE. I was obsessed with Magoosh (I swear they are not paying me haha) and would highly reccomend it to anyone. I did the 6 month study plan and scored well above the 50th percentile in both sections. If you plan on retaking, figure out what your weakness are in verbal. Is it vocabulary? Fill in the blank question? Reading comprehension? I studied using GRE vocab flash cards and doing countless reading comprehension problems which were the question type I missed most often.
  2. Is your work schedule set? I found I could work nights and take a class best when my routine was the same every week. What time of day is the class? Basically you need to plan when you will sleep (and make sure to get enough sleep!) and then attempt to keep the same cycle. Alternatively you can switch your sleep cycle back and forth, but I found this extremely taxing.
  3. Instead of asking PAs, start asking programs you're interested in applying to. Send them an email with the job description attached. Go directly to the people who will be judging if your position is PCE!
  4. First, what jobs are available to you? Second, what sort of medicine are you interested in? Each specialty is super different in responsibilities and what you'll be exposed to. I would focus more on what sort of medicine you are going to be passionate about and thrive in. That will shine through on an application!
  5. Email some programs and ask! That's the best way to know for sure, especially since programs vary widely in what they accept for HCE/PCE
  6. Your descriptions do not make these opportunities sound particularly community oriented. Volunteer with an organization that stands for something you are passionate about, not because you want to check a box off on an application. That being said, I do think there are worthwhile online volunteering positions. Check out the Crisis Text Line ( Good luck!
  7. What is your rush to apply to PA school right out of college? A gap year could do you good (and help you gain PCE without the stress of schoolwork).
  8. HCE

    I agree with Ket131! Work in the lab while geting your EMT certification and then find a job to gain HCE (you will actually learn a lot of useful things working in a lab. I worked in a clinical chemistry lab prior to becoming a ER tech). Employeers will be looking for prior job experience and solid recommendations from your previous managers thus the lab job is a great stepping stone towards gaining HCE. This plan may take a little longer than you hoped (I would estimate 2 years minimum), however, it will pay off. You could graduate in May, start you job in the lab, sign up for an EMT course, become EMT certified, and be hired in EMS by the end of 2018. Then work for a year (~2,000 hours of HCE) and apply in 2020.
  9. What would you do differently? How would you manage your time 6-months prior to applying?
  10. My biochem class was very ochem based, therefore I do not think I would take both simultaneously. Biochemistry will be super difficult without a good organic chemistry understanding!
  11. I am considering purchasing that book (unless @OneDayPA-C is willing to mail it to me!). @ChristineQLe did you find that the book saved you time searching program's websites? I would love to find an accurate resource that outlines details like GPA and GRE stats, since often those details are not readily found online.
  12. It will depend on the schools you apply to. I used to work in a similar position and I emailed programs I am intersted in to aks if my job would count towards PCE. The answer was no because I did not interact with patients. Obviously there is a big financial aspect to this, but I took the pay cut in order to persue my dreams. Starting figuring out where you might apply and see what sort of PCE you need.
  13. I know you put a lot of effort into this year's application and its hard to be facing possible rejection. Start reaching out to schools that have rejected you for feedback to get a sense of what you lack. You sound like a solid candidate, but perhaps need something to help you stand out. Re-examine your personal statement, keep gaining PCE, and retake any courses you have a C (or lower) in. Prior to applying did you look at the stats of average matriculants to the schools you applied to? Did you include some safety schools? Try not to stress too much and enjoy your senior year. I also did not get into a graduate program when I applied senior year and though I was devastated at the time, it was the best thing that could happen to me. I am in a much better place now, as an individual and as an applicant, and feel more confident in myself and my goals. Try to stay positive... there is still hope for an interview!
  14. It is wonderful that you are trying to plan ahead! You will find as you begin college your interests may change or shift. I entered college certain I wanted to major in biology but graduated with a degree in biochemistry. My boyfriend started as a business major, switched to journalism, and ended with a degree in government. Freshman year you could take introduction to biology and introduction to psychology in order to get a feel for which fits you better. Do not get too stressed out about planning every semester just yet. Physics is not a course to fear! With a good professor, you may find you enjoy it. A degree in psychology can lead to a variety of employment, including social work or PR. When you graduate you will also find that you can be hired for positions that you do not hold a super relevant degree in. For example, my friend has a bachelor's in engineering and works for Goldman Sachs, an investment banking company. Try to enjoy your last year of high school and worry about finding your major when you have more information.
  15. Where do you want to end up after school? It will be harder (but not impossible) to makes connections and ultimately get a job in a state diferent than the one you attend school in. I would also heavily weigh cost vs reputation (i.e. provisional status). Are you okay with a larger amount of debt in exchange for more assurance of a job post-graduation? Finally, where do you see yourself being most sucessul as a student?