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  1. Question for anyone that may know the answer: I just paid my supplemental application fee today (but was verified on CASPA several months ago); will I be too late for the October 1st deadline, even though I received a paypal receipt? I read that it takes a "few days" for them to be notified. If anyone knows please let me know. Hopefully I didn't miss the deadline...eeep!
  2. Has anyone else received an interview invite for subsequent dates (other than March 5th)?
  3. I'm wondering if all acceptances went out today in some form--whether that be via call or email--and those wait listed or denied will be notified Monday
  4. WigginsD, when did you submit your supplemental application?
  5. You really have to have an interest in why and how the human body works and responds and adapts. If it doesn’t excite, medicine might not be the right path. You don’t have to be 100% interested in the nitty-gritty details in your pre-req courses (like the Robinson-Annulation mechanism in organic chem or something else that narrow) but you need to enjoy the rudimentary part of science or the courses you take in PA school will be boring.
  6. Pick whatever major you want. Of course, you need to meet the pre-reqs for the program you’re applying to, so a type of science major will be more conducive to meeting that requirement. But, whatever you’re interested in learning, you should major in that, and everything else will follow.
  7. Really? I called yesterday and they told me they couldn’t change the process at all this year due to their current review. Mmm...
  8. Absolutely disgusting but not surprising. There’s a reoccurring theme with many of these pa programs—money is the top priority to them.
  9. Would you give it up already? This post doesn’t take away from the BS you posted a month ago. Quit saying things that create more animus.
  10. Received it as well. Tbh, the required background check/drug test is morally wrong and should be considered a crime. Why are applicants required to give money and provide detailed personal information when we aren’t even guaranteed an interview? More importantly, they can’t even say with 100% certainty that they will be an accredited program come next year—because it’s contingent upon their review. So, why should applicants have to spend money for something of that matter prior to their program review and a personal interview? not only seems pretty wrong IMO but also a cheap, sad way to take some money. Pity.
  11. Not that it really matters to the subject matter—although it kinda does since we’re on an educated forum—but I think you meant to say “melanin” not melatonin. Big difference btwn the 2
  12. So I assume the answer is no to this, but will programs accept the scores I send to them right after taking the GRE? When I took it, I could choose four schools to send scores to? Will this be accepted even though it is different from the codes that are on CASPA? Or will I have to send them out again with the CASPA specific code? Hope that makes sense.
  13. For me, I was most successful while reading the chapter that was being covered in lecture first--which means I read every single chapter that was covered--but it was veryyyy time consuming. This provided me with a framework of what the chapter was about. I was also actively answering the problems that were provided throughout chapter's sections and would check them with a solution's manual. I would then do the extra practice problems my next study session (usually the next day) that were at the end of the chapter with the solutions guide next to me when I got stuck. I highly encourage that you try to answer the problem the best that you can before checking to see what the answer is. As ppl have stated above me, it really is all about practice. That means doing organic chemistry every day for several hours. Practice practice practice problems. Keep drawing mechanisms until your hand cramps (lol) and try to see the patterns that occur (for example: nucleophile attacks electrophile) This is getting specific but if you can develop an intuition with organic then come exam time it will flow. By that I mean, organic chemistry is like a learning a second language. When you become comfortable with a new language the words just start to flow and there isn't much thought in speaking it and conversing. You can't memorize the language; instead you have to learn it. This might not make any sense, but if you can look at the starting material and just feel what reagents are needed to get the products, then you will be good. I also HIGHLY suggest you chart all the reactions you are exposed to. I divided the reactions up based on chapters because there is a ton of variation and many exceptions. Come exam time, I would have everything compartmentalized so I did not miss any reactions. I also utilized office hours a lot. I would stare at my list of reactions at breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays; this isn't for everyone but it worked for me! Example: starting material --->reagents ---> end product This is a lot of info and as you can tell I enjoyed the class. Taking the course is essentially testing your will to want to succeed. If you put the necessary time in, you will succeed. Organic is not inherently difficult, just a lot of meticulous work required.
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