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  1. I also considered the length of school (I wanted 24 months), at least 2 elective rotations, PANCE rate, curriculum, whether it’s on a school campus or has its own building/space, and of course, the vibes I got during my interview.
  2. It looks like someone edited/commented on your essay. Do you know what the highlighted sections mean?
  3. Maybe it's the wording that sounds familiar or the way you write (showing vs telling), but our content is totally different from each other. If someone else were to read both of ours, I don't think it would be similar. So no need to worry! I know it's not easy to try to stand out, and sometimes it's stressful just thinking about it, but at the end of the day you just have to be proud of and confident in what you write. If you want to include the good judgment example, I would reword it. It comes off a little bit argumentative in the wrong way.
  4. Double check with the schools that you are apply to that they do not require a letter of rec from an academic person. Some programs don't require one, but I believe the majority do. If you're worried about your stats, apply to holistic programs as they won't focus on the academic portion of your application. Make sure your personal statement is about WHY YOU and WHY PA. Don't list the duties of a PA or the duties of a position you held. Show, don't tell. Be concise! Make sure you have stellar letter of recs as well. Best of luck!
  5. Your personal statement has a really good flow! It's easy to read, and most importantly, it's easy to understand why you want to be a PA. Some of the things you said sounded familiar to me before I realized it was kind of how my own personal statement was laid out! Haha. My only suggestions would be to tweak some of your wording/phrases, combine some paragraphs, and tie in your intro with your conclusion to make everything more solid. I'm iffy on the paragraph about the patient with low blood pressure, but you can keep it in if you feel like it's pertinent. Overall, nice job!
  6. Try using different words/phrases or removing extraneous wording to cut down on the character limit. For example, in your fourth paragraph: "I was fortunate enough to work as a patient care technician (PCT) where..." --> As a patient care technician (PCT) I learned how to multi-task and become more organized... "...ensuring that they were safe and taken care of." --> ensuring their safety and care. " hinder me from my goal and aspiration of becoming a physician assistant." --> hinder me from my goal of becoming a PA. "Instead of giving up, I have continued to learn from my mistakes and experiences and matured overall by taking the time to prioritize my tasks and improving my time management skills which are demonstrated in my recent grades." --> With perseverance, I continue...overall matured through time-management and prioritizing my tasks, as demonstrated...
  7. The first two sentences of your narrative are confusing. I wasn't sure if you were already a PA tbh until I read the prompt. You can start your conclusion with that first sentence. I would take out the sentences about the business major.. maybe even about your shadowing experiences with the non-PA people. That can be discussed during the interview if they ask a question about looking into other professions. "My academic record encouraged me to trust that I would be able to succeed in whichever path way I chose " -- comes off arrogant. You don't need this sentence in your narrative since the adcoms will see your transcripts anyway. "Knowing that I would likely enjoy any career in medicine, I ultimately chose PA due to the higher job satisfaction that lacked in other careers...." -- I would take this out too. "Now while working full-time, I continue to shadow on weekends and nights in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and orthopedics. I also continue my regular visits to volunteer at a senior living home where I organize events such as BINGO or ice-cream socials with residents." -- this can be reflected in your resume. No need to put it in your narrative if you're not going to expand on them. Above are my suggestions for edit. Stray away from adding things that can just be summarized in your resume/CV. Your personal statement is your chance to highlight qualities that are not shown in your transcripts, resume, LOR, etc. Expand on 1-2 experiences with a patient or a PA to highlight WHY YOU and WHY PA. Be specific and for the most part, just focus on the PA profession.
  8. As a reader, your narrative seems superficial in that it doesn't go into depth of who you are and why the PA profession is for you. Your third paragraph can easily be descriptive of a nurse practitioner, or really any clinician that wants their patient to live a healthier life. You can shorten the paragraphs about Robert and even make it into one paragraph to give you more writing space. There's grammatical errors in your paragraph about Olivia and the paragraph can be more concise. As for your conclusion, I would stray away from making a negative comparison between EMS and MA.
  9. If you think you'd benefit from a gap year, then you should do it. I took one official gap year (which turned into two because of applying/interviewing) and I would not have had it any other way. I pretty much had my life planned out but then I went into existential crisis mode before I graduated undergrad, so I knew I wasn't going to apply straight out of college. I did my own thing during the gap years, worked, traveled and had adventures, and overall gained life experience. One of the adcoms told me during one of my interviews that my life experiences reflected my responses and overall showed wisdom and maturity at a young age. It can be the same for you. If you're also feeling burnt out from school, take the gap year. With your stats and already accrued hours, I think you should be fine for next year. Best of luck!
  10. I think mine was like ~3000 characters, more or less. As long as you are getting your points across, I don't think you have to use the max characters. Keep it concise and straight to the point and readers will be relieved to not read a super long narrative.
  11. So far, it is reading pretty average. Your goal in writing your personal statement is to show off why you would be a good fit/PA applicant and a future PA. I got that you understood what a PA does, but I think it needs more specificity of why PA. And also, why you. In your paragraph about your shadowing experiences, I think it'd be beneficial if you focused on one experience with one of the PAs and be more personal about it vs generalizing what you saw and rehashing what a PA's duties are. Same thing with your PCT job, give an example and be personal about it. As stated above, I would take out the third paragraph... Maybe even the global brigades paragraph. In a way, I felt like the second half of your narrative could just be written in your resume/CV. Work on your transitions between topics/stories so you can have a better flow throughout your essay. It can be easier to find flow if you choose 1-2 themes and work your experiences/stories/whatever else around them.
  12. Your stats seem to be good enough to get an interview, but there's no harm in accruing more pce hours. Maybe look for another pce experience? You can shadow a variety of PAs of different specialties if you want -- I applied with only 28 hours of shadowing and have gotten acceptances. Since you have gotten one interview in the past cycle, try working on your interviewing skills. Make sure your responses are tailored around your experiences (patient care, PA shadowing, medical mission trips, etc) so that it will be unique and original. I prepped for my interviews with "How to Ace the Physician Assistant School Interview" by Andrew Rodican and it was super helpful. And as others have said, make sure your personal statement and LORs are stellar and gives an awesome picture of who you are as a person, as an applicant, and as a future PA. Good luck!
  13. It sounds like you have a lot of PA interactions which is good! With that said, a large part of your narrative were descriptions of your encounters with them. Those PA shadowing experiences can be summarized in your resume/CV. Your personal statement can be an extension of your resume but in more telling details. For example, in your resume you can briefly describe your overall experience/what you learned during the shadowing experience, but in your essay you can focus on a single patient or a single moment of the PA that made you excited about the PA profession. You obviously know what PAs do and so do the adcoms. Use your essay to highlight and specify why the PA profession is for you (but don't relay the duties of a PA but more so, the qualities). Why are you a good fit for the program that you're applying to? Why should they choose you? How has your patient care experience shaped you or prepared you to become a PA? If you have any questions or need more guidance/clarification, feel free to message me! Best of luck!
  14. I did not get a lot about who you are as a person and as an applicant. It sounds like you started to learn/appreciate from your job when you actually did your job (not to be harsh). I would not highlight your complacency and overall attitude of your job as an athletic trainer/physician extender, although I'm not really sure what your job role was... It takes a big chunk of your personal statement when you should focus on experiences that were more positive and more telling of who you are. I would nix the second paragraph and cut down on the third paragraph. Pick another patient example or PA interaction example that highlights some qualities like compassion, patient advocacy, etc to make your narrative more substantial. I really like your introduction and the last sentence of your conclusion as it seems more personal and relatable. As for the "meat" of your essay, be specific about why PA (and not any other health professions) and why you. Best of luck!
  15. I'm starting PA school soon and will be heavily relying on student loans for the next two years. Honestly, you just got to live with the debt. It is/will be your reality. I still have TONS of student debt from undergrad, but knowing that I'll be a PA soon with a better income I am not too too worried. I am aware though of how much student loans I'll be taking out (and accumulating on top of undergrad debt) so I am/will be cognizant of how my money will be spent. Buy things second-hand, try to move in a cheaper area (during school and when you graduate), consider roommates, and have a budget plan. Do you NEED this or do you just WANT it? As long as you're aware of your lifestyle and the debt you're taking on, it's a step towards the right direction. Just have a game plan for the next few years. Have monetary goals to motivate how you spend money right now. I hope to pay off all of my student debt within 10 years and I know I will have to make sacrifices, but in the end it'll be worth the financial freedom (which is pretty motivating). Set yourself up for success and future you will thank you.
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