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hmtpnw last won the day on October 19 2018

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  1. I moved across the country for PA school a few months ago and signed my 16 month lease sight unseen. This was a risk, but I reached out to some students in the area and asked about the neighborhood, rental company, safety, etc. I also asked for lots of photos of the actual unit. I felt like I had a good idea of what I was getting myself into and took a leap of faith. Obviously every situation is different, but it worked out very well for me and I love my place. It is perfect and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
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    GRE scores

    This is program specific. Some schools specify percentiles, other have score minimums, others don't have minimums at all. Some just list "preferences" with no hard cut-offs. There is a lot of variance. You will have to look into the programs that you are interested in to determine if it will be an issue.
  3. If you think you can retake the GRE and get a better score, I would. In terms of how many schools to apply to, I would probably consider somewhere around 12 given your stats. GPA is good, but clinical experience is on the low side and GRE is borderline.
  4. Supplementals weren't sent out until July last year. I wouldn't expect them much earlier than that!
  5. I would just put down the general number for the store and the name of whoever your supervisor was. That is the most accurate information, even if that person is no longer employed there. Realistically, no one will check this and it is a non-issue.
  6. I included my ~10 years of food service experience in CASPA and it ultimately came up in interviews. I connected with my interviewer about his background in the industry. He said that out of all of his experiences, waiting tables and bartending best prepared him for navigating the fast-paced flow of a hospital/ER. You never know what will resonate with someone reading your application. Include anything that better prepared you for a future in medicine, even if those things feel slightly less relevant than your clinical experiences.
  7. I think you have a solid chance of > 305 and potentially 310. I took the MP free practice about a week before my test and got almost the same score. You seem on track to do well. Don't stress. Just do your best.
  8. I think you are overthinking this. Applying a couple of weeks after CASPA opens will not play any significant role in the outcome of your cycle. You will still be applying very early.
  9. Thanks for the shoutout
  10. Hmm. This is good to know! All of the OOS schools I picked didn’t show any preference towards residents, but it sounds like that may have just been coincidental.
  11. Most PA schools don't give preference to in-state applicants. Some do though. The only way to find out is to look at a school's website. They usually state if they prefer residents of a certain state or region. Also, your stats are similar to mine and I received interviews at Duke, Baylor, and Pacific. You are probably a good candidate for any of those programs.
  12. You can submit your application to programs that require the GRE prior to taking it. Your application will be considered incomplete until they receive your GRE score so they won't start reviewing things until after you send them.
  13. Personally, I don't find this essay particularly compelling. I know the poster above liked it, which is awesome. The thing about asking for feedback from so many people is that you will get different perspectives, which can be confusing. For me, I feel like there are issues with flow and organization throughout. Mostly, this is because you have parsed your ideas up into short paragraphs and you don't tie your experiences and reflections together. You don't fully expand on your ideas in the places that you should. There is also no real theme in your essay to tie your ideas together. These things have resulted in an essay that's a bit scattered and challenging to read. A couple of other things: Skip the quote. It's a general rule of thumb not to use quotes in your PS. Really work on your transitions. Tie your answer to the prompt to specific experiences. Finetune your grammar and word choice. It's lacking in some spots. I made more detailed comments on a google doc here that may help you address some of the issues above: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13lnHQk_5qED_COWmgMu2nmXKCe2vtDXe4Y_N4pjKx2g/edit?usp=sharing If you need additional help, reach out. I have a personal statement editing service as well where I give more detailed feedback. Either way, good luck with the writing process. Keep at it and things will come together.
  14. This. Address this now. Find a therapist that can help you work through your anxiety. You will thank yourself later.
  15. You can apply to additional programs after your application is verified and update your grades, but CASPA will not recalculate your GPA.
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