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    Rocky Vista 2018-2019 Application Cycle

    @Maidmer did they give any more specifics on when we might be hearing back about acceptances?
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    Interview Attire (women)

    Would 3 inch heels be considered to 'high' or unprofessional for an interview? I have no problem walking in heels and definitely prefer to wear them, I just don't want to stand out in a bad way. Personally, I'm not a fan of how kitten heels look on me, and I read online that 3 inch heels is usually acceptable in general workplaces-just wondering if this corresponds to interviews as well. Thanks!! Here are the heels I was thinking of getting.
  3. Hi everyone. I know this might be a silly question, but I was wondering if it is acceptable/still considered professional to wear a suit jacket that isn't buttoned to an interview. I am a female, if that makes a difference. I have been (overly) stressing about my outfit, and feel so uncomfortable with my suit jacket buttoned. But obviously I would do whatever is considered more professional. Thank you!!
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    I would definitely wait until April to apply. It's very late in the application season, so unless you only applied to non-rolling admission schools, your application likely wouldn't even be looked at (and sometimes non-rolling admission schools start reviewing applications before the deadline). I have a gpa similar to yours. Since we are on the lower end of the spectrum, you definitely will want to get more PCE hours before applying. I recommend you work on that from now until April so you can try and shoot for >1000. 300 hours is very low, as most schools will require a minimum of 500. Also, it wouldn't hurt to continue getting more shadowing hours. Typically a GRE score of 300 or greater is all you need, but since you have a lower GPA you might consider retaking it for a higher score (although that's less important). I really hope I didn't discourage you, just trying to save you a little money as this process is extremely expensive! If you continue to work on improving your application until next April and apply EARLY (end of May, early June) I think you will be in a much better position in terms of getting interviews ? Good luck!!
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    Rocky Vista 2018-2019 Application Cycle

    I'm also interviewing Nov 1st in the AM slot! I will DM you my number ?
  6. paPassion7

    2018-2019 Cycle

    No, I did not have an interview. I applied pretty late in the cycle, so I don't think that helped any. The email also stated they had over 900 applicants this year
  7. paPassion7

    "Tell me about yourself"

    @rev ronin Do you recommend focusing on explaining your experiences, education, and other activities related to preparing for applying to PA school? Or should I talk more about my family, my likes and interests outside of medicine, etc. Maybe a bit of both? Thanks!!
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    2018-2019 Cycle

    I received my rejection this afternoon. The email I got stated "we have closed our interview process for this cycle and we are unable to offer you a position in our next class." Good luck everyone
  9. paPassion7

    Am I good enough

    Don't give up just yet. My GPA is not a strength in my application (3.3), but I have a lot of other experiences and strengths within my application. Many PA programs truly do a holistic review of your application, meaning you won't be cut immediately due to a below average GPA. If you have a large amount of PCE, shadowing, great letters of rec, and a killer PS, that will make a huge difference. This is my first cycle applying and I have received an interview coming up in Nov. Although that is by no means an acceptance, it gives me confidence that schools will still consider a non-4.0 student. Before getting an interview I felt the exact same way as you. One of the most important things I've learned through applying so far is having confidence in yourself. If you don't think you can do this, how can you convenience a PA program that you're up to it? I truly believe I can do this, and I think I made that clear in my personal statement and supplemental applications. I think that is what landed me an interview. Work your butt of in your classes these last few semesters, and continue to get PCE, shadow experience. Write an awesome personal statement and get letters of rec from professionals who truly know you and believe in you. Commit to yourself and this dream and you can still get there, even with a gpa lower than a 3.5.
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    Rocky Vista 2018-2019 Application Cycle

    To any of you who are interviewing in an AM session, when scheduling the interview via the myvista portal, the AM time said 8am. However, the follow-up email I received confirming my time said to be at campus no later than 7am. Is this what others have gotten as well? I just want to make sure I have the times right. Thanks! and good luck ?
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    First interview, accepted?

    Good luck, I'm hoping for the best for you!! I bought "How to Ace the Physician Assistant School Interview" and have been reading that book and taking notes on the advice it gives. I also am making lists of my strengths, weaknesses, personal qualities, etc. I have two mock interviews set up with a physician I work with, as well as one of my professors. I am also shadowing a PA next week, and I'm going to bring a list of questions I have for her. Finally, I gave my roommate and other friends a list of common questions that are asked at interviews, and I have them randomly ask me questions/catch me off guard with them to help me think on my toes. You're not alone in feeling uncertain and nervous, but I will be rooting for you on Thursday! Oh, and I've been reading the programs website at least once EVERYDAY to get a better understand of their program/values/what they're looking for. Everyday I find a tidbit of information I overlooked before.
  12. paPassion7

    First interview, accepted?

    @UGoLong @SPLopez11 thank you both SO much for your encouraging words! It's nice to get a perspective from people who have been through this process. I will take your words to heart while prepping and while I'm at the interview.
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    First interview, accepted?

    Thank you for your reply! What helped you feel more confident going into your first interview? I have never interviewed in such a formal setting before, so I just don't want to let my nerves take over.
  14. Hi everyone! I have my first interview coming up, and I was wondering if there was anyone who only interviewed at one school and got accepted? If so, how did you contain your nerves, composure, and confidence throughout the interview? I've read a lot of posts about people continuously improving after each interview they have, but at the moment I only have one scheduled. Any other tips and advice would be greatly appreciated! I've been searching through all the old 'interview' threads, and those have been very helpful. A lot of people have given the advice to not put to much weight into one interview, but being that I only have one scheduled as of now it's kind of hard not to! Thanks!!
  15. paPassion7

    Rocky Vista 2018-2019 Application Cycle

    Thank you! I submitted my CASPA application on 9/18 (verified same day). I submitted my supplemental payment on Monday (10/1)!

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