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  1. One thing you know how to do and excel at is “school”. I’m going to make a few assumptions: -getting great grades is a priority for you -you have good organizational skills -you have good study habits and know how to prioritize You can’t graduate with a 3.9gpa without these skills. Unless chemistry is a huge struggle for you, trust yourself to figure out the balance between school/work. Hang in there!
  2. I would give it a shot. I’d make sure my PS and interview skills are top notch. I’m not saying that because I think your chances are low, but because I think you will get interviews and just be prepared. Then if you don’t get in, well now you have a gap year to get more hours and experiences in.
  3. Congrats! The best thing I purchased were several compression knee high socks for the long days on your feet for rotations. 20-30 mmHg of pressure is the best for me.
  4. I’ve never read nor heard of multiple applications as being detrimental to your chances. Here are a few ideas: Re-evaluate your PS. Make it better/stronger if needed. How many schools did you apply to? Did you choose ones that value your hce more than your gpa? Do you need to apply to more programs to improve your chances? Lastly, and maybe most importantly, how are your interview skills? They need to be rock solid. You had interviews, so you attracted them by your application, but maybe didn’t grab a spot because of a slightly lower performance compared to your peers. Practice interviewing with several people and have them be brutally honest on your strengths and weaknesses. Go through one of those interview books for PA school and get well prepared.
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    In choosing who to ask, just make sure they know you and can write you a good recommendation. If you think they all fit that criteria, then ask them all. I had 5 letters I submitted: 2 medical (MD/PA), 1 Prof, 1 from boss at work, 1 Volunteer coordinator.
  6. Hello- I read your PS a few times. It is written with good grammar, easy flow, easy to understand, but I think it could be much stronger and memorable. Your first 3PP could be condensed into 1-2 PP. Try to highlight your strengths better in each scenario you discuss. Your conclusion should recap your reasons for choosing the PA profession and what you are bringing to the table that would make a program want you.
  7. You are in a good spot -being a sophomore and trying to figure this all out. It is overwhelming, but a few tips may help. Have a clear path of what your next 2-3 years of school will look like. Try to preplan when you will not be as busy, like when you have a semester that is not as difficult as others, and try to rack up the volunteer and shadow hours then. Maybe the summer will be your best time to do this. I would focus the majority of my energy into getting awesome grades. Poor grades in the first years will only make more work for you later on having to retake courses to improve your GPA. You also need to think about working to get hce hours. If you don’t know what this is, do some research and try to figure that out. As for finding someone to shadow, you need to call offices and see if you can shadow there. This can be frustrating because you can get a lot of “no’s”. I found that smaller clinics/dr groups are a little easier to get into than a huge hospital or large dr group. Explain to you contact person clearly why you want to shadow and they may be more supportive of your request.
  8. I asked my people well in advance personally and gave them the approximate date they would be receiving an email for the recommendation. Then after CASPA opened and I submitted the requests for their recommendation, I emailed each of them letting them know they should be receiving a link, and if they didn’t to let me know so I could follow up on this.
  9. Get your personal statement done and get ready to apply this cycle. Good Luck!
  10. I think you need to first figure out what type of healthcare profession you want to pursue. Job shadowing should help you narrow down all the possibilities. Then you need to spend some time researching how to get there. Look at the prerequisites for several programs in the field you want to study. This will give you an idea of how much more schooling you will need to do. Most programs are clear if they accept degrees from other countries - call them if you can’t find that information.
  11. I don’t think it will hurt any. It shows you are still invested in their program. Good luck!
  12. I think you could briefly mention your brother topic, but I wouldn’t use this as the bulk of your paper because it is so long ago and you were so young. I think a topic more relevant to you as an adult will carry much more weight and let your audience see that the adult, mature person you have become has a personality and you have had experiences that make you stand out in your current place in life. As to figuring out a topic, make a list of possible topics, experiences, personal interactions, whatever. See if any stand out as something you can expound on to make a great paper. The topic possibilities are endless, but choosing the right one is so difficult. Good luck!
  13. Having a change of heart is not a failure in my book. Yeah you spent a lot of time and money on a path you are no longer enthusiastic for, but in the end, it’s just that-time and money. If you can find a career that you love for the rest of your working life, I think it is worth it. I would strongly recommend you spend a lot of time shadowing several PAs to make absolute certain you are making a move towards a career that you will love and that you can see yourself doing for many years to come. All careers go through phases of highs and lows, you just have to love what you’re doing enough to stick with it. Best wishes.
  14. You could state that point simply, in a few sentences (2-3), rather than a paragraph. That will give you a lot of space to specify why the PA field is for you.
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