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  1. Hello, My program has our last quarter between my longest break in my curriculum, and my first rotation. This break is slowly creeping up on me soon so I was wondering what anyone suggested students should do during this break in terms of clinicals? Since it's three weeks, should we be preparing more than resting? I was going to do some major wedding planning before getting back in but is there anything else rotation related I should take into consideration, knowing the only other break is only a week long prior to my first site? Thanks
  2. I appreciate all the helpful responses I received on this thread. As a follow up question as I'm well into didactic now, when does anyone suppose is the right time to legally change my name before graduating? I heard getting your name changed to your married name is hard to do once you've finished your program. What's the timeline on that suppose to look like? And silly question but, am I to change my name for my degree, PANCE registration, and license? Thanks again!
  3. Hello! I promise there's a purpose to this question (and why I'm asking it during didactic) that I would've normally liked to disclose but will not, in case of accidental classmate run-ins on this forum. How does the class dynamic change, if at all, during clinical rotations? I know we won't be seeing each other as much, for over a year. Would anyone say that they grew distant to their friend group or no longer really remained friends? I'm assuming afterwards there's only graduation to come back to so, how does second year affect classmates/colleagues interaction made during didactic? Thanks!
  4. I just received an interview invite today & I applied in July as well. This was the first time they contacted me since submitting my application.
  5. I agree! I was rejected as well and I didn't perceive it as my application wasn't looked at, at all. They probably put in the "minimum requirements" statement as a reminder for the next cycle, not a blow to your application.
  6. Keep in mind that CASPA will transfer over most inputted information except letters of recommendations (and maybe personal statement?), each year. Personally, I filled out CASPA a couple months before what is considered to be an "early" date to submit and I felt just fine about everything, so to each their own. One thing I would suggest doing ahead of time is manually inputting all prerequisites required unless you'll choose to pay and have that done for you (that was one of the first things I did carefully and had no issues and paid no extra money). Nothing impeded me personally by doing it only a couple months in advance---just make sure to keep your future recommenders in mind or let them know that you'll be needing a letter from them, preferably somewhere in writing where they can respond "yes or no" and you can provide them with that proof when time comes to ask for it. That was probably the biggest pain, if you ask me.
  7. If I could offer my opinion, I feel that applications are all about balance. I personally did not have a good GRE score at all but I had a good GPA and I received quite a bit of interviews and two acceptances---with about the same PCE and less shadowing hours! Unfortunately a lot of schools do place some emphasis on numbers so if you can admit to yourself that one area may be lower, try to balance that with higher numbers elsewhere. If GRE is not in your future plan and your PCE was perhaps gained in one area, consider diversifying your experience elsewhere. Don't overlook extra letters of recommendations (maybe from your plethora of leadership experience), you never know how many programs look past those essential three. Also never be shy with what makes you different, I brought up almost every distinctive quality my life offered me somewhere in my application!
  8. Involving admin and taking their advice into consideration sounds like a great idea! If I do mine during didactic, I would certainly plan it towards a specific break, not in the middle of anything important and same would apply for clinical year. Thank you!
  9. I received a conditional acceptance today as well!! Congrats to the others who did, I guess they're filling seats now!
  10. They're going to wait if they are requiring three. This also makes it an even playing field for all applicants.
  11. I've heard this said in other groups and I've definitely thought of it myself and I say this with good intentions; I don't think it's a good idea to post your work and your story on platforms where the honor system isn't adequately upheld. I suggest finding trustable people to ask or advisors/writing labs/tutors from institutes or services like mentioned above for specific advice without worrying about the ill intentions of others. You never want your own narrative and work to be used in anyway without you knowing---I'd stick with asking general formatting questions if I were in your position.
  12. Schools will only begin viewing your application when you're completely verified by CASPA. Two letters are required to begin your verification process meaning you cannot go back and edit anything--everything you have filled out will be set in stone for schools to see. So when two are submitted, one recommender can still be pending and send it when they can without delaying your application process. At the end of it, programs want to see three altogether when comes time to review your application in queue.
  13. My school gave us modules and told us to study medical terminology before starting---granted I start in January. They may surprise you in 2021 with recommended subjects, my school is not the first to do so. But if they don't, I'd agree with relaxing. (That's what I would've wanted to do.)
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