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  1. Hi everybody, A friend of mine is going through PA school and it more or less seems like an impossible curriculum. Various people are crying/breakdown every other day some collapsing in tears in the school. So far, 3 months or so into the program's first year and about 10% of the students left, main factor for all of them being stress from program/grades/mental breakdowns. Is that what all of you went through/are going through? Is this normal? Thanks for the insight!
  2. I'm a first-semester student in a fairly new PA program. I had a 4.0 GPA for all my postbac coursework (40+ credits), but I'm struggling just to keep my head above water. I'm not failing any of my classes, but I'm afraid I might wind up with below the minimum 3.0 GPA this semester and be on probation. My program allows you to be on probation only once during the entire program....if you fall below a 3.0 a second time, you're out. At least, that's the policy as stated in the student handbook. So I'm wondering: if I do wind up on probation, do I cut my losses and leave the program at the end of the semester? If it seems I'm at risk of dropping below a 3.0 a second time and getting booted, this would seem like the best option rather than to waste more time and tens of thousands of dollars. On the other hand, I do know that: 1) other students are struggling with grades, and 2) from all I've read, PA programs will do everything possible to not lose students. Our cohort has already lost two (ostensibly, one for career choice reasons and the other for health reasons) in the first 7 weeks. Can anyone (especially those of you who are done or nearly done) shed any light on this? Thanks!
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