dendritic Posted November 5, 2015 Share Posted November 5, 2015 My first two and a half years at my University was completing the pre-requisite courses for Pharmacy while doing a few extracurricular activities such as research assistant, tutor, and couple volunteer opportunities. For the other half of my third year, I wanted to try Engineering, so I went for a Computer Science curriculum and here I am now, my first semester as a fourth year that dropped out of Engineering during the middle of the semester. I have been going through depression and trying to figure out what it is exactly that I want to do. I have even considered listing in the military or simply just drop out of college. After some time, my goal now is to complete my Biological Sciences major, finish my remaining pre-requisites for PA, and graduate at December 2016. Pharmacy school was initially my goal as a Freshman, but this was something my parents wanted me to get into and I was never really interested in Pharmacy. So, why PA school? I don't think I can properly answer this yet.. But here's what I think: Since I can comprehend science classes (Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry) much better than the rigorous Computer Science courses, I feel satisfied. Therefore, I can use them for any applications confidently, which would make me much more happier. If I'm happy, then I can make my patients happy. If I'm a Software Engineer who is not happy, then my co-workers and customers would not be happy. But that still does not justify why I am choosing PA over Pharmacy, so my answer is not complete yet. But let's say that I found my answer and I am 100% determined to enroll into PA school.. My main reason for posting this thread is to ask: Do I have any chances of enrolling into PA School after applying for Fall 2018? Here's my plan for right now: My anticipated entry date to PA school is Fall 2018 *I am a student at an EMT course right now. After completion (end of January - start of Fall semester), I plan to work part-time for the remaining Fall Semester, then work full-time over Summer. Then, continue working part-time for Spring Semester, graduate with Biological Sciences major, and then work as a full-time EMT until entry. *I am going through few volunteer opportunities at hospitals right now. I will definitely participate in much more volunteer activities in the future. *I will be shadowing a PA next Friday (once every week) **My GPA is 3.79, but it has been nearly a year since I have taken any science classes (PA schools require that you still have those science classes fresh in your mind, so time is really important) **I am an Honor's Student who is currently looking for research opportunities so I could graduate with Honor's. (I'm considering dropping out of Honor's if it's not worth my time, but I guess it may help me stand out, so I'm still debating.) In summary: Possible 1-2 years of HCE as an EMT before applying PA Shadowing opportunities available for me Shadowed a Clinical Pharmacist via Telemedicine Participation in many volunteer activities 1 year of research experience for development of vaccine for treatment of cancerous cells Peer-Leader and Tutor for Chemistry Possible Honor's student graduate with additional research experience Good GPA (3.79+) and GRE score (not taken yet) I think that's all I have planned for now. Will this work out? Usually, applicants have 4+ years of HCE which really worries me. I wouldn't mind taking more gap years and apply for Fall 2020, but again, the PA schools around my area require that I still have these science classes fresh in my head. Any additional advices would be greatly appreciate. Thank you. And also thank you for taking the time to read my long post. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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