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Tense is really up to you -- most people use past tense for introduction as many applicants will begin with a story. For my paper, I used past tense for the intro and a good portion of the body, wrote in present tense if relating anything to my current work and future tense for how I would be a good potential PA one day. It's really up to you, though, and whatever sounds best for the flow of your paper.


You should be writing in first person for the bulk of your paper as it is a personal statement -- aka your story of what led you to pursue this profession.

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