Many who have traversed the PA school path will tell you it is the toughest journey they’ve experienced. I tend to agree. The hours are rough, constant stress of studying and excelling on the grueling exams, juggling your physical health, your mental health, maintaining social contacts, while cooking, cleaning and being a citizen of the society is what makes it so challenging. But before the prospective PA student gets to PA school, he/she must overcome the obstacle of being accepted to PA school, a similarly difficult task. PA school admissions have become extremely selective over the last decade for multiple reasons.Read More
A supplemental application request is certainly a positive sign that the prospective program is interested in knowing the applicant. While the context of a supplemental application varies widely, the basis is the same; a deeper understanding of the applicant. This is the perfect moment to take advantage and showcase your character depth to the programs.Read More
Why do people take a gap year?
A gap year is quite common and taken for a variety of reasons! Some view it as a chance to travel, some have a chance to increase experience hours, some for personal reasons and some for financial reasons. Whatever your reason, be sure to evaluate both the pros and cons of your decision.Read More
During last year’s application cycle, we reviewed a personal statement that captured resiliency and overcoming obstacles no matter what the odds were. That personal statement belonged to William D’Antonio. William is our former client from last year’s application cycle, who is originally from NYC, studied in Texas and is now a brand new PA-S! After a rollercoaster ride of an application cycle, he has been accepted to one of his top choices and is preparing to start PA school this fall. William has been kind enough to share his story to empower other Pre-PA’s that are now in his shoes. Here is his story. Congrats William and we wish you the best of luck on your journey!Read More
Now that you have all of your prerequisites, health care and patient care hours, extracurricular activities, standardized tests in order, you are finally ready to apply to PA school. This is a monumental moment. Take it in. The next step is to determine which schools you want to apply to. Deciding where to apply to PA school is a very personal decision that is dependent on your values, goals and interests. There is certainly a lot to consider and plenty of information to help you deduce your choices. However, it all begins with introspection. This is a 2-3 year commitment on your future life and should be chosen carefully in order to avoid future troubles. Here are some ideas that will help you decide.Read More
PA school, or any school for that matter, can be very stressful. Stress turns into anxiety which can be crippling and have a negative impact on your schoolwork as well as your personal life and well being. I myself struggled a great deal with stress management and anxiety throughout a good amount of PA school until I was able to take a step back and use coping mechanisms.Read More
It's 2019! Winter break is over and it's time to gear up for spring 2019. For some of you it's your first spring semester, for others your very last. Either way, it marks the beginning of a brand new semester of a brand new year! It gives you chance to start anew from the Fall semester. Here are a few tips to help you succeed!
During the application season, Rachel and I read dozens of personal statements and what we’ve noticed through them all is that everyone has their unique stories, their creative plans and paths towards becoming a PA. Of them all, one of the most intriguing, inspiring stories I read was of Adriana. Adriana is a dreamer, a genuine optimist and she is the epitome of the ‘American Dream’. As an immigrant myself, I found her relatable given her stories and her hardships. The fact that she was relatable was the strength of her application. She was one of our first clients (comprehensive package) when we started the website in April 2018 and this is her journey through the application cycle and eventual acceptance!!Read More
Hello! I’m Melody, an Urgent Care and Family Medicine PA. I applied to one school during the CASPA cycle & got accepted on my first try. This was a bit of luck and a whole LOT of hard work. In this blog, I recap 9 essential tips for PrePAs. This is by no means an all-inclusive list and as always take as much or as little as you need! A special thank you to Aakash & Rachel for letting me write this for their blog.Read More
It was the first semester of PA school, I was struggling and all my friends were killing it. I just didn’t get it. Why was I struggling? No matter how much I studied, I would barely meet my targets. Sure, now that I look back at it, it’s clear. I did not know how to study! That was something that I could fix easily, however what wasn’t easy was the constant comparisons I used to make in my head. “I studied 14 hours, he only studied 3 hours and he got an A?? Life is unfair”. Have you had this thought before?Read More