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
Oh, the feeling when you receive the phone call that you’ve been accepted for PA school! Arguably, one of my most favorite memory. I remember I was in the checkout line at the grocery store to pick up a redbull. I was on my way from my house to the library to study for a biochemistry exam. I picked up the redbull, waited in the line and felt my phone vibrate in my pocket. It was an out of state number. I answered. On the other line was the director of admissions.Read More
Last week, we posted a blog article on the most common PA school admissions questions. We have received ton of feedback on how to tackle some of these questions. So, this week, that is exactly what we will be doing.
It is important to note, that these answers are a blueprint for you. In the sense, try to build up and personalize them to your story, to your journey. As always, if you have questions, feel free to contact us.
Jazmine Kwong is currently a PA-S2 at Western University’s PA program. She has gone through the peaks and troughs of PA school applications, she has gone through trials and tribulations of the didactic year. Here are some of her tips on how to succeed!Read More
We have received quite a few emails and messages over interviews recently, mainly getting over the nervousness before a big interview. It’s understandable. All of you have poured time, sweat, energy, maybe some tears to get to this place, to get to this scenario. You have taken time away from your family, friends, taken detours in life to achieve the goal of becoming a PA. It takes hard work and tenacity to get here. We get it. But, the goal isn’t to get interviews, the goal is to be admitted. Admittedly, the stakes are high and it is absolutely understandable that you feel nervous to get over the last hurdle between you and your future as a medical provider. Let’s go over how to reduce the stress and anxiety, get you excited for the interviews, change your perspective and give you the tools to excel at interviews.Read More
After months of building up your application, weeks of perfecting your personal statement and endless days of awaiting responses from programs, you've been invited to an interview! Congratulations! You're one step closer to being accepted. You now have approximately 1 in 3 chances of being accepted after being invited to an interview. This is crunch time. One step closer to your dream. Are you ready to walk through the doors and demonstrate your best self?
An interview is just that. You are promoting yourself, selling yourself to the interviewer. These are the essential tips to make you 1 of the 3.
You’ve made it to the interviews. You arrive to the building dressed impeccably, prepared for the interview, sit at a table with several other candidates. You begin conversing with other candidates and find that the person sitting next to you has the exact same credentials as you, highly regarded recommendations, same GPA, same GRE scores. You doubt yourself whether you’re qualified enough.
You will find that most of your co-applicants are very similar in terms of applications. What sets you apart, however, are your qualities that cannot be articulated on paper. These are those 3 qualities that will set you apart from that candidate.Read More
In terms of applications, most applicants appear nearly similar on paper. They all have high GPAs, lengthy extracurricular activities, numerous patient care hours and solid recommendation letters. When schools are going over these applications, things begin to blur. This is where your essay comes in. You must stand out. These are the 10 ways to create a great personal statement, which will make you stand out.Read More
Admittedly, asking for recommendation letters can be a daunting task and quite frankly, a bit awkward, like asking your crush out to prom. After the personal statement, recommendation letters are arguably one of the most important facets of your application. Throughout your application process, all you do is advertise yourself in good light. This is finally a chance for somebody else to promote you. Choose carefully.Read More
It is officially CASPA season. Before you start freaking out, realize that today is the first day, NOT the only day. Methodically and logically plan out your target schools, gather all the information necessary, organize and send it out. Most of the anxiety, I’ve found, comes from being unorganized. Have a spreadsheet, to-do list and mainly, your sanity and all will be well. Breathe in, breathe out and CASPA on.Read More