Undergraduate education: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Overall GPA: 3.8
Science GPA: 3.7
Total HCE hours: 250
Total PCE hours: 4500 (MA and scribe)
Shadowing hours: 1000
Other volunteer hours: 320
LORs: 3 (1 PA, 2 physicians)
How many times did you apply?: 2
Age: 24 (by the time I start)
How many programs did you apply to? 5
How many programs did you interview with and what were the outcomes? so far, 2. Accepted from one, waiting on the other.
Where will you be attending? Not sure yet, but somewhere in Georgia!
Any red flags on your application? I still have a prerequisite to complete. The first time I applied, I asked a PA who I only shadowed ONCE to write me a letter and that was a mistake.
Anything you found surprising about interviews? My interviewers were surprisingly super warm and they made me feel really comfortable! They just wanted to get to know me rather than "grill me" with hard questions.
Were there any helpful resources (books, websites, apps) you used to get through prerequisite courses, the application or interview process? I read "how to get into PA school" by Andrew Rodican. (Affiliate Link)
Any other advice for other pre-PA students? Have patience! Good things happen when the time is right. Don't lose focus and don't give up if this is something you really want! Form good relationships with the PA's/Doctors you shadow and work with because your recommendation letters really matter! DM me if you have any questions!
Where can we find you? @tarika03 on instagram!
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