Undergraduate education: University of Georgia, Dietetics
Overall GPA: 3.68
Science GPA: 3.5
Total HCE hours: 600 Dietetics practicum, Athens Pregnancy Center Nutrition Mentor and Medical Camp Counselor
Total PCE hours: 2500 Dietetic Technician and Medical Assistant
Shadowing hours: 90 Dermatology PA
Other volunteer hours: 200 Habitat for Humanity and church mission trips
LORs: Physician (from work), NP (from work), Pharmacist (Medical Mentor)
How many times did you apply?: 2 times
How many programs did you apply to? 6 programs this cycle. 3 last cycle.
How many programs did you interview with and what were the outcomes?
3 invites so far
I chose to commit to North Greenville University. I was one of two students offered a seat in the program immediately following the interview. This is a fairly new program, but after meeting with the staff and current students, I knew it was the place for me.
Last cycle: one interview, one waitlist.
Any red flags on your application?
Low GRE score.
Anything you found surprising about interviews?
I was surprised by the low key and relaxed nature of the interview! I was surprised by the questions asked during MMI but overall, I could sense that the questions were meant to show how I problem solve rather than the answer itself.
Were there any helpful resources (books, websites, apps) you used to get through prerequisite courses, the application or interview process?
My medical mentor was absolutely vital in writing and editing my personal statement! Once I landed the interview, I began reading the PA Interview Guide - it was such a huge help in calming my nerves! It opened my eyes to see that programs are inviting me because I am qualified - the interview is a way to show them my personality!
Any other advice for other pre-PA students?
Don't be afraid to reach out for help. Stay true to yourself throughout the process! If there's something you're passionate about, stick to it. Use it as an opportunity to find where you belong as a future PA.
Always tell a story when answering an interview question. Any speaking opportunity is a chance to let your personality shine!
If you're a applicant, try not to take it personally! Reach out to other current PA-S, Pre-PAs and PA-C for advice. You'll be surprised just how willing our little community is to support one another. Find out where you can improve your personal statement, PCE/HCE, or interview style. Show these programs how resilient you are!
Where can we find you?
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