While I don’t consider myself a pre-PA account, I get tons of questions about how I’ve gotten here.
My Path to PA
In high school I got pretty good grades and was active in extracurriculars. My Senior year I enrolled in post-secondary education which meant I could go to college full time instead of high school. I took many of my intro classes during this year at the local university and when I finally entered college “for real” I was technically a sophomore in credits. At this time I was a pre-law political science major.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When it came time to graduate high school, I decided on a university about 4 hours away from home. I remained pre-law until my (actual) sophomore year when that pesky little voice in the back of my mind all these years was no longer ignorable. While studying for the LSAT I dropped everything and switched to pre-medicine.
I finished college a couple of years later with a bachelors in biology and all of my pre-PA recommendations fulfilled.
My GPA was pretty good and my science GPA was even better ( I did have a C in GenChemI, it wasn’t all rainbows). I worked as a patient care technician on an orthopedic surgery floor at a local hospital for patient care hours and was pretty active on campus. Then I shadowed local PAs in many specialties including my sister-in-law who was the first PA I had ever met!
I applied to 5 schools and heard of my acceptance to the first before the others were even interviewing. I am a “let’s just get this done” type of personality. So I chose that first school which started about 8 months before the other 4! And I didn’t go to any of the other interviews and started PA school in January of the following year. Oh ya… in between there was a cross country move with my husband (then boyfriend) from Ohio to Miami! (Luckily I had a couple of months to get the full Miami experience before school started.)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To be continued…