What are Three Things You Wish You Could Say to Your Pre-PA Self?

November 1, 2021



What are Three Things You Wish You Could Say to Your Pre-PA Self
Life is full of choices.

I have collected a few regrets over the years, and if I were a betting man, I would guess you have some as well.

There are all sorts of regrets. It's not important if you choose the wrong entree at a restaurant. It's more nuanced if you don't apply for a summer internship, opt out of a global health trip, and submit your CASPA application weeks after your deadline. Waiting until the last minute. Missed application deadlines, personal statement writing, and so on. There are opportunities for shadowing. etc.

Fear is the main cause of most regrets, it depletes our potential that goes unfulfilled.

My greatest regret as a PA student was not raising my hand more to avoid embarrassment. I was in a room full of PAs and medical students and I was trying to keep my identity hidden, but I was being looked at and waved at by others.

Courage takes a certain level in these instances. There is resilience and self-confidence. I didn't always have that.

If you could go back and speak to a younger version of yourself, what would you do? What would you say?

What are three things you would like to say to your pre-PA self?

What do PAs and PA students say when asked about things they wish they had known?

We asked our community a few questions and here are some of the answers we got. Facebook. And. You can follow the account on social media:.

"Be confident when talking to patients, start studying from the beginning" Dukepa19

When the time is right, you will get in. Stop comparing yourself. You will be a PA! PA_kathryn

It depends on how far back I go, but I think it will all work out better than you could have ever imagined. I am talking to kadieladyy.

You will become a PA. Trust the process. Enjoy your time now.Caitieschwein

"Stressing yourself out is not going to help you" My way is topa.

Experience and time help with confidence. You don't learn everything in a year on a rotation, you learn it in your first year in practice. You need to show your attendance what you can do. Use your skills! Just_a_pa


"Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!" Exercise and eat healthy. Make that mental fortitude! Landry Tucker is a person.


Don't believe the hype and choose the big name school over the cheaper one. Pick the accredited program that will give you the education and degree for less money, because they all have their own issues. Anna Davis is a person.


I would think about it a lot. I have been a PA for 17 years and have been burned out for the past 5. It has perks, but it is very difficult. Donna Marie.

I wish I could say three things to my pre-PA self.

What are three things I wish I could say to my pre-PA self?

I could relate to all of the responses from my PA colleagues. I admit that it was a lot different than it is now. The pop star quality that it enjoys now was not present in the profession.

It's easy to tell a younger version of myself to relax, it will all work out. As a college undergrad, this and all the other "don't worry be happy" commentaries sounded like platitudes. What if it didn't work out? I would not be able to get into PA school. What would happen to my life, my dreams, my student debt?

I wouldn't tell myself to relax or have faith. These are all reasonable goals, but not realistic. A certain level of stress can make you do things, like stop streaming Netflix. Find a PA to watch..

I would say three things to my pre-PA self.

Don't try to be what the ADCOMS want you to be when writing your personal statement.

I was invited to the winter formal in high school. I will call her "Gina" because she is strikingly attractive. Gina was out of my league.

When I arrived at Gina's house, she opened the front door and blew what I can only describe as a cold, harsh draft of disappointment. My friend's dad had a limo rental agency that he used to borrow a black limo for the evening. Gina's parents took a photo of us on the front porch and then we jumped in the limo with all of our friends. It was the first time we had been in a limo and everyone was having a good time, but I felt like I was not being treated fairly. I retreated into a shy and awkward version of myself. Gina was nowhere to be found after 15 minutes after she arrived.

Why am I telling you this? It has a lot to do with. A winning personal statement is written.

Gina was intimidating in her dress, shoes, and standing, but she was still a person with worries and feelings just like me. I feared the result most because of my fear of looking ridiculous. This is what they call a "self-fulfilling prophecy."

I was trapped in an endless feedback loop of self-doubt and preconceptions while I was thinking about my personal statement. Having just read one of Andrew Rodican's classics.The guide is for getting into Physician Assistant School.I had a textbook version of what Andrew told me was needed in a personal essay. This girl seemed way out of my league, like Gina.

I opened my laptop and began writing.

The. I wrote my first statement. It was a dull, tedious essay that required lots of perspiration to write. I would have written a letter to Gina.

Go ahead and read my revised essay. Right now, read it.It required very little sweat equity to be full of inspiration. I was able to write the entire essay in less than an hour. It came from a place of joy, self-confidence, and belief in who I was as a PA school application.

Words are difficult to write when forced, strained or based on the status quo. They are only forced when we use a gatekeeper that is meant to keep the status quo.

Goal setting should be the focus of the comparison. Do not use it as a guide for success.

It is demoralizing to strive for perfection. -Harriet Beraiker

It would be foolish to say that. Don't compare yourself to others.. We do it every day. It's an evolutionary tool that has many ramifications. We model our parents as babies, and this is why I have a huge smile and lots of empathy.

It is just two sides of the same coin. It can make one anorexic. inspiring another to win a gold medal, And. Sometimes it can do both to the same person. There is a right and a wrong side to comparing ourselves to others.

I had a lot of doubts before the PA. I felt like I was failing when I left the pre-med track. I had an appointment with my adviser after I received a "C" in organic chemistry. He questioned my ability to pursue a career in medicine. I felt bad, knowing I had let myself down.

I want to say to young Stephen, "Hey, don't be so hard on yourself." It's hard to believe that I would be where I am today if it weren't for the difficulties.

Setting goals using comparison is a way to do it. If you see that. The average grade point average for a PA. The student needs to maintain a 3.4 grade point average and research all the requirements to get into PA school. The comparison will help you achieve your goals. You don't have to have a 3.4 overall GPA or have an an A. GRE score is outstanding You can set goals that align with your own and use other's achievements as metrics. You can model people who you like. It's ok to set a high bar, but if you don't reach it, don't berate yourself. It won't help the process. Find other ways to excel.

Do at least one thing that scares you.

Courage is doing what you are afraid of. Eddie Rickenbacker said there can be no courage unless you are scared.

I used to have a quote by the man called "What we fear doing most is usually what we need to do."

It makes sense that items on our to-do list with expired dates are intimidating.

If you tackle something you fear every day, you will have made it a long way to having done a lot of what you need to do to get to PA school.

Mark Twain said to complete the most critical, most feared item on your to-do list as the first task of the morning. He said that if you eat a live frog the first thing you do in the morning, you can go through the day with no fear, because that is the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day.

If you don't do something about your frog, you are most likely to put it off.

The Pre-PA path has a lot of scary to-do list items. Pick one and do it. It is amazing to see what happens when you move onto the next and the next.

What are three things you would like to say to your pre-PA self?

Do you have any regrets or words of wisdom that you would give to a younger version of yourself?

Do you have any advice for Pre-PAs?

We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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  1. I have been a PA for 40 years and have a PhD in physiology. It has been a rewarding career but AAPA lobbying has been disappointing. Nurse practitioners have been lobbying their way into the mid-level profession despite different training. Nurse practitioners answer to the nursing board in some states. PA organizations need to be pro-active; supervising physicians need to be pro-active. I was replaced by a nurse.

    • I agree with your feelings, Peter. I think the AAPA is trying to make PAs more competitive by practicing optimal team practice. What are your thoughts on this?


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