If you think you get a lot of questions about why PA, try explaining to people that you are coaching Pre-PA students to gain admission into PA School! There is a lack of awareness surrounding the PA profession, but that is slowly changing. With more awareness comes more competition for spots in an accredited PA program. More and more qualified applicants are getting waitlisted. And that is why PA Trek can help! Here are some examples of how a coach can help you.
A little talk about boasting
Many times we have the right qualifications but have difficulty representing them well. It can be a real mind game to feel like you are “selling” yourself. If you have the credentials it feels annoying to have to push it to admission committees. You’ve spent years accumulating healthcare experience, volunteer and shadow hours, as well as maintaining a great GPA with a difficult course load. But when they are reviewing 1500 applications for 50 spots you better make sure that your application is packaged and delivered in a way that is noticeable.
It’s invaluable to have an experienced PA Trek Coach who has been through the application experience themselves (and helped mentor students to achieve their goals) assist you with your application. They can help you present yourself as an outstanding professional that will be an incredible asset to any PA program.
One common mistake many of our clients make is that they are overly concerned about boasting. Another common mistake is that they overlook significant events that should be included in their CASPA. It is really hard to feel like you are bragging, but that is truly the only way that PA programs will get the necessary information they need to make a thoughtful decision. Now is not the time to be afraid of sounding arrogant. A coach can help you tastefully include key pieces of information that will make your application stand out. They can also help you determine which pieces are ok to leave out. Not every time you donated blood needs to be included in CASPA!
Creating a Grad School level essay
Another reason to hire a PA Trek coach is to help with your personal statement and supplemental essays. Your essays will take your application from average to outstanding. Not only do you get to work with your PA Coach, you will also have a skilled professional editor to make sure that the grammar and flow is up to grad level standards. We can’t state enough how important your essays are to admissions committees. This is your chance to show them why you are the best choice for their program. If you don’t impress them, you don’t get an interview. Which brings us to the another important part of getting into PA school, the interview.
If you are like most of us, the interview is a nerve racking event. The only way to prepare is to practice. How awesome would it be to practice with an experienced PA who knows what PA schools are looking for? Creating an environment that replicates the PA school interview is a great way to figure out your best interview tactics and is a great way to figure out how to address your weak points.
We think the best part of working with our coaches is the friendship you develop. Our coaches walk along with you through the ups and downs. They get how hard this path is, more than anyone. Your coach will be your biggest cheerleader but also give it to you straight. We are so proud of our clients and their accomplishments, big and small! This holiday season, maybe instead of that new sweater or techy item, you should invest in your future! Ask your friends and family to chip in and purchase a coaching package. This will be something that will give you a leg up on the competition, which is priceless.
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