It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these – mainly because I’ve felt like I’ve been struggling with content ideas – but I’ve finally had a break through and have come up with a bunch of new content for the coming weeks. While I have loved blogging for pre-PA students, its hard to continue to come up with new ideas when I feel like I’ve hit most of the major ones. So I’m going to start transiting more towards life in school, and life outside of medicine.
With that being said, I did start out as a Pre-PA blogger and I am more than happy to continue to answer all of your questions as you work to follow your dream to get into a PA school. So every week for #SparkleSunday I am going to be answering a pre-pa question. If you look to the right on the page, there is a photo for you to click on that says “Pre-PA questions”. This will bring you to a Google Form for you to ask me whatever you want to know. Then I’ll answer one every week, or if I think it’s a particularly good question I’ll create an entire post about it!Now onto this week’s #SparkleSunday
On PA school:
- Week one of Pediatrics is done. My thoughts: Wow, it’s definitely a lot more challenging then I was expecting. I worked as a CNA for inpatient pediatrics before PA school, but inpatient is a lot different than outpatient medicine. And while my school had a pediatrics unit during Didactic Year, I’ve already learned there’s a lot of things that weren’t covered. I’ll continue to share my thoughts as this rotation progresses.
- One thing I’ve already learned during Pediatrics that I think is very important to share is about Postpartum Depression. In pediatrics, we’re seeing babies for newborn exams, 2 week, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, etc. For most of those visits, the mom is coming in. At the practice I am rotating at, we do ask the moms how they are feeling, but we don’t go any more into depth than that. I personally think that the Pediatrician could have a very important role in the screening for of PPD, since we are seeing them so frequently for baby well visits. One screening tool is theEdinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. It’s 10 questions long, and could be integrated into these visits. I’d love to hear all y’alls thoughts on this, and whether or not you think the Pediatric Provider should be involved in this.
On White Coat Wardrobe:
- Clinical year means wearing business professional every day for most of my rotations. While I have a fairly deep amount of choices, I’ve noticed more and more that I’m wearing the same outfits over again. So I’ve decided to create a semesterly budget (since my only income is currently my student loans which drop at the beginning of the semester), and to start shopping regularly for new business clothes. This is great news for you guys because I’m going to religiously start doing White Coat Wardrobe posts, and I’ll actually be able to link the items I’m buying for everyone to check out themselves.
- I was recommended by my preceptor to wear running shoes during this rotation (August is a very busy month with school starting after Labor Day). Part of me is so bothered by this, especially since I’m wearing business casual and not scrubs. So I recently bought a pair of Nurse Mate’s Brand slip on shoes that will look a little more normal with my dress pants. I’ll be sure to post a review of them soon! (this is not sponsored)
On Health and Beauty:
- Right now Tula is having a great sale on a Skin Essentials Trial Kit. You can get trial sizes of the purifying cleanser, exfoliating mask, hydrating day and night cream, and revitalizing eye cream for only $19 with FREE shipping! This is a great option for those of us who are very intrigued by this product, but unwilling to spend a lot of money on something that may not work out for us. I finally broke down and purchased when I saw this deal, so I’ll make sure to let you all know how it goes for me! (this is not sponsored)
On Life Outside of School:
- In less than a month, one of my closest friends will be getting married and I’m thrilled that my rotation schedule worked out in a way to allow me to go to it! So I’ll be flying back to Florida mid-September to attend that, something I’m really looking forward to it. Her wedding is formal, but not black tie, and it will be outdoors in the September Florida heat. I have three dresses that I’m deciding between – two that I just recently purchased and one that I’ve had for 4ish years. You can shop my choices below, I linked a very similar style dress for the light pink one that I’ve had forever. I’ll be doing a post on which one I ended up choosing once the last dress comes in the mail.
This week’s Pre-PA question:
“I just finished my first year of college, and my GPA wasn’t so great. Does this mean my chances of getting into PA school are over?”
GPA is a big topic and concern of everyone who applies (unless you have a 4.0, you’re always going to worry that someone could be better than you). My advice, don’t worry about this now. If you only finished you’re freshman year, you still have at least 6 more semesters of school to go. A big thing that PA school admission boards look for is upward trends. So they want to see you take more challenging classes, and they want to see your GPA improve over time. If the classes that you did poorly in are prerequisites, you should retake them. And you should move forward and take upper level classes. Learn from your mistakes and adjust your study methods. But making mistakes as a freshman should not ruin your chances of getting into PA school; you have plenty of time to improve. I talked more about having a lower GPA while applying back in May.
Motivational Quote of the Week:
You are only confined by the walls you build yourself.
This is something I am so guilty of. I place limitations on myself by telling myself that I already know what’s going to happen. And then because of that I don’t try and I don’t force myself out of my comfort zone. So think is something I’m actively working on, and something that I challenge you to work on. When you want to say “I can’t”, instead ask yourself “why not”
Comment below with something that you’re going to do outside of your comfort zone this week!
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