It’s been a while since I have done one of these (over a month), and I feel like I keep saying that I’m going to get better about posting and I never do. I was actually reading an article the other day from Carly the Prepster (the College Prepster) about how she wrote a blog post EVERY day for a year! In it, she mentions how she finds the act of writing something every day helpful in keeping her momentum going, and that when she doesn’t consistently write, she finds it harder to come up with topics and create posts. So, my goal is to try to imitate her in this aspect. I’ve created a new running list of post topics I’d like to create as a reminder in my phone, and I’ve created a note where I can jot down sentences as they come to me. Hopefully, her method will help me start staying more up to date on letting you guys know what’s going on in my life.
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Now on to this week’s #SparkleSunday
On Life Outside of School:
- I was actually able to go home for Thanksgiving this week, and it was such a welcomed change of scenery. During Clinical year, our schedules are contingent on the site that we’re doing our rotation at. So with the exception of Winter break and the weekend between rotations, we don’t have any set days off. This means that I very well could have had to work Thanksgiving and would have spent it alone (well with friends), but I’m so thankful that my Attending was willing to let me miss Friday so that I could go home! I feel like the past few weeks have been so hard for me; I’m seriously missing my family at this point and with how close it is to graduation, I just feel ready to skip forward and be in May already.
On PA school:
- I’m officially more than half way done with Clinical year! I’m on my 5th rotation, which is Behavioral Medicine. I’m at Children’s National in DC, which is amazing because I love the feeling of being in a Children’s hospital again – I miss you UF Health – but very challenging because I’m dealing with children and adolescent psychiatry.
- After Winter Break, I’ll come back to DC and finish out clinical year with my Emergency Medicine, Women’s Health, and Surgery Rotations. I’m super excited for all three of these rotations, and I can’t wait to share some of the tips I learn with you guys!
- My life right now is filled with eating disorders. I’m doing Children and Adolescent Psychiatry, and this is a big part of the diagnoses I’m seeing. Here’s a link to a pretty good article – Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders
On Health and Beauty:
- I have seriously not been taking care of my skin for the past few weeks, and that coupled with the cold weather has been seriously brutal on my face. I ended up buying Tula’s Exfoliating Treatment Mask during their Black Friday sale. My goal is to go back to being a lot more religious about taking care of my skin, and hopefully go back to having fewer break outs.
- I’ve also decided to start doing BBG for real. I bought this a few years ago during undergrad, and since then have done it off and on. I’ve never finished the full 12 week program, and I’m hoping to this time. I’ve hit the age where I can no longer count on my metabolism to keep my ideal fitness, and I actually need to work for it. So I would love to have you guys hold me accountable for this! I’m planning on posting to my Instagram Story when I do the workouts.
On Shopping and White Coat Wardrobe:
- I seriously failed at Black Friday this year. If you guys watched my Instagram story, you saw that I bought TWO things on Black Friday – a splurge Christmas/Birthday Kate Spade Bag and a pair of Spanx (they were on sale for 20% and no matter how fit you are, I feel like Spanx can always been helpful). Later that night I went back to the mall and did end up snagging this great rain coat!
This week’s pre-pa question:
Is there a set schedule of classes that I should take to get into PA school? My advisors aren’t as familiar with the PA career path.
I wish! This would have made my undergrad life so much easier! I think it’s a common problem for individuals at smaller schools to have advisors not as familiar with the PA profession and the route to getting into PA school. Even at UF, I felt like a lot of it was my own research into the matter and less actually advisement from my academic advisor. I have a couple of recommendations for this:
- Join your school’s pre-PA club! These clubs are always amazing sources of information. If your school doesn’t have one, consider starting one. Or, join the pre-med club (because realistically, there is always one of those and the prerequisite classes and expectations are very similar). These are going to be the people who are able to tell you what classes can be done in the same semester, which teachers to avoid, etc.
- Look up a bunch of different PA programs you would be interested in. Get a complete list of prerequisites required, because there can be some differences between schools. I listed some on my PA FAQs page. Some schools will also include a list of classes that are “recommended” but not required.
- Figure out if the perquisites for PA school have required prerequisites to get into the class, and make sure to do all of those. For instance, at my undergrad, Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 were prerequisites for Biochemistry – which is a prerequisite for some PA programs. So even though not every program requires Orgo, I needed to do it to get my Biochemistry prerequisite.
- As for other classes that are helpful during PA school, I recommend trying to take a Pharm class, genetics, biochemistry, any advanced level anatomy/physiology classes, and a writing class (especially if it’s geared towards medicine or career stuff like writing resumes).
- Make a timeline and make it out. Include all of the PA school prerequisites and their own requirements. Then add in all of the classes you need for your degree. Being able to visualize it will seriously help. I would recommend doing a timeline with the classes on sticky notes so you’re able to easily move them around. And you can color code it!
Motivational Quote of the Week:
Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.
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