Category Archives: Personal Statement

Tips and Tricks for Writing a Standout Introduction for your PA School Essay

Mark Twain once famously said “the secret of getting ahead is getting started.”   When you’re ready to dive into writing your personal narrative, the most difficult part can actually be the introduction!

It’s easy to appraise your attributes and come up with your most favorable characteristics because you know what your admissions panel is looking for but unfortunately, there is no guideline for your introduction or theme. This means the most difficult task for many applicants can actually be gathering all of those favorable characteristics and figuring out how to present them in a clear, concise, and interesting way.

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What Do You Have to Offer a PA Program?

As you’re applying to PA programs, you should know what you bring to the table before you set foot in the interview room.  In addition, you should know exactly what each program is looking for in an ideal candidate. With enough preparation, you’ll be able to highlight all of the great things you offer as a candidate that fall in line with exactly the trains the program wants.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your PA School Personal Narrative

Your personal narrative is arguably one of the most important aspects of the entire application process. Without a compelling, unique, and well written personal narrative, you may not even get a shot at interviewing with your potential PA programs. Think of it as the ultimate sales pitch- you want it to be clear, concise, but really drive home the points that argue why you’d be an exceptional PA.

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PA School narrative: How to frame your weaknesses as strengths

As you write your personal narrative, you’ll need to portray yourself as honestly as possible. This means that, while you get to praise yourself by pointing out the key abilities and characteristics that make you a stand-out physician assistant, you may also need to address your weaknesses. While you might be reluctant to pinpoint something that could harm your chances of being the optimal candidate, weaknesses can be an outstanding way to frame your strengths- you just need to know how to present them.

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Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths for your Personal Narrative

As you’re developing your personal narrative, you may come across an anecdote or experience where you need to highlight your weaknesses as well as your strengths. You may think to yourself “why would I include my weaknesses if I’m trying to convince the reader that I’m a standout candidate for this program?” The answer is simple: interview committees want well rounded, humble candidates that can honestly speak to their personal growth, not self-acclaimed “superheroes” that refuse to address their own shortcomings. Read more »

Writing your PA School Personal Narrative: The STAR Technique

STAR technique for writing a PA school personal narrativeDo you have a really great anecdote you want to include in your PA school personal narrative but you’re having a hard time getting in out of your head and onto the page? If you need help taking an experience and turning into a well-crafted, compelling story, look no further than the STAR technique!

The STAR technique can help you hit all of the key points of your story while assuring that the overall message and purpose for including it in the first place shines through. In addition, it’s a great tool to help you hone your interview answers and manage your stress on interview day.

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Starting A Standout PA school Personal Narrative: Establish A Common Theme

The opening of your PA school personal narrative is one of the most important components of your entire essay. Not only does it have to grab the reader’s attention, it has to also give a clear idea of what will follow it.   If you lead off with a boring, vague, or poorly written introduction, it sets the tone for the rest of your personal narrative.

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Tips for Reviewing Your Personal Narrative

Your personal narrative is a genuine reflection of who you are. Yes, it literally explains who you are as a candidate and invites the reader to get to know you as an individual, but it can also be your downfall if you don’t take the time to proofread! Missing careless spelling and grammatical mistakes can cost you bigtime, even if the content of your narrative is solid.

Here are some helpful tips for reviewing, revising, and adding the final touches to your personal narrative. Read more »

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