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Elements to Gather Before You Start Writing Your Personal Narrative

The largest and most intimidating part of the PA school application is the personal narrative. Writing a compelling narrative about your experiences is a daunting task in and of itself.  When that narrative also has to sell your merits to an admissions panel, it can seem almost impossible to accomplish.

Before you start writing your personal narrative or even drafting an outline, take some time to ruminate on the following topics. All of these elements are important pieces of your narrative, and having one lackluster component can mean the difference between being invited for an interview and being passed up.  By taking time to gather this information on yourself, you’ll have a wealth of options to choose from when planning your narrative roadmap which will make the writing process much easier. Read more »

Tips for Creating the Perfect PA School Personal Narrative

Your personal narrative is one of the most important parts of the application process. Without a compelling, unique, and well written personal narrative, you might not get a chance to interview with the programs you applied to. Think of your personal narrative as the ultimate sales pitch- you want it to be clear, concise, and really drive home the points that argue why you’d be an exceptional PA.

Writing your personal narrative is a long process and will undergo many stages- it isn’t something you should attempt to write in one pass. It should evolve from a few sentences or a short anecdote to a full blown essay, and will likely go through many revisions along the way. If you’re struggling with your personal narrative or feel like it doesn’t stand out, consider the following tips.  Read more »

How Should You Begin Your PA School Narrative?

The introduction can make or break an otherwise well written personal narrative.  It sets the tone of your narrative but also serves the purpose of establishing themes that may persist throughout your narrative.  It also plays a large part in establishing your tone and conveying your distinct voice to the reader.

If you have great content for your narrative but find that it’s hard to lead into it or connect it all together, there are a few techniques you can use to create a stellar introduction.  It’s not necessary to use these techniques if you find that your narrative is strong, reads well, and does a good job of communicating your voice and purpose to the reader, but they can act as a placeholder or even help you find a way to tie your narrative together if it feels disjointed.

Here are just a few ways you can begin your PA narrative:

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What Really Motivates You To Become a PA?

If you’re going to convey honesty and transparency in your PA school personal narrative, it’s crucial to understand what motivates you.  It’s unlikely that your interview panel will directly ask what motivates you, but they may ask about the reasons you chose to become a PA.  If you’re just looking for notoriety, a decent salary, or for the opportunity to “help people” your motives will undoubtedly be questioned.

To present your story most effectively in your narrative and at the interview, it’s imperative that you know yourself it the context of what motivates you.  There are six major motivating factors and most people are influenced by two or three of these.  Here’s a breakdown of each factor.

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Application Magic: How To Turn Your Weakness Into A Strength

As you’re writing 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 ask yourself why you would want to include your weaknesses if you’re trying to convince the reader that you’re a standout candidate for the PA program at hand. The answer is simple: interview committees want well rounded, humble candidates that can honestly speak to their personal growth. Interview committees see right through self-acclaimed “superheroes” that refuse to address their own shortcomings, especially when those shortcomings are apparent in other ways.

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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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