Category Archives: Personal Statement

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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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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