With CASPA opening up in a few days, I’d like to fill my blog with tips/tricks on things I was told when I applied to PA school!
The first thing I did when CASPA opened for me was
- Make an account
- Send your recommendation letter requests to the people intended
Be sure to ask the people you want to write your rec letters, a few weeks in advance and a time frame around when you’ll send out the request. Then, be patient. If it’s been a few weeks and there hasn’t been a reply, follow up with them gently. In an instance of mine, I accidentally got a wrong email address and so the person never got it! It happens lol.
Who to ask?
I say, ask 3 people who can vouch for your character, dedication, and passion to become a PA. I’ve heard a rule of thumb is to ask a professor, a PA you shadowed, and one other (ex: boss)…but honestly, I think as long as your get a balance of different people who can tell the committee who you are and what you stand for, then there isn’t a hard/fast rule of who you must/mustn’t ask.
Lastly, after they’ve written you the letter, be sure you thank them with a card +/- small gift! If anything, a thank you card because they took time out of their busy schedule to vouch for you because they believe in you and know you’ll make a great PA!