What was your major in undergrad?
Biomedical Science at Texas A&M. Whoop!
What do you think the strongest and weakest part of your application was?
Why did you think camp made you a strong applicant?
Ah, camp. I am really passionate about summer camp. It was simultaneously the best and hardest thing I have ever done. I learned a lot about service, humility, and what it means to put others needs ahead of your own. I got good at connecting with strangers. I had to learn to manage responsibility and healthy ways to deal with frustrations. I used stories from camp in my interviews whenever I got a questions like “Tell me about a time when you were stressed and how you dealt with it” (Answer: one time a camper cried because she hated her shoes while we were at an activity and I switched shoes with her). I think that schools like to see that you have other interests besides medicine and that you make time for the things you care about.
What was hardest about applying?
I was so unprepared for the interviews. I didn’t do anything to practice so I just showed up thinking I could charm some people. And then the were tough and I bawled in my car after 2 of 3 of them.
Any last tips for applicants and those interested in PA school?
Don’t get discouraged if you are waitlisted! I know plenty of people who were waitlisted and got in as late as April. I got off the waitlist in March.