I have done a lot of research on the PA program I want to apply to today. I like to actually print out the pages I need (with the info on application steps, pre-req’s, etc) so that I have it in front of me and can look at it to pump myself up and make a plan even on days when my arms will hurt browsing the internet. Beyond that, I always like to have a hard copy of things, regardless of my arms. I don’t know why; it’s just easier for me.
The good news is that my previous healthcare experience as a clincial laboratory technologist should fulfill their 2000 hrs. of paid healthcare requirement. Also, I only need two pre-requisites, and I can take them both by matriculation, so I can apply now. The CASPA application window opens on June 1st and is due by Nov. 1st.
So…I am determined to APPLY. I am determined to not fail at applying. That is the part I can do. It will take a lot of courage for me – asking for recommendations, setting up shadowing an actual PA, putting in some time and money to take two more classes. But I am determined to do that part. I really think that by the time I do clinicals (which wouldn’t be until Fall 2013 as I would start the program Fall 2012), that my ankles will be able to handle more walking. I am going to do it either way. I want this. I want to do it for myself and for my life. I want to start now.
So I layed out a plan today to accomplish my goal of applying. It feels good. I will start the CASPA application on June 1st! I am going to make some calls tomorrow to find out how to start shadowing. I am excited. I am really scared I won’t get in, but I refuse to live the rest of my life not getting in because I didn’t apply. I refuse to let “I didn’t even try” be the reason.