Updated: Nov 20
CASPA has officially opened this past Thursday! Are you ready?
I am fortunate to not have had to deal with CASPA. In 2008, when I applied to Marquette University, their application was on paper. I still had to submit my undergraduate transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, shadow, get healthcare experience, and take the GRE. I found the process to be stressful, mainly because of the deadlines.
I can only imagine the stress and expense of applying via CASPA. There are varying application deadlines, letters of recommendation that need to be acquired, GPAs being calculated, the verification process and the waiting game.
I just want to send some good vibes and say BREATHE! Organization and preparation is key. You want to make the most of your money, so it pays to strategically attack your application.
KNOW YOUR DEADLINES! Procrastination and a lack of preparation will be to your detriment this cycle. Be prepared!
Here are a few tips:
Know where you are applying, their requirements, and deadlines. It makes no sense applying where you don't meet the minimum requirements. If a school requires physics, you need to take physics for example.
Request those letters of recommendation in advance. When doing so, be sure the writer can write something good about you. Let them know what you are applying for and why. Get their email address and let them know you will be sending the request. Include a copy of your resume when requesting from your writer and share any relevant details.
Make sure you have a great personal statement that truly reflects who you are as a person, highlights why you want to be a PA and how you will impact the profession. You do not have to pay a lot of money for a personal statement review. Download Grammarly, even check you Fivver or Upwork to have a review done inexpensively. Have a friend read it over, or a professional you trust. Don't be cliche and start sounding like everyone else. Own your statement!
Order your final official transcripts now, if you haven't already done so. If you're waiting for a final grade, WAIT until that grade is available then order.
Think positively! If you put in the work and it is your time, it will happen.
It is better to send in a completed, well-done application instead of a rushed, poorly-assembled application.
Do not compare yourself to others. Run your own race. Don't become discouraged.
You got this! Seriously. Don't let stress and the nerves get to you. Tackle this one step at a time. Check out the different resources on social media and then the PAEA. I hope you find this helpful.