Very often, the best opening paragraphs for Physician Assistant admissions essays are those relating a personal story that made a significant impact on your life. You may have a lot to tell the admissions committee members about your accomplishments and aspirations, but don’t underestimate the importance of this personal touch. More than any other statement that you are likely to make in this essay, a well-told personal story has the ability to draw us in and capture our imaginations. In a few descriptive strokes, it tells us who you are as a person by letting us see and feel through your eyes and heart.
Think back on your life. Which patients have you cared for or observed that made an impact on your thoughts and feelings? Even if you don’t know or remember their names, the human interest factor inherent in these stories will help your audience to really visualize and believe in your desire to be a great Physician Assistant. What about family members or friends? Have the sufferings of someone close to you acted as a critical factor in your decision to become a Physician Assistant ? Describe some of what you observed and thought and felt.
Without this human element, your accomplishments and ambitions could easily devolve into a laundry list of goals and achievements that sounds the same as hundreds of other admissions statements. But with it, your statement comes alive with meaning and purpose, and we feel that you’ve had the courage to open your heart to us and show us your core.
The PA School Essay is one of the most important aspects of the application. Use this opportunity wisely and write to connect to your audience.
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