This is the main question I’ve received since being accepted into PA school last fall. I have to begin with the fact that I’ve fully taken advantage of this time to VEG out as much as possible, but I honestly think I underestimated how much goes into starting school again, having been off for a year and a half now. And to think that it wasn’t guaranteed that I was accepted to a school in the state that I live in! The preparation would be twice as much if I were moving states to go to school!
Soon after deciding on UTMB, I went apartment searching and have been able to find two that I was really interested in that are in close proximity to campus and still have most of the amenities that I want. I’ve recently made a decision on one and I’m so excited about it! Once you begin making plans that are set in stone, it begins to feel so real! I’ve bought used books from a first year student, @chinasmith_, shoutout to her (check out her page and blog) and the rest of the first year PA students who pass down their books for a hugely discounted price! I’m so thankful for that! I’ve ordered my short white coat that I’m eagerly waiting for in the mail. I’ve heard that many girls tend to get it altered to look more flattering so I hope I have time to do that when it finally arrives. I’ve purchased the essentials like a new backpack, a detailed planner, some much needed business casual clothes since that dress code is required for my school, and new scrubs to add to my collection. I’ve been able to help out some Pre-PA students with personal statements and resumes. I’m beginning my review of medical terminology, although I did take it in undergrad, that was about 4 years ago now, (I’m getting old) and I am in need of a good tune up before the scheduled examination during the first few weeks of class. Most of all, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this free time with little responsibility because I’ve come to the realization that I won’t be able to do what I’m doing now probably until retirement 😳. Visiting with my boyfriend, my sister, brother in law, and nephew, hanging with my mom, dad and friends is what is important to me right now as the countdown to PA school continues!
I am now 19 days away from moving in my new place, and 38 days from orientation!
I was tagged on instagram by @threethousandmiles to complete this questionnaire and tag a few medical professionals to complete it, too, after this post! So here we go!
Who are you and where do you study?
I am Meghan Ross and I will be studying in Texas!
When did you start studying medicine or premed/prepa courses?
My undergraduate degree was in Health Sciences so I guess that’s where it all began!
What made you choose the medical field?
The medical field has always been on the forefront of my mind growing up! It was always the field I could see myself going into. I love the way the body heals itself, how well it can function, and other things like that. And I also like how far modern medicine practices have come in such a short amount of time!
How did you come up with your blog name/username?
I quickly came up with my username, I think overnight. I asked a few people on a couple of options and this is the one that stuck! Never hurts to have an alliteration either : )
How would you describe your blog?
I would currently describe it as educational, and now with a pretty and new layout, I’d describe it as clean cut! As I journey through school I hope to involve more lifestyle posts, current PA field info, legislation, etc., and just an overall track of my life.
What’s your favorite quote?
I really don’t carry quotes in the back of my mind, but after looking at my Pinterest, one scripture I love is “And if not, He is still good” Daniel 3:17-18. Another quote that I like that definitely applies to my life right now is “I am still learning” Michelangelo.
Best memory in PA school?
I haven’t begun school yet, but I’m looking forward to making great memories with new friends!
What’s one course you struggled with?
One course or two that I definitely struggled with were Organic Chemistry 1 & 2. I did aaverage in inorganic chemistry, but didn’t have a great chemistry background in high school. I never was someone who understood Orgo concepts, it just went straight over my head and I struggled HARD!
What’s your favorite book?
I don’t know if I have a favorite book at this time. I haven’t really been reading since undergrad, but Harry Potter series will forever be a classic and a part of my childhood to teenage years!
What do you do in your free time?
I’ve had a TON of free time in the past few months and I’ve mostly vegged out! I have been able to visit family and my boyfriend, I’ve gotten back into a routine of working out 4-5 days a week, but I’ve mostly just been preparing for PA school with running errands for my apartment, registration, vaccines, and other things like that! I really enjoy watching my fave tv shows with no responsibilities so I need to soak this time up as much as I can.
What do you want to major or specialize in?
Thankfully, as a PA I won’t have to commit to a residency or specialty for the rest of my life. But some specialties I’m most interested in at this time are Emergency Medicine, Dermatology, Women’s Health, and maybe Pediatrics or Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Who do you look up to?
Most definitely my parents! Shoutout to my mom and dad for all the hard work that they have endured and all that they have accomplished. They’re the best role models out there!
How do you study (productively)?
It can go either way for me. In order for me to review over things, create outlines, notes, or flash cards to study, I feel like I need background noise whether that be music or tv. If I really need to crack down and truly understand the concept of something I need silence. I’ve always preferred studying by myself, but we’ll see how that goes in PA school since I’ve been told that you need study groups to survive.
How do you stay motivated in medical/pa school?
I haven’t started yet, but I think my motivation will first be looking forward to clinicals, then graduation, then knowing that I will actually be using all this information in helping actually treat people! Sounds silly, but I think that medical/pa students sometimes get lost in the challenges of didactic year(s) that we forget that we’re learning such important things in order to become the best health care providers that we can be!
What are your best tips for future medical/pa students?
I don’t have much advice yet navigating PA school, but for undergraduate students reading, I’d just tell you to prepare yourself in the best way possible for when you’re ready to apply! Try your hardest in your courses, get a part time job in the healthcare field early so you don’t have to sweat it in the long run, get involved on campus socially and academically, volunteer in your free time and invest time in improving yourself and enjoy your time as an undergrad because it goes by so quickly!!
Thanks for reading!