Welcome to my first official blog post!
Chances are you have some sort of interest in the wonderful field of medicine, more specifically, in the PA profession. I am so happy that you do because it is a hip-and-happening career to go into!
No matter where you are in the PA pathway: high school student who is leaning towards the health field, undergrad set on the pre-PA pathway, undergrad who doesn’t know what they want to do yet but may want to think about the PA way (this was me), or currently applying to PA school…I’m here to help!
Before I jump into my oh-so-helpful advice…I’ll give you guys a little background on my journey to PA school.
Growing up I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. I live in Wisconsin and eventually realized that the chances of that one working out were pretty slim. So I formulated a Plan B.
In elementary, middle, and high school I was super interested in biology and science courses. I had a passion for figuring out how things worked, loved the intricacy and detail that went into each organism we studied in anatomy class, and always wanted to know more about what made us tick as humans. Naturally, I gravitated towards the idea of going into the healthcare field. Yet, I was pretty undecided of which route to go.
Fast forward as I made my way to college. Like many students, I had no flippin’ clue what the heck I was doing with my life or what I wanted to be at the ripe age of 18 (I mean let’s be real, who really does?). When I eventually decided on biology as my major, it made me feel a little more settled on a “path” I wanted my life to take, but I was still overwhelmed by the vast amount of healthcare career options out there for me!
I started to shadow multiple health professions: doctors, nurses, dentists, and PAs. The last two professions on the list struck me as the most interesting. I continued to shadow both professions through my undergrad career.
At one point, I decided I wanted to be a dentist. I signed up for the DAT exam and began planning where I wanted to apply to dental school. But like a lot of college students, I had a mid-undergrad “life crisis” and decided this was absolutely NOT what I wanted to do and dropped that idea like it was hot. Back to the drawing board I went!
After some serious soul-searching, multiple hours of following my favorite PA around, and having lots of heart-to-heart talks with my mom (she’s seriously the best)…I knew that a career as a PA was my life’s calling. So I set out on my own amazing journey to becoming a PA…and it has been the best choice I have ever made in my entire life.
Fast forward through all the craziness that comes with the PA school application process and here I am now…Jourdyn, PA-S.
I know for me the process of applying to PA school was kind of intimidating, and I felt that there were so many questions and concerns I had! I remember how completely overwhelmed I felt at times, and those feelings were exactly my motivation for creating this blog. If I can help alleviate anyone’s apprehensions…I AM SO SO SO HAPPY TO HELP!
So that is my story in a nutshell…and how I got to writing this blog! I can’t wait to share some helpful tips and guidance with you all!
P.S. If there are any certain topics you want me to talk about, concerns, or questions you may have (no matter how small or big) feel free to comment them below and I will do my best to answer them 🙂