It is well known that PA school is beyond demanding. Most family or friends will not even ask why, because they can undoubtedly acknowledge the toll that it has taken on their loved one mentally and physically. Therefore, I would like to talk about some key elements that makes PA school challenging for future students and family, friends, or significant other of a PA student.
PA school is one of the hardest processes I’ve ever endured. It’s not just the difficulty of the course material, but a multitude of factors. Life does not stop, chronic health conditions proceed, debt grows, responsibilities increase, the pressure to succeed is at its pinnacle point, self-doubt takes over, and the volume of material exactly what everyone says–drinking from a fire hose.
The sheer volume of the information is absolutely over whelming. Right before you start to feel somewhat comfortable about the material, you are on a new topic. Attending lectures from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm is mentally exhausting, but once lectures are over you still have to create notes, read, and study–which is harder than it sounds when you’re mentally fatigued. There is no amount of caffeine that will cure this feeling (trust me, I have tried). You start to sacrifice your health, relationships, your emotional stability, and stop doing the things you used to enjoy. You live, eat, and breath school. Despite the obvious stress, challenges, sleepless nights, and the exceedingly high bar we all must clear, PA school will make a better version of yourself. Like all growth, it can be painful before it is rewarding.