- Start early. This tip is probably the most important one out of them all. It will make more sense as I delve into the other tips. This tip is important because it all depends on your rotation schedule. If you start early, you have plenty of time for things to go wrong and have them fixed.
- Pick a specialty. This does not mean this is your end all, be all. For example, if you’re undecided when you start this whole VSAS process like I was, then choose to do an away rotation in the specialty that is most competitive out of all the specialties you are considering.
- Decide where you want to go. Every school has various deadlines and expectations. If you have an idea of where you want to go, it’ll make the process easier and less stressful.
- Be mindful of your rotation schedule. For example, if you know you will be on an intensive rotation such as surgery where the hours are not forgiving, plan to work on your VSAS before that rotation or after allowing you plenty of time to get your materials in check.
- Trust the process. Everything will fall into place if you are diligent. Basically, don’t be afraid to ask questions and hold yourself accountable. Student affairs is there to help you. If people have done it before, you can too!