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  • 27 Mar 2021 7:55 PM
    Message # 10243074
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hi. I am the first person in my family to go to college and I was not a great student in high school so I did a couple of years at the local community college before transferring to Portland State to finish my degree. Most of the people I read about on the applicant forums all went to 4-year universities. I know how competitive PA school is – should I be worried that my community college classes won’t count as much?

  • 27 Mar 2021 7:56 PM
    Reply # 10243076 on 10243074
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    First, congratulations on completing your degree as a “first-gen” student (someone who is the first generation in their family to go to college). Navigating college can be incredibly confusing when you don’t have family members with experience to help. Your success with it speaks to your adaptability – a great skill for a PA to have. Make sure you tell your story in your essays so the committees get a good understanding of all you bring to the profession. As for your community college classes, most programs are familiar with their local community colleges and know how high quality many of their classes are. Your community college Anatomy and Physiology credit counts just as much as your credits earned at Portland State – and they show your ability to improve as a student from where you were in high school.

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