The first year is going to fly by, and by the time the white coat ceremony is approaching, you will be amazed at how much you have learned over the course of the year and how far you have come in the journey towards starting your career as a PA. While you study hard to learn all the things you must know as a Physician Assistant, make sure that you make time for fun.  It is so important to find a good balance between work and play, and to set aside some time each week to have some fun and make some memories with your friends and classmates, whether that means celebrating someone’s birthday, watching a favorite movie or tv show, enjoying some retail therapy, or spending time together at one of the PA class events.  And that way, when it is time to study again, you will feel refreshed and ready to go!

When it comes to studying for exams, for several of the classes this year I found that handwriting my study guides helped me be better able to recall the information.  On the other hand, there were a few classes where I found it easier to type up a study guide and then underline and put stars next to the key points.  How you study may change based on which class it is you are studying for, and you may have to try a few different study methods to find what works best for you.  Also, it may be helpful to get study tips from classmates, and form study groups that meet to review material prior to exams.  The great thing about having a class of 38 is that we can all work together as a team throughout the year to make it through the challenges that come with PA school, and use our strengths to help every member of the class study and succeed.  It truly is a great journey with wonderful people, and you’ll soon discover that your classmates really do become your family.