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A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

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Life List

(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

donderdag 18 juni 2009

OMG!!! My CASPA application got mailed out today!!!

I started the application process over two months ago, and now it's finally on its way to the five schools I'm applying to!

DUKE is my first choice... I would be able to stay in the Triangle, and who turns down the Duke reputation? They invented the entire profession of PAs, for goodness' sake! They have some awesome facilities and even offer a few international rotations during the clinical year.

PACIFIC is another top contender. They're a small private school -- an atmosphere I've never experienced, but think I would love -- in a fantastic location (just outside of Portland, OR). They also have lots of cool international rotations during the clinical year (everything from Costa Rica to Kenya). In my head, this program feels very funky and 'colorful'. Scary as such a drastic move might be, it's really appealing to just toss most of our stuff in storage and spend two years among the redwood trees, biking to class every day and wearing jeans and L.L. Bean all the time.

MEDICAL University is another of my favorites. Located in Charleston (another great location!), the school does only medical programs (MD, PA, RN, OT, etc.) They've been awesome about communicating with me about all my questions. And, as a bonus, they have an amazing fitness center.

FLORIDA, my undergrad institution, makes the list, too, of course. They use actual cadavers in their dissections and supposedly have the very latest equipment, simulators, etc. Plus I'd love to be back in such a liberal, familiar town... and I'd be back on my swim team! :) The only drawback is that, since I'm now a North Carolina resident, this would actually be the very most expensive option on my list.

EAST CAROLINA University is my fifth and final school. By the same token as the above -- the fact that I am now a North Carolina resident -- this would actually be the very cheapest school on my list, ($18k tuition for the entire program, compared to a minimum of $60k for the others). That's really its only pull for me (no international rotations, a small conservative town, very few jobs available for L, etc.), but it's admittedly a strong one.

Anyway, I won't hear anything for months yet, so we'll see what happens... but today was an exciting, important step!

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