SHOULD YOU WRITE A COVID ESSAY? YES, BUT ONLY IF YOU DO THIS

2020 is an interesting year to apply to PA school. And by interesting- I for sure mean complicated.


From classes going online, to being called to the frontlines/being canceled from your job and/or experiencing unforeseen personal or financial difficulties, this cycle is definitely a doozie.


So what's up with this COVID essay being "OPTIONAL"?





Well, the good news is that the new 2500 character essay added to the CASPA application designated specifically to your COVID related experiences is "optional".


But what does this really mean?


And how can you make sure that if you choose to write that essay, that it helps you and not hurts your chances of getting accepted?


Allow me to offer some perspective.


But first, let's start with exactly What you need to know about the COVID essay.

1️⃣ It offers students an opportunity to disclose any COVID related academic, professional, and personal hardships that might have affected their path to pursuing the PA profession.


2️⃣ It is truly optional, and not filling it out will not count against you when considering your acceptance. However, if you do fill it out- you will be assessed on it.