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Pwning the Personal Statement Part I: Intro and Free Essay Reviews!

It’s getting to be that time when the early birds are thinking about their personal statements.  And you know what they say about the early birds… they get the interview!  We’re doing this series because a) most students struggle building a strategy for this problem and b) this is an extremely long and difficult component of the application process.

Start early!

Every year, students are required to write a personal statement (and additional essays depending on the specific programs where they apply).  The prompt rarely changes, meaning you can start preparing early with confidence.  The earlier you start brainstorming and writing, the better position you’re going to be in to reflect and have a complete and polished essay.

Participate!

This is the first of a multi-part series that will cover how to start brainstorming and writing your personal statement as well as how to edit your essay so it shines.

As part of this series, we’ll read and provide comments on your personal statements!  We’ll select a diverse set of samples and provide detailed comments on them for everyone to see and discuss (all personal info will be redacted).  Email your personal statement for a free review to info@mcatquestionaday.com under the Subject Line: “Personal Statement Sample.”  This is a great opportunity to get some solid feedback as well as help others in learning how to write great admissions essays. 

Note: the review is completely free.  For now, we will comment and provide feedback only on selected essays, so send yours in and be on the lookout for our comments!  Other essays may be reviewed at a later date, so don’t be discouraged if we don’t work on yours immediately!

Begin!

Remember, there’s a lot of generic advice out there.  Do a search and you’ll find the top tips on writing your personal statement include:

  • “Make the personal statement personal”
  • “Don’t list off all your accomplishments”
  • “Have other people help edit your essay”
  • “Tell them what makes you unique”

Everyone follows this advice, and most people use simply those tactics and nothing else.  So, admissions committees (adcoms) end up reading the same essays over and over again.  We’re going to show you how to turn the sleep-inducing essay into something that gleams on the paper.  For this first step, we invite you to jump into the waters fresh.  Get your ideas out as succinctly as you can – here’s the prompt:

Use the space provided to explain why you want to go to medical school. The available space for your response is 5300 characters, or approximately one full page.

As we walk through the next few segments of this series, we’ll talk more about how to get the most from your efforts here.  Over the next few months you will probably end up writing multiple drafts from scratch.  This first draft will still be a useful way for you to reflect on your experiences and practice putting them to words.  Send your essays to info@mcatquestionaday.com and join the discussion!

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