A personal statement allows readers to understand one's personal reasons for entering professional school. A well-crafted personal statement can make a statement and mean the difference.
Writing a good personal statement is not easy. In fact, getting started for some can take months.
Where to Start?
- Keep a journal during shadowing, volunteering, and other experiences to refer back to during your writing process.
If you didn't keep a journal, have no fear!
- Start with a blank piece of a paper and fill it with memories, people, or hobbies which impacted or influenced this career choice.
- Circle the most impactful and be sure to include them in the personal statement.
Questions to Ask Yourself?
- Who or what moment (pivotal/life changing moment) has been most influential in your life? Why?
- Do you feel passion for this career? What is the source?
- What lessons have you gained from previous health care experiences?
- In what way were your strengths illustrated by your experiences?
- How has your motivation been strengthened?
- What do you see as the unifying themes in your experiences?
- How do you relate these stories to your career choice?
- What have you learned about what its like to be your career choice?
- What was the most important lesson you learned?
Tips for Writing Your Statement
- Be Personal!
- Explain important life lessons learned.
- Be honest and forthright.
- Show, don’t tell: Give readers a sense of who you are with examples, scenarios, and ideas.
- Proofread. Share it with anyone and everyone you can to have them read it.
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- Don’t use quotes or gimmicks.
- Don’t make excuses for challenges in your life.
- Don’t make this an autobiography/timeline.
- Don’t just say, “I want to help people.” Express what this means.
- Don't use "impressive" vocabulary.