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? Wermibug 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 it's like to be your career choice? What was the most important lesson you learned? Tips for Writing Your Statement Do 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 others. We can read and edit your statement. Set up an appointment today! Don’t Don’t use quotes or gimmicks. Don’t make excuses for challenges in your life. Don’t make this an autobiography/timeline. Don't use "impressive" vocabulary.