3. USE ONE THEME TO UNIFY THE STATEMENT. Your statement should not be a laundry list of accomplishments (the rest of your packet provides that information). By picking one theme that illustrates who you are (and the background for that laundry list of accomplishments), you give your statement direction and more importantly, you are able to personalize your experiences. A single theme provides the foundation on which you can demonstrate qualities that make you a good "fit" for the schools you are applying to. When considering a theme, let the following topics be your guide: Hobbies you love and actively pursue _ Unique accomplishments _ academic, athletic, or otherwise _ Work habits or attitudes that stand out as predictors of future success _ Family background, parents or other mentors who have encouraged and supported you _ Personal hurdles you have overcome _ A major life event which produced positive results _ Keep in mind the most effective showcase for your desire and drive to succeed in medical school and beyond is a past experience you can illustrate using concrete examples and descriptive language.
Failure to comply with essay requirements _ Different schools will have different requirements when it comes to writing personal statements. Typical requirements and guidelines include the word count, number of paragraphs, fonts, document size, and deadline of submissions, among others. More than writing a personal statement that will pique the interest of your readers, following the set guidelines is no less important. By following correct instructions, you are essentially communicating to the selections board that you are willing and able to stick to the rules.