Show, Don't Tell. This is one of the most difficult (but also one of the most important) skills to incorporate into your essay. "Showing and not telling" means that you ground your essay in specific details. Rather than simply asserting a big idea, you describe the experience surrounding it. Consider the following two examples: a) Because I was often sick, I learned one of my most important values in life: to make the most of my time and create a meaningful existence. b) When I was little, I was often sick. I would spend days in bed, and as an active kid, I hated the enforced stillness. I used to complain ceaselessly to my parents__but rather than let me succumb to self_pity, my parents would force me to make the most of my time. And as I painted, built Lego castles, and wrote crazy madlibs (quite badly!), I learned something important about myself: that I could be happy so long as I was productive. Do you see the difference? The first example offers a statement of personal belief__ but because it is just a factual declaration, it sounds as though it could have been written by anyone. The second example offers the same idea, but shows us rather than tells us about it. As a result, it is personal and unique, and makes the writer stand out as an applicant.
The personal statement is a critical component of your medical school application for two reasons. First, it provides you with an opportunity to differentiate yourself from other applicants. Most medical school applicants are extremely similar: they have high GPAs, performed well on their MCATs, and have done some research or volunteer work. The personal statement is your chance to highlight your application as a cut above the rest. Second, it will help serve as a basis for discussion during your interview. Once you are selected for an interview, your performance during the interview will be crucial in deciding your acceptance. Interviewers will often look to the personal statement to help them engage you in conversation. A strong personal statement will help foster a natural and mutually rewarding conversation with your interviewer. There are many important aspects when it comes to writing personal statements in general. These include correct spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc. The following five tips are the ones that we feel are the most important for medical school application personal statements in particular.