C. How do field experiences enhance your application? _ What internships and/or jobs have you had in the past? _ What have you learned from your internship and/or job experiences? What skills have you acquired through your internship and/or job? _ How are your internship and/or job experiences related to your field of interest? Have your internship and/or job experiences prepared you for your future career? _ Have you been involved in any social services? How has the experience contributed to your growth, and how are these experiences related to your goals? _ What extracurricular activities have you participated in and how do they contribute to your professional goals?
2. Make excuses _ Lots of applicants have weaknesses in their application files, especially in their transcripts. Maybe you got low grades your freshman year. Maybe you had to leave school and work for a while. Maybe you got an F in that statistics class and had to retake it. Or maybe you got a degree in one field and are applying to grad school in a different field; or you didn't pass your medical residency exams the first time. Whatever your weakness is, do not offer excuses and do not bad_mouth anyone. So it wasn't your fault that the professor lost your final exam and flunked you, or jobs dried up in your original field of study, or you had the flu when you took the GRE. Don't say anything that sounds like an excuse or sounds like you are blaming someone else for you failing to achieve a goal. Even when it is true, it may make you seem whiny and unable to accept responsibility for your actions. Instead, address the weakness at the end of your statement, and explain how you have overcome it, learned from it, and are a better candidate now because of it.