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.
One approach is to begin with an interesting statement, then follow it with a brief overview of your main theme. e creative with your introductory paragraph. Another approach to make it unique is to use personal information that distinguishes you from the rest and makes the essay stand out from others. Another approach is to use a fact or a literary concept, which is relevant to your theme. Paraphrase it or use a direct quote, and add in whatever point you are trying to make. As much as you would like to present a good introduction, do not fall into the trap of making hasty generalizations, sweeping statements, and/or other pronunciations. Keep the tone light and personal. After all, you are telling your own story.