Personal statement examples can serve as a useful and excellent guide for applicants who want to write a winning admissions essay. As much as these samples are highly useful, not all of them can actually help you create a lively and compelling essay. It is important for you to be able to determine which personal statement samples are actually not worth your time. Here are some of the common features of a bad example statement: _ Incorrect grammar _ One of the common features of poor personal statement examples is incorrect grammar. In writing a statement, good grammar is very important. It will be impossible for you to highlight your skills and experiences through lousy writing. Therefore, a good sample should have clear and concise writing and correct grammar. If you are reading a sample personal statement with poor grammar, it's better for you to start looking for other samples online. There is simply no point in using a sample as a guide when it contains some grammar loopholes or if it has some coherence problems.
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.