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.
The entire college admission process is grueling and psychologically taxing, but little is worse off than writing the personal statement for college applications. At first, you may think that the personal statement for college is going to be easy; just sit down and write a few words about what inspires you, or what you want to accomplish, etc and that's it. However, personal statements for college are more than that. You see, the fact is that when you are in high school, you probably have not much to do as far as writing is concerned. You could easily breeze through on the five paragraph essay, and write an endless series of meaningless papers, getting straight A's, as well as they are properly organized and formatted.