oMake sure you haven't used over long, unwieldy sentences or paragraphs. If you have you must break these up. _ oThat you've started your personal statement with a powerful introduction so this captures your reader's attention _ straight away. oThat your structure is easy to follow and that each sentence hooks into the next line. oThat you finish with your future career goals. _ A key advantage is to use a professional to edit and improve your personal statement. If, however you are working in isolation and do not have that advantage, be wary of allowing family or friends to read and comment on it. For one thing, an outside will be objective and critical: they may be full of praise or go to the other extreme so far as style, at least, is concerned.
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.