The body _ To compose the body, go back to your theme and identify the major ideas that could support that theme (which has now become your main thesis statement). Each point should be supported by specific evidence, examples, or arguments. Quantify your achievements and use clear, positive language. Write about unique personal information because this is what the evaluations committee wants to read. Continue brainstorming. Write the topic sentence for your first body paragraph. Make sure it provides a focus for your paragraph and is not overly general. Do the same for the other body paragraphs. To generate interest, try searching for examples related to the literature (direct quotes, paraphrasing, etc.) that you can use in your first body paragraph. Use your outline as guide and present the information in full sentences that flow logically from one to the next. After writing down all your points, arrange these points such that they smoothly follow one section after another. Next, write your concluding statements for each paragraph. Note that it should clearly state the point you are trying to make and lead it into your next body paragraph. Use concrete examples from your life experiences to support your theme and distinguish yourself from other applicants.
4. HAVE AN ENGAGING OPENING. Given the limited time committee members have to initially review each packet and read each personal statement, an interest_catching opening is essential, playing off the unified theme you have decided on. Choose a quote which sums up a hurdle overcome or an attitude which has brought you success in the past. Begin with an anecdote, a brief personal story which serves as a lead to your ambition and drive to follow in a mentor's or family member's footsteps. Ask a question, one which frames a hobby or a major life event that has set you on the path to medical school. Whichever opening you choose, it should be professional rather than chatty, and more importantly, get immediately to the heart of whatever it is about yourself you are highlighting. You have a limited number of characters at your disposal ), so setting the scene with your introduction should use up very little space. We all tend to be taken by personal stories, but the point is how your story leads directly to those characteristics that medical schools will feel best fit their program and faculty.