The Components of an Effective PS _ Having come across thousands of personal statements, we have realized an effective PS is one that is concise yet substantial, informative and interesting, and one that leaves a mark on its readers. Similar to other forms of discourse, a PS should demonstrate a main underlying theme that will anchor the narration of details to prevent the essay from being just an enumeration of information. From experience, we know all applicants are capable of presenting their ideas in an essay, but only a few are capable of accomplishing this in an organized manner. Why is organization important in a PS? As with any essay, there is a minimum requirement_to arrange your ideas into a cohesive whole. This is the reason why formal English divides an essay into three basic parts: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. So important is organization that this is the first factor we consider in composing or reviewing any essay that goes through our English language service. This is the most elusive component yet the most useful once we master its creation. From this, all other components will follow. Below, let us identify the four core components of an effective PS: _ An appropriate outline _ There are several different ways to structure an essay, but the most common format includes an introduction, a body, and a concluding paragraph. Most applicants believe that the more information they cram into their PS, the better their essays will turn out, and thus the greater their chances of being accepted. However, in their attempt to do so, they simply enumerate information and do not establish transitions between paragraphs, resulting in a résumé or autobiography written in prose. This is wrong.While it is true that an effective PS should be informative, keep in mind that it should be more than a simple enumeration of relevant data such as grades, awards received, and the like. A PS should be a creative presentation of details executed in an interesting and coherent manner. This is where an outline comes in. If you wish to present more specific details such as titles of papers, awards, internship experience, and extracurricular activities, we suggest you include these facts in your Curriculum Vitae instead.
Take a minute and think about what most students are electing to write about in a medical school personal statement. 5ꯠ times, a medical school admissions committee member sees: "I want to be a doctor," "I want to help people," "I have wanted to be a doctor for a long time." To an experienced admissions committee member, these cliched reasons say, "I know I want to be a doctor but I don't really know how to express why I want to do it. I don't have specifics, clear motivation. I don't have a specific orientation. I just want to do it." To write a medical school essay that's great, you've got to transcend generalities like that in order to be persuasive. Because if you don't, what's going to happen is your reader is going to say, "I've read this medical school personal essay a million times before."And although it's a nice medical personal statement, it has nothing new, nothing unique to you. It causes your reader, the person who's going to determine whether or not you get an interview, to look at other aspects of your application to try and get some sense as to who you are. And that is going to be experiences, it's going to be grades, it's going to be MCAT score. Your reader, the committee member, is really going to be stuck, struggling to figure out why you're applying.