Use of inappropriate topics _ There are certain topics that should not be discussed in your personal statement and, therefore, should not be included in statement samples. A tatement should not mention poor grades, political leanings, and pointless gimmicks. If an example statement includes topics about political opinions or is too lengthy to the extent that it no longer makes any sense, you need to search for a better sample online. Using a sample as a guide when writing a statement is highly useful; however, not all samples are actually reliable. By learning to pinpoint the telltale signs of a bad statement example, you can find a better sample to help you write a winning admissions essay for your college, graduate school, or law school applications.
Over the past decade I have written and/or edited scores of medical residency personal statements for MDs applying for medical specialty residency positions at dozens of teaching hospitals. Although it was never my intention to become an expert on writing these documents, that qualification just sort of evolved naturally over the years. Not long after I set up my two main "writing help" websites and started to create my series of writing_help how_to books, MD's from all around the world started inquiring as to whether I could help them write or edit their medical residency personal statements. As a professional business writer who had already published a book on how to write college admission essays, I found the transition to medical residency personal statements to be pretty straightforward. That's because, in the final analysis, it really IS all about how best to communicate a specific message in writing, regardless of the particular application. It wasn't long after I started receiving these draft residency personal statements and personal letters from MDs, until I noticed that there were three areas in particular where a lot of the applicants were missing the mark when drafting their statements. Consequently, the following are what I have come refer to as: