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Personal Statement

What is a personal statement?

A personal statement is a written description of one's achievements, interests, etc. included as part of an application. In other words, this is a statement that tells the committee what they don't know from the other information like GPA, Pre-Reqs, Shadow/Volunteer experience, research, etc. Give the committee a glimpse of YOU that they won't find anywhere else. Once you've completed your personal statement, have someone else read through it with a committee members eyes and honestly ask the question: "Would I want to interview you?"

Things to help you get started:

  • What 5 traits do you want to demonstrate to the committee?
    • Responsible
    • Dedicated
    • Team Player
    • Etc
  • What events have happened shaping your goal for going into your field of study?
  • What are your future goals?
  • What is the source of your passion?
  • Who are the most influential people in your life?
  • Looking back what can you recall having changed you? How were you effected?

Leave Dr. Seuss out of it: A great article on what shouldn't go in your personal statement.

When writing be sure to keep these 3 tips in mind:

  1. Be positive
  2. Use descriptive examples and an active voice
  3. Be yourself

It's never too soon to begin writing your personal statement

Plan on multiple drafts:

Many students underestimate the power of a personal statement. It should not be written quickly or without planning, you should expect to write multiple drafts. Be sure to regularly meet with your pre-health advisor to help you revise and beautify your statement. Keep in mind that our advisors have read many personal statements and have valuable feedback. Although you are not required to act on their advice it is strongly encouraged that you take it into consideration.