If you are a pre-med student or a student waiting to get accepted into university, it’s important to know these key factors before submitting your personal statement. Almost every student goes through the pressure of making his/her statement as good as it can get. It is essential that one gives enough time and thought before writing their statement. It can be extremely challenging to collect your thoughts together and pen-down one perfect statement. In times like these students need to be more focused and list down all the crucial points that would add value to their statement.
Your personal statement places a huge role in your admission process. There are a lot of times when a student that hasn’t consistently scored merit gets picked over by someone who is slightly more academically inclined. This happens based on an individual’s statement. Students should know that there isn’t one specific way of writing an excellent personal statement. It works differently for different students. Bt one thing everyone should keep in mind is that originality is key.
- Start ahead and keep making rough drafts – To have a correctly written personal statement by the end, you need to start working on it way ahead of time. Don’t be worried if you feel clueless in the beginning. Everyone requires enough time to understand what fits best on their statement. To get these words right keep drafting your points without any order, although, it is essential to give a nice flow to your story. You must know that a personal statement can sometimes take up to a month even. Just remember to keep your statement original.
- Focus on your experience in patient care service– All personal statements need to focus on your previous experience to make it more credible and valuable. In case of a medical college statement, you must include relevant experiences such as working under a doctor or in patient care as a volunteer. Talk about the insight you gained while working as an intern and how it has shaped your decision to apply for med school. This section should be the center of your statement, and it needs to draw the attention of the reader and make them believe that you know what exactly you’re doing. In many cases students fail to convey the right message and focus on ‘about myself’ part, drifting away from the main point.
- Support all your claims– Make sure that every accomplishment, achievement, and experience you mention in your statement has physical proof to support your claims. You need to claim that you know what it takes to be a doctor. This means that you must have a credible qualification, work experience, etc. Many students think it’s easy to get away by adding false claims into their statement, but this is not the case. Doing this may lead you into a lot of uninvited trouble, not only from the respective university but maybe every medical university. At the same time don’t add irrelevant experiences and try to explain why it has benefited you. You need to be mindful before talking about certain things on your statement. This will mean that you are wasting the time of your reader and you might get disqualified.
- Understanding the course– One might think that the reader that is a college administrator may not be interested to know about the full details of the course you have opted, it’s the exact opposite. The reader wants you to elaborate on the course you have opted to clearly understand your knowledge about the course. It is essential that you talk about the course and explain why which parts of it have drawn your interest the most. You can include things like your strengths and experience and relate it to the preferred course. Don’t expect the reader to read between the lines and assume that you are extremely passionate. You need to also mention how important this course is to help you succeed in your goal to become a good doctor.
- Clinch your grammar, structure flow– It would be unfair to assume that you would have spelled and grammatically gotten everything on point before proofreading it several times. Even if you consider yourself to be anywhere between a strong writer and a reasonably good writer it is suggestible that you get your statement read by someone. Rereading your statement by yourself is also equally important. Remember that when you reexamine your own words, you may get new ideas or undo some old ones. You must remember that redrafting the phrases or maybe even changing a big chunk of your letter is relatively common, so do not hesitate.
When it comes to maintaining a flow of structure be sure that you have drafted your lines several times before getting it absolutely right. This practice has only done well to many students. To end this whole blog here is a small, meaningful and relevant quote – “I have someone else read my paper out loud to me. This is probably the single most critical tool I have ever found to help with writing.” — Shane Pennington (Human Situation, 2002-2003)