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    Personal Statements

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    Dear SGU Students,

    I would like to ask your thoughts about personal statements that you sent to SGU. The personal statement has been one of the toughest things to write because I don't know what I should put in there. I tried to write a personal statement that reflected my past experiences and what led me to become a doctor, and a close friend tore my personal statement apart.

    While I'm not disappointed, I am rather confused as how to go about the whole thing. I have so much that I want to write about, including a great deal of experiences that have hindered my ability to perform well in school and other personal situations. I want to point out key times on my transcripts that show my ability to succed, but I'm having trouble directing my essay. Could people provide some useful help in regards to this issue. Thanks for any help,

    Ed
    Houston, Tx
    "When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble." - Psalms 9:12

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    I know the feeling...

    Hey Precision,

    I know the feeling.....i spent a month trying to perfect mine, and I finally got everything sorted out. I talked to quite a few people who read these essays at my university and the most important thing they say..........is to make it PERSONAL!!

    They HATE reading the same old dribble 90% of students write for their statements.......statements that are full of generalizations and such. For example, going on about one's grades (or why they're not up to par) or talking about how you love medicine, and that you want to help people and serve society is fine and dandy.......but this is not what they're looking for.......that should be inherent in the fact you want to study medicine to begin with.

    What they ARE looking for is a few personal events in your life that made you want to consider medicine. Maybe your life is not as exciting as someone else's......but you must remember.......they're reading hundreds of these weekly.......you want yours to stand out.

    I wrote mine like a story........and made it interesting......talking about a few events during my volunteer experiences that turned me to medicine etc. I spent a couple paragraphs AT THE MOST talking about grades and awards and all that jazz.

    Basically, when you read it, you want it to come off that this is truly about you, and encompasses you.........and is not so generic in its terms that it can be applied to almost anyone.

    PERSONALIZE IT!!

    Hope that helps...

    ~~ryan

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    personal statements

    BE YOURSELF, DONT SIT AROUND WITH A BUNCH OF GEEKS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OR WHAT TO WRITE ON A PERSONAL STATEMENT. IF YOU ARE NOT RIGHT FOR THE PROGRAM, THEY WILL FIGURE IT OUT AND YOU ARE BETTER OFF ELSEWHERE. BOTTOM LINE IS TO WRITE IT LIKE YOU WOULD WRITE THE STATEMENT AND AGAIN I CANNOT SAY THIS WITH ENOUGH PUNCH, DONT WASTE YOUR TIME TRYING TO BE SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT.[

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    personal statement

    If you applied to US schools through AMCAS, you can just use that personal statement if its a good one. Thats what I ended up doing and it worked out fine.

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    RE: essay

    Hi Ed

    It looks like you have the raw ingredients for an excellent essay--you have drive and motivation to enter medicine, yet realize the limitations of your application and can vocalize those problems. If it's writers block, try writing a long email to a friend. Just sit down for an hour, no less than, and write anything. That will give you a feel for a dialogue-type style that you'll want to have in your essay

    Hope it helps some.

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    merci beaucoup

    Hey, thanks for all your comments and support. I have had several people reply though personal messages, and I've found tremendous support through them. I finally have found my direction and will hopefully finish it at the end of this next week. Thanks again! Anyone who would like to critique it, is more than welcome.. just email me [email protected]

    Thanks,

    Ed
    "When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble." - Psalms 9:12

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